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The modular research laboratories are light, open, and flexible, containing a variety of fixed and moveable equipment with overhead service carriers and utility drops. Custom casework designed specifically for this project includes special biological safety cabinet "pantries" water resistant lab notebook cabinets, flush wall umbilicals, mobile vacuum cabinets, glassware pass-through cabinets, service core manifolds, and consolidated safety equipment cabinets.

Inspiring scientific advances

R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year

A flash of inspiration. A creative spark. A brighter future. It's all about the light.

For more than 25 years, Amgen has tapped the power of scientific discovery and innovation to advance the practice of medicine. Developing novel treatments based on research in recombinant DNA and molecular biology, Amgen has helped millions of people in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses.

A state-of-the-art research and development facility on the Seattle waterfront provided Amgen with an environment that would optimize scientific exploration and collaboration. Accelerate the drug discovery process. Encourage researchers to look beyond what was known. Push the boundaries of biotechnology to create groundbreaking new therapies.

The Helix campus was created to inspire, stimulate, and engage scientists; an environment filled with light. The perimeter was opened up to let in light.  Interior offices allow natural light to penetrate through extensive clerestory windows. Open, flexible lab spaces include the latest technological advances in computerization and robotics and custom designed casework and equipment. And lots of light.

Flad Architects (architect of record) with Koetter Kim & Associates (design architect)

Location: Seattle, Washington


"The facility is absolutely inspiring for people who work here. The views, the orientation of the buildings, the light in the interior - it has a big impact on our feelings of well-being and productivity."

 June EisenmanResearch Scientist
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This article outlines the design and programming efforts of the Amgen Helix Campus project, which lead to recognition as R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year.

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