Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass
On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.
The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
three research centers:
- Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
- Bioactive Delivery, focused on discovery and
application of new drug, agricultural and “nutriceutical” compounds.
- Models to Medicine, focused on translating basic
protein research by UMass experts into new therapeutic targets.
The Baystate grant will fund a new Health IT Innovation
Center. Sponsors and companies in the Center will work with each other and the
Baystate clinical staff to bring new product ideas to market. All of the
centers are emphasizing academic – corporate cooperation and are open to
collaborations with companies in the region or from anywhere in the world. For additional
information or for progress updates on these centers, please contact Mike
Graney at the EDC, firstname.lastname@example.org.