September 24, 2018
Kinesiology alumnus Michael Busa, who received his PhD in 2015 with an emphasis on biomechanics and motor control, is featured in a recent article on UMass Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). Busa joined IALS as the founding director of the Human Testing Center having completed two postdoctoral fellowships - one in biomechanics and the other in physical activity monitoring. He is interviewed regarding his role in managing the new class of research relationships emerging between the university and its corporate partners in biotech and health care.
“It’s a new world for research academics,” says Busa, “because even though we are a public university, when companies come to us looking for research support, they want to retain their intellectual property. There are new rules, and we now have an example of successfully navigating those new rules and relationships.”
IALS’ collaboration with Novartis, which will use the Human Testing Center’s living science, sleep monitoring, human motion and other facilities to evaluate behavior- and movement-monitoring technologies, is now in development. He says it is the first of what he expects to be many “big collaborations” between IALS and biotech and health care firms.