The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Startup Community



The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) is the catalyst for applied life science programs on the UMass Amherst campus and enables industry/academic alliances. This is achieved by creating a ‘portfolio’ of translational life science projects based on faculty and student strengths in basic sciences on the campus and from collaborators. These capabilities position UMass Amherst as a regional resource for applied life sciences, novel industry relationships, and economic development in Massachusetts.

IALS contributes to the creation and advancement of new ventures and product candidates based on discoveries from students, faculty mentors and their collaborators. This has led to the development of a vibrant and collaborative startup community.

IALS actively seeks to expand and strengthen collaborations across the campus and beyond. In partnership with the Isenberg School of Management, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the UMass Innovation Institute, and the Technology Transfer Office, IALS is developing new models for collaborative entrepreneurship that help campus ventures to create value as they achieve milestones, secure resources, and develop product candidates.


If you are interested in working with us, please contact, Karen Utgoff at


Personalized Health Monitoring
Automated Controversy Detection
Cyta Therapeutics
Impacting Liver Disease Through a Novel Class of Polymer-Based Nanogels
Bio-electronic sensor
Bio-Electronic Sensors of the Future
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Cleaner and greener water purification technologies
Ernest bacteria
Ernest Pharmaceuticals
Engineered Bacteria to Treat Advanced Cancer
Forest Products Industry
Solving Global Climate Challenges-Innovations in Forest Research and Reforestation
Lumme Inc.
Lumme Inc.
Cracking the Code to Beat Behavior Change
Martin Lab
Martin Lab
Next Generation Manufacturing for RNA for Rapidly Emerging Therapeutics
Silicon Therapeutics
Silicon Therapeutics
Physics Driven Drug discovery
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Vapor Coating to Enable Smart Textiles
Progressing viral protease research with biochemical tools