Research and Innovation to Translate Basic Science into Product Candidates

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) translates fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being. Our specific objectives are to: (1) Become a catalyst and resource for ‘applied’ and ‘translational’ R&D activities; (2) Establish industry engagement models and industry collaborations; (3) Contribute to workforce development; and (4) Participate to innovation & entrepreneurship culture on campus.

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UMass Amherst Chemists Publish ‘Breakthrough’ Article on RNA Sequencing

For years, researchers who make large quantities of RNA for biomedical and biotech studies have run into a problem where their RNA synthesis produces sequences longer than expected, known as “nontemplated additions,” says chemist Craig Martin, CBD, and Chemistry, an RNA polymerase expert with 30 years of experience in the use of a model system known as T7 RNA polymerase.


Comprising 250 faculty from 7 colleges and 29 departments, conduct research and engage in hands-on education.


  • $150 million in new facilities
  • Industry Collaboratories
  • Prototype development and testing
  • Life Science & Advanced Manufacturing Service Providers


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