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Scientific Instruments


Supporting the technology used in healthcare, research and education.

Contact Us

Location: T-264
8am – 4:30pm M-F

Scientific Instruments supports over 20,000 pieces of patient care, laboratory and research equipment spread across the greater Seattle area including the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, NW Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, UW Neighborhood Clinics and a variety of other University, state, federal and other publicly funded agencies. 

Services Offered Include:

  • Technology Management: Our record keeping system tracks instruments throughout their complete life cycle including initial inspection, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, recalls & safety alerts and final disposal.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Our records can be used to document compliance with TJC, CAP, CLEA, AABB, FDA, CMS or other accrediting agencies requirements for equipment maintenance.
  • Preventive Maintenance (PM): We can establish a scheduled maintenance program customized to meet your specific needs. Workorders are automatically generated at pre-determined intervals and our technicians will travel to your location to perform services.
  • Routine or Emergency Repairs: We can repair most equipment found in patient care, laboratory or office settings and have technicians on-call 24/7 in case you need service after hours.
  • Design & Prototype: We can take your ideas and convert them into fully functional prototypes or custom devices.

Our Mission:

Scientific Instruments provides technical expertise and solutions in the maintenance of clinical and laboratory equipment to support the mission of the University of Washington.

You may contact the Manager of Scientific Instruments, Herb Kramer at 206-685-0306 if you have questions or concerns.

Bone Marrow:
We regret to inform you of our decision to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of all Bone Marrow Transplant Equipment Kit products including, Ball Top Needles, Thomas Needles, Blunt Transfer Needles, Filtering Apparatus, Aspiration Syringes, Beaker Holders, Beakers & Dipsticks. Repair, sharpening and refurbishment services will also no longer be available. It has been our distinguished privilege to provide equipment used in bone marrow transplantation for over 40 years.

Machine Shop:
After over 60 years of service to the University of Washington community, the Scientific Instruments Machine shop has suspended operations as of March 31st 2017. This difficult decision was driven by a variety of changes in the business climate of the University, changes in how technology is used in medicine and research and the changing needs of our customer base. We are in the process of evaluating alternative ways to support our customers. Some services will be taken over by the Biomedical Electronics shop, some referred to other providers on campus and the remaining referred to 3rd party or the manufacturer’s service representatives. We will update this webpage as the situation develops.

For repairs of electronic or electro-mechanical devices or projects that do not involve extensive machining, contact:

SI Biomedical Electronics, 206-543-5580

For projects that require extensive machining (milling, turning, welding, etc) please contact one of the following:

  • Dept of Physiology & Biophysics, Eric Martinson, 206-543-0975
  • Dept. of Physics, Bob Scott, 206-685-4266
  • Dept. of Chemistry, Eric Strakbein, 206-543-1616