Biomedical pioneer Lee Hood will join Providence

New affiliation with Institute for Systems Biology will promote scientific wellness

It is my pleasure to announce that Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D. – a pioneer in biomedical science – will join Providence as our new senior vice president and chief science officer. His not-for-profit research organization, Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), will become part of Providence as our newest affiliate. Together, we will bring scientific breakthroughs in health and wellness closer to the communities we serve.

Dr. Hood is known for many important advances, including the development of the DNA sequencer and his groundbreaking work on the human genome project. He was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2011 and started several biotech companies, including Amgen, Rosetta and Arivale.

Lee Hood

In addition to his many credentials, Dr. Hood is also one of the most compassionate physicians I know. What’s more, he has a personal connection to Providence: He was born at St. Patrick Hospital in Montana.

He and his team at ISB are making remarkable discoveries and developing innovative models and tools for predicting, reversing and preventing disease. His vision for scientific wellness has the potential to transform the health of society as we know it and help more people enjoy longer, healthier lives.

Increased access to biomedical innovation

This is an exciting opportunity to align biomedical innovation with real world clinical practice. Together, we will establish joint research projects around scientific wellness, glioblastoma, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. We’re also looking forward to tapping into Dr. Hood’s expertise as we invest in health innovation through Providence Ventures.

ISB is based in Seattle and includes more than 140 researchers. The organization will become part of Providence through the secular entity Western HealthConnect and will maintain its brand and secular identity.

Questions, comments? Post them below

We will keep you apprised as the affiliation comes together. In the meantime, let us know what you think and what questions you have in the comments section below. This is an exciting new frontier in health and wellness, and we are excited to join Dr. Hood and ISB on this journey on behalf of the communities we serve and beyond.

  1. Will/does this research also include mental illness and addiction?

  2. I have a loved one who has been diagnosed with glioblastoma. During the webcast, can you give us an update on where we are with brain cancer research? Thank you.

  3. During April 8 podcast, I would like to hear an update on current Alzheimers research and funding status for Alzheimers research. My current understanding is ~ 50% of humans reaching age 85 will get Alzheimers and given that I don’t understand lack of funding from Congress.


    Bruce Douglas