University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) transforms life science discoveries into products and services in collaboration with industry that improve human health and well being. Three unique research centers comprise the Institute:

Bioactive Delivery - develops and applies design principles necessary for creating innovative delivery vehicles with optimal performance characteristics for drugs and nutritional bioactives

Models to Medicine – identifies and validates new therapeutic paradigms, initially in the area of protein homeostasis

Personalized Health Monitoring – creates wearable sensor systems for personalized health and biometric monitoring

In addition, the Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (ICB3) supports the development and application of novel computational and statistical tools and techniques for the analysis of "Big Data" in IALS research.

The IALS Centers and the ICB3 represent a new emphasis on advancing research and innovation from bench to bedside and beyond, including product development. IALS research builds upon the campus’s national reputation in the fields of nanotechnology, polymers, chemistry, animal biotechnology, food science, kinesiology, computational sciences, and engineering. In addition to its research, IALS fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through interdisciplinary education and mentoring programs. The Centers also build a workforce pipeline through hands-on training, professional certificate programs, and skill-based workshops. Collectively, these research, education and training programs support economic development.