The UW Coulter Translational Research Partnership (TRP) Program is an alliance between the School of Medicine and College of Engineering, with a dedicated focus on developing technologies that will save, extend and improve lives. The Coulter TRP Program supports a university-wide culture of translational research by helping connect UW engineers and clinicians working on translational research, providing resources to help teams develop a roadmap to commercialization and make contacts in industry, and developing educational programs on technology commercialization. The program is supported by a multi-year grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

With a long history of translating research into products for medicine, in 2005, the University of Washington became one of 10 pioneering universities to receive the Coulter Translational Partnership Award in Biomedical Engineering. Based on the success of the first partnerships, in 2010, 6 additional universities were awarded Coulter Translational Partnerships. To meet our aggressive commercialization goals, the UW Coulter TRP Program also partners with:

UW Center for Commercialization
Institute of Translational Health Sciences
Washington Research Foundation


Kassandra Thomson, Coulter Program Assistant Director

Kassandra Thomson, Ph.D.
Coulter Program Director

Phone:   (206) 221-1984

Award Application and Proposal Guidelines

Project selection is based upon the following criteria:

  • Significant unmet or underserved clinical need
  • Intellectual property position
  • Substantial improvement over the “Gold Standard” of current care and/or a significant reduction in the cost of health care delivery
  • Reasonable and achievable milestones
  • High probability of attracting follow-on funding within 3-5 years of receiving the award
  • Strength and nature of the clinical collaboration

Please contact the Coulter Program Director for further information.

UW Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program News and Events

  • smart magnetic nanoparticles

Coulter program helps launch BioE technologies toward clinical impact

Medical test and drug development technologies from UW Bioengineering have spun out into start-ups Nexgenia and Nanosurface Biomedical, with Coulter's help.

  • Wallace H. Coulter Foundation logo

2015 – 2016 UW Coulter TRP Program New Awardees

The University of Washington Coulter Translational Research Partnership (TRP) Program is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 awardees of Coulter funding to support commercialization of medical research. Five teams of university faculty won $100,000 – $150,000 grants in June 2015.

  • Kassandra Thomson, PhD, Assistant Director of the UW Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership Program

Kassandra Thomson Appointed New Interim Director of the UW Coulter TRP Program

Kassandra Thomson, Ph.D. has been appointed Interim Director of the W. H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership (TRP) Program. The Coulter TRP program was previously led by Kathie Jordan, PhD, who became the Coulter Program Director at Drexel University beginning in April 2015.

  • Surface analysis equipment

Coulter Program helps launch BioE technologies toward clinical impact (Part 2 of 2)

This May marks the 10th anniversary of the UW’s Coulter Translational Research Partnership in Biomedical Engineering, which has helped propel dozens of UW inventions from the lab toward clinical use. We profile one of Coulter’s recent successes: a platform for growing cardiac cells for drug toxicity testing. Researchers in BioE’s Deok-Ho Kim’s lab developed the technology, which was recently spun out to the start-up NanoSurface Biomedical.

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