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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 is achieved in collaboration with industry partners. Furthermore, IALS trains an entrepreneurial workforce skilled in the discovery, development, and manufacture of medical devices, biomolecules, and delivery vehicles for the life sciences.

Funding Opportunities

Pew Charitable Trust

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science. Learn more at

Industry Outreach

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News & Events

What’s driving the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs?

Peter Reinhart, Director of IALS, was one the healthcare professionals on the Industry Panel at the Inaugural Session for Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in Springfield on Tuesday, January 19 to assess the costs and value of pharmaceutical drugs.


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