The 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Medical Technology

Winner: Harlan Robins, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Harlan Robins
Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Seattle

Harlan Robins is solving scientific puzzles to improve the way the health care industry diagnoses, monitors and treats diseases around the globe. His company, Adaptive Biotechnologies, has pioneered a patented immunosequencing technology that leverages next-generation sequencing to profile T-cell and B-cell receptors of the adaptive immune system.

Adaptive Biotechnologies is bringing the accuracy and sensitivity of its platform into laboratories around the world to drive groundbreaking research in immune-mediated diseases, such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and infectious disease.

The most challenging aspect of Robins’ job is not having enough time in the day. “It really goes without saying that health care in general is a stressful field,” he says. “Whether you are a scientist or a physician, there is never enough time in the day to do what needs to be done. On top of that, getting people to believe in a new approach, which once seemed impossible but is now a reality, adds a whole new level of complexity. It’s 120 percent all the time — there are no defined work hours.”

Robins is inspired by being able to “translate the science from our research platform to help inform diagnostics and therapeutics that can actually help people.” 

Seattle Business Magazine to Honor 18 Outstanding Leaders in Health Care

Seattle Business Magazine to Honor 18 Outstanding Leaders in Health Care

Honorees to be celebrated on March 2.

Seattle Business magazine has announced finalists for its 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards. Chosen by a panel of judges, the finalists are individuals and institutions leading the effort to improve Washington's health care sector. This year's finalists are:

1.    Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
2.    Al Fisk, MD, The Everett Clinic
3.    Genoa
4.    Group Health Cooperative
5.    Cynthia Hecker, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
6.    Bryce Helgerson, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
7.    Norm Hubbard, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
8.    Peter Myles McGough, MD, UW Medicine
9.    Navos
10.  Pacific Medical Centers
11.  Oliver W. Press, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
12.  Paul Ramsey, MD, UW Medicine
13.  SCI Solutions
14.  Seattle Genetics
15.  Preston Simmons, FACHE, Providence Health & Services, Everett
16.  Jeffrey J. Tomlin, MD, EvergreenHealth
17.  Virginia Mason Medical Center
18.  Wellpepper

Gold and silver award winners will be honored at the Leaders in Health Care Awards gala on March 2 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. Winners will be recognized in a variety of categories, including Outstanding Medical Center Executive, Achievement in Community Outreach and Innovation in Health Care Delivery. For more information, contact Michael Romoser at West Monroe Partners is presenting sponsor for the 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards program.