Applied Precision pioneers technology to fight disease

February 22, 2011

The cutting-edge technology to help scientists decipher AIDS, cancer and other diseases is manufactured in Issaquah.

The biomedical imaging systems company Applied Precision supplies high-end and high-tech microscopes and other equipment to pharmaceutical giants, medical research institutes and universities, including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

 Tony Kreipe, an applications scientist at Applied Precision in Issaquah, confirms the light path alignment, resolution and contrast specifications on one of the company’s Delta Vision Elite with TruLight optical microscopes. By Greg Farrar

Applied Precision relies on about 130 employees to churn out breakthrough after breakthrough from a little more than 50,000 square feet along 12th Avenue Northwest in the business district.

“We think it’s really important for the U.S. not just to be a service industry,” Joe Victor, president and CEO — and a longtime employee — said late last week. “We need to be designers and manufacturers of things as well. We’re proud to be a designer and manufacturer of equipment, half of which is exported around the world.”

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders singled out in the company in the recent Innovation in Issaquah contest.

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Restorix Health hyperbaric chamber leads to space-age medical research

February 15, 2011

Mention hyperbaric chambers, and most people start thinking about pressurized rooms where scuba divers afflicted with the bends go to recover.

But the chambers can be used for much more, and Issaquah’s Restorix Health plans to participate in hyperbaric treatment and research to find other medical uses for the pressurized chambers.

“We think there is great potential nationwide for what they’re doing and what they started in Issaquah,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said, congratulating it for receiving one of the chamber’s three Innovation in Issaquah awards.

Restorix Health Medical Director Latisha Smith shows one of the clinic’s six hyperbaric chambers. Restorix Health’s model of comprehensive care and research helped it receive an Innovation in Issaquah award. By Laura Geggel

Restorix Health, which opened in Issaquah in December, has grand ambitions for its comprehensive health care delivery system. With six hyperbaric chambers, it has the largest collection of large monoplace chambers in the country. The chambers deliver oxygen with an increased atmospheric pressure, and can help heal patients with diverse maladies, including diabetic patients who have dying tissue deprived of its regular dose of oxygen.

“By putting your whole body under pressure, we dissolve oxygen into the liquid part of your body,” Medical Director Tommy Love said.

Increased oxygen levels can stimulate different responses in the body, including faster healing and increased stem cells, Medical Director Latisha Smith said.

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Press Editorial

February 1, 2011

Innovative companies create community pride

Innovation is alive and well in the Issaquah business community. The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the top three nominees from a field of 23 companies and nonprofit organizations at its monthly luncheon last week to kick off its Innovation in Issaquah program, celebrating businesses that demonstrate innovative strategies in services, products or practices.

The winners are relatively unknown businesses in Issaquah, yet all three are making a difference globally. All three will elevate Issaquah as a great place to do business, well beyond the storefront.

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Off the Press

December 7, 2010

It is time to overcome hardship with giving

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Government budget cuts in 2011 are going to hurt the people who need the most help. With the federal, state, county and city dealing with huge revenue deficits — just when layoffs, furloughs and medical cost hikes are hurting most — the shredded social safety net is going to fail a lot of folks.

That’s why it is so important, in fact imperative, that this Christmas season we try to keep our local charities uppermost in our giving impulses. It’s the worst hardships those in need in the next calendar year will face that we need to anticipate and head off here and now.

In case a memory refresher will do some good, these are a few local places that can use our spirit of generosity:

Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah provides for children in need from birth to age 12 throughout the Eastside. To quote their website, “What you give, we give, to Eastside families struggling with job loss, homelessness, medical crisis and poverty.”

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Who’s News

December 7, 2010

Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club

Sydney Weber, Kirsten Dovey, Michelle Fredrickson and Malori Yates (from left), of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club, present Jim Dever, of KING-5 TV, with the 2010 Friend of 4-H award for his showcasing of 4-H when he hosted “Evening Magazine” from the 2010 King County Fair.

4-H club donates food to senior citizens’ pets

Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club

Members of the Eastside Rabbits and Cavies 4-H Club pose with their donation of more than 200 pounds of dog and cat food for Issaquah-area senior citizens.

Aircraft union donates toys to Eastside Baby Corner

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 14 and the Washington Chapter of the March of Dimes donated about 500 new toys, valued at more than $8,000, to the Eastside Baby Corner Dec. 6.

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft-oriented, independent aviation union.

Eastside Baby Corner hosts its first-ever fundraiser

November 9, 2010

Karen Rubin, an Eastside Baby Corner volunteer, stacks a donated shipment of new child car seats. In 2009, an average of 25 car seats were distributed each week. Contributed

For the first time in its 20-year history, Eastside Baby Corner is having a fundraiser for itself.

Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse, founded the nonprofit organization in 1990, using her house as a donation bank. The baby clothes, toys, shoes and bikes soon overtook her kitchen and dining room. Rowley Properties helped her acquire a facility, and the community has kept her awash in donations for children up to age 12 in the 20 years since.

But some donations were harder to come by, like car seats, cribs, beds, diapers, baby formula and baby food. When the Eastside Baby Corner board approved its three-year plan in 2008, it determined that the organization needed to find adequate and sustainable funding sources to buy the supplies that were in constant demand.

Through much planning, the board decided to start an annual luncheon to raise money and awareness for Eastside Baby Corner.

The free luncheon and fundraiser will feature Bill Grace, a social justice activist and traveling teacher who founded the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle. Grace directs Common Good Works and speaks at seminars across the world.

The nonprofit has set a goal of raising $50,000, director of development and community relations Helen Banks Routon said.

She thanked the luncheon’s four sponsors: Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center and Clark Nuber, a Bellevue accounting and consulting business.

Last year, Eastside Baby Corner distributed more than 40,000 items amounting to almost $3 million worth of goods.

Every week, “about 500 kids are positively impacted,” Routon said.

The nonprofit does not work directly with families, but with 120 provider partners. Each week, the provider can request up to 20 items, which it can then give to local families. Eastside Baby Corner also works with food banks, including the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Donations from the luncheon will pay for supplies.

“It’s a great way to mark our 20 years,” Routon said. “It’s a great way to build our resources so we can meet the needs of the children in our community.”

If you go

Eastside Baby Corner luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15
  • Hilton Bellevue
  • 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue
  • To register, e-mail events@babycorner.org or go to www.babycorner.org by Nov. 10. The website also accepts tax-deductible donations.
  • To donate new or gently used items, go to Eastside Baby Corner, 1510 N.W. Maple St., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Thursdays or 9 – noon Saturdays.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Who’s News

November 9, 2010

Trivia champions crowned

Trivia Champions of Issaquah

Issaquah Rotary Trivia Night on Oct. 26 at Malarkey’s raised $1,600 for the Issaquah Friends of Youth At Risk program.

The top three teams donated their prize money to the charity. The winning team crowned “Trivia Champions of Issaquah” included members Christine and Charles Chi and Shannon and Richard McVay. Read more

Sammamish grants dollars to Issaquah nonprofits

November 2, 2010

Sammamish City Council members cited the impact of the economic downturn and increased the amount the city grants to local nonprofits Oct. 26.

The money allotted by the council — $192,000 — includes grants to some Issaquah-based organizations. The allocation is a sharp increase from 2010. The city doled out $147,000 for 2010.

“I’d like to see some increase in funding for one time only because of these especially hard times,” Deputy Mayor Nancy Whitten said. “A lot of people who would normally give have given less because they can’t afford it or not given at all.”

The recipients include Athletes For Kids, AtWork!, Eastside Baby Corner, the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Faith In Action, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah Church and Community Services, the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Life Enrichment Options and the Providence Marianwood Foundation.

Women’s Club tea combines good times, charity work

November 2, 2010

Steamy tea, little sandwiches and sugary treats await those snacking at the third annual Harmony and High Tea hosted by the Issaquah Women’s Club.

After a group of friends founded the club in 1983, “just a couple of women who wanted to get together and have fun and do some good for the community,” the club has intertwined itself with Issaquah, forming friendships and donating funds to local groups, community outreach chair Mary Mallet said.

Tea aficionados chatter during the annual Harmony and High Tea auction organized by the Issaquah Women’s Club. By Debby Bader

At the tea, women of all ages can catch up with their family and neighbors. Joann McHolland plans to bring her 12-year-old granddaughter, who has already saved $100 to spend at the auction.

McHolland joined the club in 2002, after a vehicle accident made it difficult for her to pursue her other extracurricular activity: golf.

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Eastside Baby Corner hosts pants party

August 17, 2010

Donate new or gently-used pants to help Eastside Baby Corner increase its supply of pants for children in the upcoming school year.

Eastside Baby Corner is a charitable and green nonprofit organization that collects hand-me-down children’s clothing and other goods from the community; recycles and repairs items that would otherwise go to the landfill, purchases other basics; and distributes almost everything essential to children through more than 75 agencies serving families in greater east King County.

Since one of its recurring needs is clothing, especially pants for school-aged children, Eastside Baby Corner is inviting kids to join them for a Pants Party on Aug. 21. The sizes of pants most needed are 5-14, for both boys and girls. The main focus will be children’s pants, but volunteers will also accept other donations of children’s clothing and material goods. Read more

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