Washington State's Life Sciences Discovery Fund said this week that it has awarded six grants worth a combined $5.1 million to state life sciences organizations and their partners.

The LSDF board of trustees selected awardees from 61 proposals that were evaluated by national experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Each proposal was rated on its scientific merit and its potential to improve health and health care in Washington and provide statewide economic returns.

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