The University of Washington's venture fund is set to deploy the money during four years.

The W Fund, a fund which is deploying $20m in promising start-ups spinning out from the University of Washington and other research institutions, recently launched.

The fund is set to deploy the money over the next four years.

Among those participating in the W Fund’s investment committee are Madrona Venture Group’s Greg Gottesman and Tom Alberg; OVP Venture Partners’ Chad Waite and Lucinda Stewart; former Microsoft vice presidents Brian Arbogast and Will Poole; Arch Venture Partners’ Steve Gillis; biotechnology entrepreneur Bruce Montgomery; Cardiac Science chief executive Dave Marver; Intellectual Ventures’ Patrick Ennis; and former GE executive Lonnie Edelheit. 

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