Kassandra S Thomson, PhD (CDI Director of Translational Research, Commercialization, & Operations, Bioengineering)

Kassandra Thomson is the Director of Translation & Operations for the UW Center for Dialysis Innovation. Previously, she was the Director of the UW Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program, a gap funding program for early stage medical device technologies being developed at UW. Over the 11 year span of the program, the UW Coulter TRP portfolio of funded projects led to over 40 startups and licensing deals. She has consulted for multiple biotechnology companies in the Seattle area. Dr. Thomson received her PhD in Bioengineering from UW in 2013, during which time she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and an American Heart Association Fellowship for her graduate research in cardiac tissue engineering, where she took a leading role in a multi-investigator NIH-sponsored project to develop engineered cardiac tissue constructs to treat heart failure. Dr. Thomson earned a Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate from the UW Foster School of Business, and was an Institute of Translational Health Sciences/Washington Research Foundation Fellow with the UW Center for Commercialization (now CoMotion).


Director of Translation & Operations, Center for Dialysis Innovation, University of Washington

Former Director, Coulter Translational Research Partnership, University of Washington