LaunchPad Focuses on Catalyzing Early Stage Research

It takes an average of 17 years for new scientific discoveries to make their way into day-to-day clinical practice.

UC San Francisco is working to accelerate this process of translating findings from the bench to the bedside and developing tools and services to make that happen. One of those resources is LaunchPad, a new online resource designed to highlight the experiences and accomplishments of UCSF’s translational researchers, and to support them in their efforts to develop beneficial medical products. The site features videos of investigators sharing their experiences working through five keys to successful translational research – unmet needs, target product profile, collaboration, development plan and organizational support.

Click here for a Q&A with Ruben Rathnasingham, PhD, head of the Launchpad project, and learn more about the project in the four stories below.

Researchers Develop Novel Methods to Observe Disease Processes

Teams of scientists at UCSF are collaborating to build upon existing imaging techniques and find new ways to monitor diseases using creative applications of emerging technologies.

Team Developing Targeted Therapies for Pain and Inflammation

Through support from the Catalyst Awards, UCSF's Aditi Bhargava is working to develop a method for delivering small-molecules to a specific target group of cells for treatment of pain.

New Drug-Delivery System to Help Patients with Chronic Eye Diseases

A UCSF opthamologist and bioengineer are teaming up to develop a tiny, flexible, implantable film that's able to deliver conventional medicines and also complex antibody-based drugs to treat eye diseases.

Researchers Developing Stem Cell Therapies for Acute Lung Injury

A UCSF team developing cell-based therapies for acute respiratory distress syndrome benefited from advisors who helped identify gaps in their development plan.