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Research and Innovation to Improve Human Health

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) translates life science research into products that improve human health. This vision will be achieved in collaboration with industry partners. Furthermore, IALS will train an entrepreneurial workforce skilled in the discovery, development, and manufacture of medical devices, biomolecules, and delivery vehicles for the life sciences.

Funding Opportunities

MLSC Funding Opportunities

Launched programs that create jobs and support scientific research.

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Industry Outreach

AstraZeneca Speaker Series

Dr. Craig Mello
"RNA Memories and Secrets of Inheritance and Immortality"
Tuesday, December 1, 2015; 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

News & Events

Joseph Jerry (M2M) Comments on Working at Both PVLSI and the University has Taught Him New Skills

Joseph Jerry, veterinary and animal sciences and science director at the non-profit Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, says working at both the institute and the university has given him new experiences and taught him new skills. He says working directly with patients and advocates has been “a wonderful experience” and that he has become a better communicator in the process.


More than 120 faculty plus students and staff from 4 colleges and 28 departments, conduct research and engage in hands-on education and training through IALS.


  • $150 million in new facilities and state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment
  • Industry Collaboratories
  • Prototype development and testing