Washington Research Foundation | WRF Capital

Partnering with Local Innovators and Investors

As a leading early-stage investor, WRF Capital works with entrepreneurs, research institutions, other investors and industry partners to transform great ideas into successful businesses.


Passionate Professionals

We have assembled a team of seasoned professionals who are passionate about applying new ideas and sharing lessons learned through years of investing and building great companies from the ground floor. We have established a strong reputation as trusted advisors, and we work hard to help our portfolio companies to succeed.

We focus on breakthrough innovations. We seek to invest in innovations that occur in the life science, information technology and physical science sectors, as well as in opportunities where these sectors may converge. We specialize in investing at the earliest stages, and are often involved before a company has been formed.

We are a recognized leader in commercializing technologies developed at academic research institutions, and have invested in more local university spinouts than any other investment firm. We seek opportunities that solve clear, unmet needs, are disruptive to the markets that they address, and have the potential to attract exceptional entrepreneurs and investors to help.

Contact Us

If your business or investment opportunity sounds like a good fit for WRF Capital, please contact us at info@wrfcapital.com.

Investment Focus

Life Sciences

Our Life Sciences practice focuses on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer healthcare opportunities.

Information Technology

Our IT practice focuses on enterprise software and internet-based solutions that offer innovation with near- and long-term potential.

Physical Sciences

Our Physical Sciences practice focuses on advanced materials and breakthroughs in diagnostics and scientific instrumentation.

Our success supports our philanthropy. We are highly motivated to succeed. Unlike other investment firms, we use the profits that we generate from investing to support the philanthropy of the Washington Research Foundation. Our investment returns support commercialization programs, graduate and undergraduate fellowships, faculty retention and recruitment programs, and other initiatives designed to stimulate scholarship and the advancement of science at our local academic research institutions. Our returns are invested in our region's future.