From the beginning of a career spanning more than 50 years, Dave Sabey has sought out people with a fresh perspective, an inspired vision and a relentless sense of purpose. Among his earliest developments were building Boeing Electronics clean rooms, constructing one of ADP’s first data centers, building and owning one of McCaw Cellular’s first cell phone switches, developing facilities for Exodus Communications, provider of the world’s first internet colocation services — even Starbucks’ first roasting plant— all were breaking new ground in industries of world-wide importance.
Today, that trend continues both through real estate development and investment with a focus on high performance data centers, health care and life science research and communications. From IT efficiencies and technology platforms dedicated to solving some of the hardest problems facing health care and life science, Sabey is passionate about promoting ideas that positively change the world for the benefit of all.
Sabey has served widely on many health care-related boards including the Harvard University Systems Biology Advisory Board and the University of Washington School Medical Center Board. He is the former Chairman and now a member of the Board for the renowned Institute for Systems Biology, founded by Dr. Leroy Hood, and now an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health. He also co-chaired Swedish Hospital’s highly successful $100 million capital campaign to improve patient care and treatment options throughout the Swedish system.
Sabey health care holdings include MultiScale Health Networks, a software venture co-founded with Providence Health & Services and Jim Harding, a former Vice President of Technology for Amazon. MultiScale’s mission is to develop technology platform services for Life Sciences & Health Care and to optimize hyper-computational applications and cloud services designed specifically for major hospitals. Also in the Sabey health care portfolio is its joint venture with the $22 billion investment fund comprised of Clarion Investments and the University of California Board of Regents.
Sabey is also founder of the Seattle Science Foundation, which was established to foster the collaboration of medical scientists, practitioners and engineers through high bandwidth transmissions while sharing some of the world’s most sophisticated skill sets. Through the Foundation and his work with some of medical technology’s most creative and productive thought leaders, Sabey is helping to advance a global health care network with Seattle as a central node.
Mr. Sabey and his wife, Sandy, have three children, two of whom work in the family business.