UW Bioengineering is excited to announce BioEngage: a new program that seeks to build mutually beneficial relationships with biomedical industry.


Email BioEngage at engageu@uw.edu


BioEngage aims to increase engagement of our students and faculty with the biomedical translation-commercialization sector — companies, non-profits, entrepreneurs, investors.


  • Professional development opportunities – Job prep workshops, networking events
  • Internship opportunities
  • Alumni/industry contacts
  • Advise – Classroom technical talks, employer panels, industry meet-ups
  • Collaborate – Faculty and student lunches, research roundtables with faculty, training grant partnerships, senior capstone design projects
  • Learn – Participate in technical symposia in key industry sectors
  • Recruit – Host information sessions, connect at a career fair, create summer internships, post a job or summer internship
  • Introduce your research to industry
  • Identify student support
  • Participate in company visits

Upcoming Events

February 24, 9am – 5pm (tentative time), room N130A

BioEngage’s series of day-long symposiums will continue this winter with one from the Molecular and Cellular Therapies sector of BioEngage. The theme “Molecular Recognition and Immunotherapies” is meant to encompass protein engineering, protein therapeutics, and antibody-based therapies, along with other molecular and cellular topics within this arena.

The symposium will feature:

  • Short talks and panels from lab groups and companies, including faculty, postdocs, and undergraduate students, and graduate students.
  • Discussions with industry leaders
  • Lunch
  • Networking time
  • Poster presentations

More details regarding the symposium will follow, including a link to a symposium website.

If you are interested in presenting a poster or a talk at the symposium, please contact Shivani Gupta at skgupta@uw.edu.

February 1, 3pm – 5pm

BioEngage is coordinating with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) to host a visit to their campus. During this visit, students will have the opportunity to interact with researchers at ISB, tour some of their labs, and learn more about the work being done there.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP. There are limited spots open for this visit, so RSVP soon!

ISB is located in South Lake Union, and is easily accessible from main campus via the SLU shuttles.

January 11, 2016, at 4:30pm, Room N130A

BioEngage is hosting a Career Meet-Up with Juno Therapeutics featuring Kathy Leach, Director of Analytics, and Ray Amato, Head of Technical Operations, Quality, and Regulatory Recruitment.

A Career Meet-Up is a chance to gather a number of interested students together with a company representative for informal discussion about industry in general, networking, and job opportunities.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

Juno Therapeutics is a company based in South Lake Union, Seattle, WA focused on revolutionizing medicine by re-engaging the body’s own immune system to treat cancer. They are developing cell-based cancer immunotherapies based on their chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and high-affinity T cell receptor (TCR) technologies to genetically engineer T cells to recognize and kill cancer cells. Learn more about Juno Therapeutics.

William H. Foege Bioengineering Building, UW Campus

BioEngage’s first day-long technical symposium will feature:

  • Short talks from lab groups, companies, faculty, postdocs, and students (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Discussions with industry leaders
  • Lunch
  • Networking time
  • Poster presentations

The BioEngage program of the Bioengineering Department is organizing its first “Industry-Academia Meet & Eat”. These events are casual lunch meetings at local Seattle companies in one of the specialized areas/industry sectors of BioEngage (NTD – Non-invasive Therapy and Diagnosis, MCT – Molecular & Cellular Therapy, MSD – Molecular Systems & Devices).

During the “Industry-Academia Meet & Eat” students and faculty from BioE and employees of the company are seated together during lunch and exchange information about their work and research activities in an effort to make these groups more aware of one another.

The next “Industry-Academia Meet & Eat” will be at Philips Ultrasound (22100 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell, WA) on Dec. 4, 11:45-1:00PM. Transportation to and from Philips will be arranged by BioEngage (NTD Group). We plan to have a group of about 12-15 people and we will depart the Foege Building at 11:15 am. If interested please go to: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/bluek2/285407 to RSVP.

  • BioE Faculty Webinar: Buddy Ratner- TBD
  • BMES/BioEngage Industry Panel- TBD
  • Technical Symposium: Non-invasive Therapy & Diagnosis- Spring 2016
  • Technical Symposium: Molecular & Cellular Therapy- Winter 2016


Posted 2/8/16

Summer internship program for undergraduates at Seattle Genetics (Seattle, WA).  The program will include opportunities that range from biological to analytical sciences. Several of these internships are posted on the WashingtonLifeScience website at http://www.washingtonlifescience.com/.  If you are interested in this opportunity, you can apply there or email engageu@uw.edu to be connected with the original contact at Seattle Genetics. 

Posted 2/8/16

Precision Image Analysis, Inc. (PIA) provides an innovative remote image post-processing analysis service for use in diagnostic medical studies. The HIPAA-compliant IT architecture enables physicians to remotely transmit images to PIA and have the cases post-processed and returned with a detailed report.

Precision Image Analysis is looking for support analysts to post-process full-body MR medical images. Training will be included and provided, experience is not necessary. The support analysts will be part of a collaborative team that will provide support for the Project Leads. As a member of the Research team, the support analyst will work closely with certified image analysts in analyzing MR cases on a daily basis. The position involves fast-paced, detail-orientated work that may require evening and/or weekend shifts.


Post-process images with guidance from certified PIA analysts
Quantification of Adipose tissue volumes
Quantification of organ volumes and dimensions
Quantification of cardiac function
Image pre-processing: image preparation – recognizing and accessing image artifacts and de-sampling
Provide support to Project Leads
Self-Manage deadlines
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment to meet specific deadlines: taking responsibility to complete assigned cases accurately, consistently, and in a timely manner.
Other operations duties to support the team.

Desired skills and education (Preferred – Not Required)

Experience with post-processing software: Comfortable with using and/or learning medical imaging post-processing software. Please provide a detailed list of software experience if applicable (experience a bonus).

Excellent attention to detail: Ability to follow specific Standard Operating Procedures to complete cases with a strong initiative to follow-through under close supervision in a complex environment.

Solid problem solving skills and the ability to work issues to their root cause and come up with ideas to prevent their reoccurrence.
Due to the responsibilities of this position a background check is required. Compensation will depend on your experience. We believe a full-time position is best, but part-time employment will be considered for the right candidate. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Note:  contact Bioengage (engageu.uw.edu) for more information on how to apply and also  so we can track interest.

Posted 1/20/16

PharmaIN Corp. is a growing biopharmaceutical company focused on enabling and improving injectable human therapeutics by leveraging our unique nanocarrier drug delivery platform technology. We are developing both an internal and external pipeline.

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Biology (full-time)


We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to help with toxicity, efficacy and pharmacokinetic studies in rodent models. The successful candidate will work closely with and report to a Research Scientist. This position will require lab work in two different locations in downtown Seattle and in Bothell.

Required experience and skills:

  • Strong experience with animal handling, dosing (IV, SC, IP, and Oral Gavage in mice and rats), phlebotomy, sacrifice, and organ harvesting
  • Rodent surgical experience is plus
  • Experience with various in vitro assays including ELISA and cell based assays
  • Experience with data analysis from ELISAs and deep understanding weight vs. molar concentrations vs. absolute amount of substance
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; EndNote is plus
  • Experience with in vitro assay development and tissue culture
  • Working knowledge of immunology and biology of autoimmune diseases is a plus
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, ability to focus and prioritize multiple projects, and adaptability required
  • Must be available for occasional work on weekends and evenings
  • Taking complete and accurate daily notes


  • D. in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or similar
  • At least 1-3 years hands-on experience with rodents (e.g. dosing, necropsy, tissue harvesting)

Contact Information:

Please forward your resume to jobs@pharmain.com and reference “Postdoc-Biology” in your cover email and subject line of the email.  Please, no phone calls. Thank you.

PharmaIN Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note:  contact Bioengage (engageu.uw.edu) for a PDF version of this announcement and to let us know if you apply so that we can track interest.

Posted 1/20/16

Location: Maple Grove, Minnesota (but work can be done from UW during the school year)

Position options: Paid Full-Time Intern, Semester Co-Op, 20+ hr. /week School Year Intern

Description: The Disease State and Technology RoadMapping (DS&TRM) Team is a business strategy unit whose mission is to provide knowledge-driven business decisions and cultivate disruptive innovation for the various franchises within Boston Scientific. This tight-knit group operates like a start-up and fosters a highly entrepreneurial, spirited, and collaborative environment. Projects typically include in-depth characterization and functional modeling of disease states, analysis of healthcare utilization, field research, and assessments of technologies, clinical trials, and intellectual property. Outputs of past projects have included development of novel prototypes, acquisitions, and clinical trial design for new therapies.

Application: Resume’s, cover letters, and CV’s will be screened and interviewing will take place as soon as possible; probable decision date no later than end of February; the positions are available as soon as possible. Working remotely away from Minneapolis is an option, some short trips of 2-3 days to Minnesota is required 2-4 times a year.

Current Research Areas: Boston Scientific is currently trying to develop a robust understanding of deep vein thrombosis and critical limb ischemia in order to understand the most viable diagnostic, pharmaceutical and device interventions. We are currently seeking BME students that would be interested in working with our team.

Responsibilities: Our interns are assigned to projects that will develop their clinical acumen, technical reasoning, and business acuity. Interns will be able to showcase their output to executives within Boston Scientific to influence critical business decisions. Potential responsibilities include:

  • Assess pathophysiology; determine novel therapeutic targets
  • Identify and prioritize technology opportunities using engineering first principles, technical requirements, and clinical requirements
  • Review clinical trial history, predict outcomes, and compare evidence between treatments
  • Review and analyze clinical trials and intellectual property to develop a technology landscape
  • Utilize knowledge to interview physicians, healthcare administrators and patients to assess needs



  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0+
  • Knowledge base in biology (e.g. anatomy, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry)
  • Knowledge base in physics and mathematics (e.g. kinetics, calculus)
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and strong passion for the medical field
  • Undergraduate Senior, Master’s Candidate, or PhD Candidate


  • Strong communication skills
  • Biomedical field
  • Ability to visit Minneapolis Minnesota but can work remotely

Note:  contact Bioengage for a PDF version of this announcement and to let us know if you apply so that we can track interest. 

Posted 1/20/16

The Modeling and Simulation group at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA is looking for co-op students to develop computational models related to chemical reactors and reaction processes.

Who we are: We are a fast-moving group whose mission is to support rational quantitative decision-making in drug discovery and development through the application of mathematical modeling.  In particular, we identify ways to translate preclinical data into recommendations for clinical development, and to make drugs more developable at every step along the way. We take a forward-thinking approach and build novel capabilities through focused research projects applying mathematical modeling to drug development in new ways.

What you will do: As a research affiliate, you will work on a project in theoretical reaction chemistry and reactor optimization. Working closely with our modeling scientists and engineers, you will explore in-depth an industry-relevant basic science question such as predicting chemical reaction energies and modeling drying times in agitated filter dryers (AFD).

We value all of our co-op students and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.  You will come away with a clear sense of what life is like in the Pharma industry, and how promising drug candidates are identified and progressed through development.

Who we are looking for:

  • A current graduate or undergraduate student.
  • Experience with mathematical modeling and differential equations.
  • Proficiency with MATLAB, Python, or similar.
  • Exposure to mass transfer based modeling and chemical reaction theory.
  • Comfortable with reading and analyzing scientific literature.
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Motivation and creativity to solve problems in drug design and synthesis.


  • Pay is $17/hour
  • This is a remote position; work from home or school.
  • Flexible time commitment of 8-15 hours per week for a minimum of three months.

How to Apply

Applications will be submitted directly to a UW BioE alumnus at Takeda. The application includes an “exam” to be returned with the application. Contact BioEngage if you would like the full application package. 

Physio-Control (Kent, Washington) is the world leader in developing, manufacturing, selling and servicing emergency medical response devices and software solutions. The company pioneered defibrillation technology over 60 years ago and continues to design and develop advanced emergency medical response tools for out-of-hospital (EMS/Fire), in‐hospital use (ever watch ER? Our devices saved a lot of people) and AEDs for every day workplace and community locations. Everything is designed for our customers, to work with them—whether it’s flexible energy dosing, integrated data management solutions that help them capture patient data, mechanical CPR or service—we make the lifesaving tools for lifesaving teams!


Internship program with Takeda Pharmaceuticals headquartered out of Boston (posted 11/5/2015; details coming soon).


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