The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Applied Life Sciences Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) will mark the opening of its new $150 million state-of-the-art research facilities at 240 Thatcher Road, University of Massachusetts Amherst with a grand opening celebration on October 21st. Established in 2014 with $95 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and $55 million from the University, IALS brings industry and academia together to translate life science research into products that improve human health such as medical devices, drug-delivery technologies and therapeutic candidates.

Schedule of Events

09:30 a.m. Light breakfast and networking
10:00 a.m. Welcome & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  Peter Reinhart, Director, Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), UMass Amherst
  Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Chancellor, UMass Amherst
  Stanley C. Rosenberg ′77, Massachusetts Senate President
  Edward W. Collins Jr., Member, UMass Board of Trustees
  Patricia Filippone, Executive Director, UMass Building Authority
  Michael Malone ′79 PhD, Vice Chancellor of Research & Engagement, UMass Amherst
  Benjamin Bradford, Director, Regional Development Strategy, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)
11:15 a.m. Poster/Networking Session & Press Interviews, Media Tour
11:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Harvey Lodish, Professor of Biology and founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, founder of Genzyme, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, member of the National Academy of Sciences.
12:05 p.m. IALS Vision Talks
  Sankaran Thayumanavan, Director of the Center for Bioactive Delivery
  Jack Fuller (MS '13-Chemistry) Investor Analyst at Life Science Nation, Boston, MA
  Peter Chien, Director of the Models to Medicine Center
  Jacob Lytle (BS '16-CHC, iCons, Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology double major) Waters Corp., Milford, MA
  Patty Freedson, Director of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring
  Greg Petrucci (BS '17) Kinesiology, Commonwealth Honors College
12:30 p.m. Lunch, Facilities Tours, and Poster/Networking Session
1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Industry & Academic Collaborations - “Role of Industry in Achieving and Implementing IALS Mission/Vision”
  Katherine Ruiz De Luzuriaga MD, UMass Medical School - Moderator
  Panel Members:
  Christina DeMur, VP of Digital Health, Redpine Signals
  Mark Namchuk, SVP Research, Non-Clinical and Pharmaceutical Development, Alkermes
  Jay Schwartz, CEO & President, AcuityBio
  Richard Korsmeyer, Executive Director, Advanced External Projects, Pfizer
  Peter Reinhart, Director, Institute for Applied Life Sciences, UMass Amherst
  Deepak Ganesan, Associate Professor, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass Amherst
  Lisa Minter, Associate Professor, Veterinary & Animal Sciences, UMass Amherst
  James Watkins, Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering, UMass Amherst
2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks followed by Facilities Tours, Posters & Networking Reception


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