Lake Union Steam Plant

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As the nexus of data science and T-cell immunotherapy research, Fred Hutch’s expansion into the Lake Union Steam Plant will fundamentally transform cancer research and care.

Fuel a Revolution in Cancer Treatment

We are pushing the boundaries of science to find cures now — because patients can't wait. That’s why Fred Hutch is transforming the Lake Union Steam Plant into a powerful generator of cures. In this future-facing facility, data scientists and immunotherapy researchers will use data-driven insights to develop personalized cancer therapies from patients’ own immune system cells. We believe that what takes place within these walls will transform cancer treatment forever. Your investment will make it possible. 



The facility will initially house 15 Fred Hutch faculty members and their immunotherapy & computational biology teams, with room to add up to eight faculty recruits in the future.


Scientists & Staff

The Steam Plant will bring together leading experts in data science, T-cell immunotherapy, and next-generation technologies to speed data-driven science that leads to cures.


Square Feet

Expanding into the Steam Plant will grow Fred Hutch's lab space by 15%, significantly increasing our capacity for high-impact research.



To move our researchers into the Steam Plant on schedule, we aim to raise $25 million by June 30, 2020.

“We have the expertise. We have the patients. The only thing we need to push this over the finish line is resources.”

— Dr. Stan Riddell, founding scientific director, Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center

Data Science + Immunotherapy = Faster Breakthroughs

By bringing together the right people and technologies in the right place, the Steam Plant will harness the power of big data to speed development of personalized therapies for all cancers and every patient. 

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What is Data Science?

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Three Types of T-cell Immunotherapy

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Single-Cell Sequencing

Dr. Georg Luebeck

Meet the Researchers

What is Data Science?

Data science is the practice of transforming large amounts of complex data into meaningful information. Data scientists are part mathematician, part computer scientist, and part trend-spotter. They are software engineers, statisticians, programmers, and others who use computational tools — like machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical modeling, statistics, and data visualization algorithms — to solve biological problems. Our data scientists use existing tools and invent new ones to find patterns that expose cancer’s secrets and extract lessons that improve care for patients.

Video: “Living Proof”

See what the Steam Plant will make possible with your support.

Collaboration by Design

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A One-of-a-Kind Research Environment

By design, the Steam Plant will support research partnerships and fuel connections: between leading experts and early-career scientists; between data scientists, T-cell immunotherapy researchers, and clinicians; and between researchers developing cutting-edge tools and those who are putting them into practice. When experts from different disciplines know each other, they discover areas where their curiosity intersects, deepening partnerships and generating original ideas to speed cures.

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Bringing Together the Brightest Minds

When our investigators move into the Steam Plant, they will strengthen existing collaborations and capitalize on new connections that spark entirely new ideas. The new facility will feature open, light-filled labs and offices; flexible spaces for individual work, quiet discussions, small meetings, and large symposia; and high-tech services at researchers’ fingertips.

You Can Accelerate Discoveries

When Fred Hutch moves into the Steam Plant in 2020, we will be the only cancer center in the U.S. with a dedicated facility for the integration of data science and T-cell immunotherapy research. Given the urgency of our work and our current momentum in T-cell immunotherapy, we need to expand our research capacity right now. Transforming the Steam Plant into a nexus of data science and immunotherapy will enable us to leap ahead in critical areas of research.

Below are some of the ways you can be involved in the science the Steam Plant will make possible.

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Propel Bold, Early-Stage Science

Gifts of $50,000 or more

Drive forward high-impact science by enabling researchers to pursue nascent, potentially lifesaving ideas in the lab.

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Power Next-Generation Technologies

Gifts of $250,000 or more

Supercharge our quest for cures by investing in an Innovation Lab that pilots emerging technologies, such as spatially resolved single-cell sequencing.

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Create a Meaningful Legacy

Gifts of $1 million or more

Link your name or the name of a loved one to lifesaving cancer research by naming the Steam Plant, an integrated research center, an endowed chair, or another priority area.

Speed the science that leads to cures.

Last Modified, June 01, 2020