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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.

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New Therapeutic Strategies May Delay the Metastases of Cancer Cells

Cancer survivors could benefit from new therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay the formation of metastases, UMass Amherst chemical engineer Jungwoo Lee and his research team, report in a paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Understanding the mechanisms that awaken dormant tumor cells will aid in the development of effective therapies. This work has been sponsored by the Institute for Applied Life Sciences.


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