UMass Amherst Launches Institute for Applied Life Sciences

Industry partners join to celebrate $150 million investment to bring new discoveries in healthcare services and products to the marketplace


DATE:          Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

TIME:           Event begins at 10 a.m.

                     Ribbon-cutting at 10:45 a.m.

                     Media availability, tours at 11:15 a.m.

WHAT:          Launch of UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences

WHERE:       UMass Amherst, Life Sciences Laboratories, 240 Thatcher Road

Massachusetts life science industry leaders, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and other dignitaries will take part in a day-long event launch of the university’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) on Friday, Oct. 21.

More than 200 people from across Massachusetts and beyond are expected to attend including industry leaders and entrepreneurs. A ribbon-cutting at 10:45 a.m. will feature Ben Bradford, director of regional development strategy for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), and Chancellor Subbaswamy. Renowned scientist Harvey Lodish, scientific advisor to Genzyme Inc. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, will offer the keynote talk at 11:45 a.m.

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IALS was initially funded by a $95 million investment by MLSC together with more than $55 million in investments by the university, contributing to the construction and fit-out of the Life Sciences Laboratories building designed for interdisciplinary research, student training, large-equipment facilities and spin-off companies.

Translational research is organized into three distinct centers: Personalized Health Monitoring, Bioactive Delivery and Models to Medicine. To date more than $20 million in IALS-related sponsored research awards have been secured, which includes 31 projects associated with industry collaborators. The investment in state-of-the-art equipment is designed for use not only by UMass faculty researchers but also industry and academic partners.