Make a gift that accelerates discovery and brings hope to people everywhere.

Well-resourced and unified around an urgent health challenge, the global scientific community worked together in a quick and coordinated manner to develop several safe and effective treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 in less than a year.

For anyone confronted with one of the many debilitating illnesses that don’t yet have treatments, these types of medical breakthroughs cannot happen fast enough. Typically, it takes nearly 20 years to move a new drug therapy from lab bench to bedside.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine’s new Academy of Translational Medicine is applying this accelerated approach to advance breakthroughs for other diseases that affect the lives of all Canadians such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases, mental illnesses and neurodegeneration. Our goal is to cut the delivery time for life-saving medical innovations in half.

UBC is the anchor for B.C.’s thriving biomedical research and innovation ecosystem, ideally positioned to bring together our academic, industry and health system partners to accelerate the translation of new therapies.

Your donation will help update and expand research services, technologies and facilities to better connect discovery science to clinical medicine, breaking down silos so BC’s biomedical research community can collaborate faster and more efficiently. The Academy will also benefit the province’s economic health, as UBC-led medical innovations are scaled-up through spin-off companies and commercialization opportunities.

You can direct your gift to support:

  • Team science: Researchers and clinicians collaborating across disciplines, geography and diseases
  • Shared technology: State-of-the-art technology, facilities, equipment and services for research, accessible across teams and sites
  • Training opportunities: Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students learning from and contributing to innovation
  • Educational opportunities: Teaching essential skills at the intersection of science and business, for example, entrepreneurship, regulatory affairs, intellectual property, policy and ethics

Before us now is an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the pace of biomedical discovery into clinical practice by strengthening BC’s biotechnology sector. Doing so will provide the foundation for improved patient and population health, greater equity and quality of life, and sustainability of our health care system.