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Events

Upcoming LabKey Events

2018 LabKey User Conference & Workshop

Dates: October 4-5, 2018
Location: Seattle, WA
Venue: Pan Pacific Hotel , 2125 Terry Avenue

Upcoming Conferences

There are no upcoming events

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LabKey Careers

Careers

Develop for a Cause

We’re looking for exceptional people to help scientists attack some of the most challenging problems in the world. Our team partners directly with biomedical researchers working to prevent and treat a wide range of diseases (HIV, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, asthma, allergies, and others); we learn about their science and unique needs, and develop solutions to their data management and analytical challenges.

"LabKey is like no other company I have ever worked for. The sense of community, the passion for the work and the emphasis on balance make it an incredible place to develop."

Kelsey Gibson, Marketing Manager

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Office Locations

Worldwide Locations, One Team

LabKey is headquartered in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle with a secondary office in Downtown San Diego and remote locations in Minneapolis, MN and London, UK.

Seattle

Office Address

LabKey
617 Eastlake Ave. East, Suite #400
Seattle, WA 98109

Area Hotels

South Lake Union
There are two hotels in the South Lake Union area that are within several blocks of our offices.

Silver Cloud Inn, 1150 Fairview Ave N – You are welcome to call the hotel directly at 206-447-9500 and request the “LabKey” rate.
Residence Inn, 800 Fairview Ave N

Downtown Seattle
If you would prefer to stay closer to downtown Seattle, here are two choices close to the light rail train to/from the airport, and also close to the trolley that stops near our offices.

Westin,  1900 5th Ave
Hotel Max, 620 Stewart St.

San Diego

Office Address

LabKey
1620 5th Ave. Suite #725
San Diego, CA 92101

Area Hotels

Downtown San Diego
Hotel Palomar San Diego, 1047 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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Our Team

Senior Leadership

Team

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History

History

LabKey got its start in 2003, when Professor Martin (Marty) McIntosh started hunting for talent to build tools to manage a growing deluge of proteomics data at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Officially, Marty asked his friend Mark Igra to help him edit a job description. Unofficially, he was fishing.

Mark was intrigued. In the ’80s and ’90s, Mark had been a Program Manager for Microsoft Office Excel, the Swiss Army knife of bioinformatics, and co-author of the widely used EndNote reference tool. He asked about sharing the job with his friend Matthew Bellew, a lead developer of the first versions of Microsoft Access and SQL Server.

Mark and Matt were sold after Marty brought in his recruiting ace – Lee Hartwell, Ph.D. and Nobel Prize winner in medicine, whose passion for early detection of cancer helped shape Fred Hutch’s mission.

Within a week or so, their friend Adam Rauch had joined them in the development effort. Adam was paid exclusively with the princely treasure of a parking pass. Adam had designed the first two versions of Microsoft Visual Basic.

Starting in October 2003, these three friends worked in an empty, “interstitial” (partial) floor of the C building at the Fred Hutch. Their primary sight of the outside world was the weekly appearance of a yoga class in the floor’s conference room. The future home of LabKey Software home (the Arnold building at the Fred Hutch) was not yet built. They quickly began developing the core of LabKey Server, initially called CPAS (the Computational Proteomics Analysis System).

Don Listwin of the Canary Foundation has described scientific open source software as having “the half life of a graduate student.” Mark, Matt, Adam and Marty had a vision for robust, open source software that would break this mold. It would be useful to scientists beyond Marty’s lab, beyond the lifespan of any single project. It would be maintained and improved by professional engineers, not graduate students alone.

Soon other scientists noticed how handy Marty’s team (and their software) could be. Projects beyond proteomics appeared. More projects arrived than the three-person team could handle. Old friends George Snelling, Peter Hussey and Brendan MacLean joined the team officially in early 2005. The founding six LabKey Software partners had worked together since joining Microsoft in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Most had founded a software company together (Westside) and sold it to BEA (now Oracle).

As the team grew beyond the McIntosh Lab, Fred Hutch and the LabKey Software team agreed to spin out a small company devoted to building software for scientists, including Fred Hutch scientists. In January 2005, LabKey Software came to be. The company is partly owned by the Fred Hutch. In August 2013, the team moved just a few blocks south of Fred Hutch after growing in-house for 8 years.

Today, the LabKey Software team has software development experience that spans decades and major companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle. Many have worked together since 1989. Together, they have been granted numerous patents, and a multitude of peer-reviewed scientific papers.

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