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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

Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day 2016

The conference will feature Keynotes, Panels, Innovators’ Marketplace, Networking Reception with leading life sciences CEO’s , and Poster Competition.

News & Events

Rotello Wins Royal Society Award for Pioneering Research

The U.K. Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Organic Division announced today that it has selected Vincent Rotello, the Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the 2016 Bioorganic Chemistry Award for his “pioneering research in using chemistry of nanomaterials to understand and modulate biological processes.”


More than 175 faculty plus students and staff from 5 schools and 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