On the bus trip back to Seattle, I was absorbed by the (fairly) unobstructed views over Lake Union, thinking how clearly visible the Space Needle is even at such a distance, when this industrial building, looking very much like a power plant, with six smokestacks that didn’t seem to work, caught my eye. Then I saw Zymogenetics written on two of the smokestacks, covering their full length… What a strange name for a power plant, I thought, coming straight out of a science-fiction script. Somehow, it reminded me of the Zygons, those shape-shifting aliens from outer space, in Doctor Who.

Curious about the building (but mostly its alien-sounding name), I looked it up: ZymoGenetics, Inc was one of the oldest biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies in the USA, now closed at this address after its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, another American pharmaceutical company, headquartered in New York City. The building, or parts of it, was taken over by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the country’s leading cancer research institutions. (source: Wikipedia & GeekWire)

Bus-ride from Everett to Seattle, WA

June 14th, 2018


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