Dear ALS Community,
As we begin 2021 I again want to thank you for all of your support over the past year. Because of your unwavering support, the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is going into the new year armed with the resources needed to accelerate our ALS research.
While 2020 was a difficult year in many ways, it provided a unique opportunity for us to look at how we could become even more efficient in our research. Our science program has grown immensely since we moved to our Cambridge lab in 2012. And while our strategy to end ALS has remained consistent, our programs and our research capabilities have expanded. We have realized that our research has outgrown our Cambridge lab space and that a new space will allow us to tailor a lab around, what is today, the most comprehensive research program in ALS.
As a result of these learnings, I am excited to announce that this February, the ALS TDI lab will be moving to a brand new space in Watertown, MA. Also located in Greater Boston, Watertown is an up and coming biotech hub, and one that may soon rival our current city of Cambridge. In this new space, we have had the opportunity to design and build a lab facility that will more efficiently and effectively accommodate our developing ALS research programs.
I want to assure you that ALS research will continue throughout the move process. When it’s safe, we look forward to once again inviting members of the community to come to see the lab that you all have helped to build.
The growth of our science program, and the opportunity to build this new lab space, is entirely thanks to your support. I am extremely optimistic about what this move will mean for our science and I look forward to all that we can accomplish together in 2021.
Dr. Steve Perrin, CEO
The ALS Therapy Development Institute