Our strategy for the life sciences includes promoting the economic development of the commonwealth, and western Massachusetts in particular, by serving as a hub for research, innovation, workforce training, and technology transfer to industry. Our success is driven by partnering with industry, venture capitalists, and federal, state, and local agencies. It is also tied directly to the quality of our infrastructure for life sciences research and development. To that end, the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) fosters collaboration among researchers, medical care practitioners, and industrial partners to advance medical technology, encourage the production of pharmaceuticals and point-of-care diagnostics, and develop novel patient-care techniques for personalized medicine. With 30 centralized core facilities, modern laboratories and office spaces, and collaborative areas for research and workforce training, IALS also provides comprehensive training programs for undergraduate and graduate students and continuing education to train for today’s life sciences workforce.