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Translating Discovery

Translating Discovery to the Clinic

A fundamental understanding of biology and disease is the engine that powers progress in medicine. For Institute discoveries to make a difference, they must be translated to people. 

To facilitate translation to the clinic, the Institute will encourage studies in humans through several mechanisms:

  • Encourage proof-of-concept and pilot studies to evaluate novel hypotheses
  • Include physicians and clinical scientists, as well as basic scientists in the Institute
  • Facilitate human studies through connections to the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS)
  • The outstanding faculty of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the exceptional facilities of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics make it possible to extend discoveries into patient care

Translating Discovery to Industry 

To facilitate translation to industry, the Institute will use several mechanisms:

Encourage development of biotech opportunities

  • The Institute will enlist a few trusted advisors to facilitate translation to industry and the development of new biotech companies

Provide office space for entrepreneurial advisors

  • They can help identify opportunities
  • They can meet with and educate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows about translating discoveries and inventions to industry

Facilitate interactions of Institute scientists with industry

  • Interactions will aid collaboration, funding and alerting to opportunities

Facilitate interactions with: