Harvard researchers hope to bridge the protein gap with new institute
Timothy Springer just unveiled the new Institute for Protein Innovation (IPI), aiming to bridge the gap in studying protein therapeutics. Springer, known for having a guiding hand in biotechs like Moderna Therapeutics and Editas, kicked in $10 million from his own pocket alongside a grant of $5 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
While the institute will be housed for one year within the Harvard Medical School, it will be an independent entity, collaborating with academics and industry alike to advance protein science, which co-founder and assistant professor Andrew Kruse explained to Endpoints News is “the bridge between the genomics discovery, discovery of a given target for instance and the actual development of a therapeutic targeting a particular protein.”
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