Hutch Data Commonwealth

Our Vision and Mission

The Hutch Data Commonwealth (HDC) is a group that supports data-intensive research for Fred Hutch and its collaborators through software and data engineering, training, and strategic connections. We are leading the creation of a collaborative research ecosystem that will enable investigators to leverage all possible data to understand and eliminate disease. We are doing this by driving the development of data-intensive research capabilities and infrastructure across scientific divisions and disciplines.

Matthew Trunnell


The Hutch Data Commonwealth is led by Matthew Trunnell, Vice President and Chief Data Officer, and McIlwain Family Endowed Chair at Fred Hutch. Under his vision and leadership, HDC enhances the impact of the Hutch's research data assets through engineering, stewardship, and data-centered collaborations.

For nearly 20 years, Trunnell has worked at the intersection of information technology and life sciences research in both academic and commercial environments in support of large-scale research.


What We Do

The Hutch Data Commonwealth’s specific offerings include:

  • Providing infrastructure, tools, and services in support of the management and analysis of complex research data.
  • Enabling the discovery of and access to internal and external data resources.
  • Aligning Fred Hutch’s interdisciplinary efforts in support of data-intensive science.
  • Connecting with regional scientific and technology organizations to extend the reach and impact of infrastructure efforts and advocate for broad data access.

Below are efforts undertaken in support of data-intensive research at the Hutch and beyond.


Data Science & Data Engineering

HDC provides services and support in the area of data analytics and machine learning for individual investigator-driven studies, as well as comprehensive clinical data processing, to meet prospective and retrospective research needs.

Services include:

  • Access to consortium clinical data for research
  • Clinical natural language processing (NLP) services
  • Data wrangling and access to public datasets

The scientific computing team (SciComp) provides support, training, and consulting for high-performance computing, scientific software, cloud computing (AWS, Azure), Unix database services, scientific data management and Linux desktop.

Software Engineering

HDC's team of software engineers work on projects that impact both patients and researchers. Recent projects include:

  • Discovery: A tool that allows Hutch researchers to search for files in the Hutch's Fast, Economy local (Swift), and Economy cloud (AWS S3) storage systems.
  • HutchBASE: Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for use by Hutch Shared Resources and researchers.
  • INSPIRE: An internet-based self-management program to improve outcomes for cancer patients who had a stem cell transplant. 
  • HICOR IQ: A data analytics tool which integrates cancer registry and health insurance claims data from across Washington state.


HDC pursues internal and external collaborations to advance data-driven biomedical research. These take the form of facilitating internships and fellowships, co-hosting training events and hackathons, and identifying groups with common interests in accessing data or technology to advance research. HDC also supports the drive toward open science with the Arnold Library. Collaborations include:

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Last Modified, November 14, 2019