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Research and Innovation to Improve Human Health

The Institute of 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

With hundreds of millions in an evergreen fund, AVM is looking to invest in more private companies in the early stage drug discovery and platform technology.

Research Highlight

The Challenge
Optimize the delivery of lipophilic nutrients or drugs through foods.


Anika Therapeutics Announces Strategic Collaboration with the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professors Sankaran Thayumanavan and Lisa Minter partner with Anika Therapeutics, Inc. in a research collaboration to focus on innovative therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.

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More than 100 faculty plus students and staff from 3 colleges and 16 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