University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Institute for Applied Life Sciences

Research and Innovation to Improve Human Health

Research Highlight

The Challenge
To treat the growing subset of asthmatic patients who are refractory to inhaled corticosteroid therapy.

Research Highlight

The Challenge
Lack of effective natural antimicrobial agents to tackle microbial contamination of foods and other products.


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. Learn more ...


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