CDL-Seattle is located in Seattle (USA) at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. For more than 100 years, Foster has fueled Seattle’s renowned innovation, imagination, and ingenuity. Foster faculty and students nurture rich partnerships with Seattle’s many iconic companies, driving our pioneering community forward.

A focus on Computational Health merges local strengths in software development, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning with biological, medical, and healthcare systems expertise to launch companies that revolutionize healthcare outcomes. In turn, this builds on our aim of bettering humanity through business. We foster leaders who have the courage and conviction to better humanity through action.

Strong partnerships across the UW campus–College of Engineering, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, and CoMotion–as well as support from private industry, notably Microsoft Corporation, provides a strong foundation.

We are excited to invite mentors and companies into CDL-Seattle. We find strength in diversity and originality. We foster a welcoming and inclusive environment that inspires everyone to be better together.

“I view CDL as an engine for scaling and funding deep-tech companies, which supports our brand of having an ‘innovation mindset. It will also offer students a highly experiential, hands-on entrepreneurial education and opportunities to work with startups in an objectives-based accelerator.”

Frank Hodge, Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the UW Foster School of Business

“CDL-Seattle is the missing link in the UW innovation ecosystem and our region. It has the potential to transform and unify research and commercialization activities in the computational health space and will help establish Seattle as a center of gravity for these sectors, while growing the strengths we already have here.”

François Baneyx, Director of CoMotion, UW Vice Provost for Innovation, and the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor of Chemical Engineering

“Think of computational health as a powerful tool in unraveling a complex, big data puzzle. Whether it’s mapping the immune system, mining population health data to address inequity, or helping optimize individuals’ health care, AI and ML are essential tools. Washington state has incredible cloud computing, AI and ML expertise and a vibrant biotech sector. We need to bring the two closer together.”

Emer Dooley, Pat Hughes Faculty Fellow at Foster, and Site Lead of CDL-Seattle

CDL-Seattle Mentors have backgrounds as operators, investors or scientists in a variety of different industries.

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Foster School of Business, University of Washington