LaunchPad is a project of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the leading university focused exclusively on health.
LaunchPad is designed to highlight the experiences and accomplishments of UCSF’s translational researchers, and to support them in their efforts to develop beneficial medical products. This online resource features videos of investigators, administrators and industry experts sharing their experiences working through five keys to successful translational research—unmet needs, target product profile, collaboration, development plan and organizational support—as well as other resources for researchers. LaunchPad is managed by CTSI’s Early Translational Research (ETR) program team.
The motivation for LaunchPad arose from experiences with CTSI’s Catalyst Awards Program, a CTSI award mechanism that fosters early interaction between product development experts and UCSF researchers. The Catalyst Awards Program is a critical resource for identifying challenges and opportunities, and supporting critical milestones in the development of diagnostics, devices, therapeutics and digital health. Interactions with Catalyst Awards Program participants highlighted the need to provide a venue for translational researchers at UCSF to both share and benefit from insights into the tools and resources offered by the program.
We want to acknowledge the contribution of many people who helped make Launchpad possible. In addition to the generosity and openness of the participants in the videos, we like to thank Amy Leventhal, Candice Tillitt, Stacey Chang, Zachary Krane, Nina Serpiello and Amanda Sammann for their guidance and support from concept to launch. Special thanks go to the outstanding group of UCSF researcher and staff contributors (below) who helped us identify and focus on the key needs of our target audience – early translational researchers who want to turn their research findings into patient benefit.”
Thank you for your interest in learning more about LaunchPad, and we hope you find it to be a useful resource. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how this tool can be improved and sign up to receive updates about upcoming videos and resources.
Associate Director, Early Translational Research, CTSI, UCSF
LaunchPad Coordinator, Early Translational Research, CTSI, UCSF