The Innovation Fund

Accelerating Amazing Discovery

Imagine a world…

…where our DNA is used to improve all disease outcomes and personalize your medical treatment, 

…where food can be abundantly grown and we have renewable resources for a cleaner environment.

The HudsonAlpha Foundation Innovation Fund makes that future possible.

HudsonAlpha is a non-profit organization seeking to make the world a healthier and more sustainable place through the power of genetics and genomics. As a non-profit, philanthropy is a critical part of supporting our scientists’s life-saving research. The Innovation Fund is a new fund that provides unrestricted resources to propel HudsonAlpha into the future. The fund supports HudsonAlpha’s most transformational programs, impactful breakthroughs, and pivotal opportunities.

HudsonAlpha is about discovery and finding paradigm-shifting ways to apply those discoveries. We have the unique ability to speed up the pipeline to discovery, put the answers we find into practice, and generate immediate and long term impact on the world around us.

Neil E. Lamb, HudsonAlpha President

Biotech is the science of the future. It’s the only way we can feed the world, cure disease, and increase the quality of our life.

Jim Hudson, HudsonAlpha Co-Founder

Resources in the Innovation Fund are put to immediate use, rapidly impacting the Institute by supporting five key pillars of innovation: talent, technology, seeding, scaling, and training. These five pillars make up the building blocks that fast track ideas to solutions.


Bright minds spark discovery. HudsonAlpha’s brilliant scientists drive discoveries into knowledge for real-world applications. By adding talent, we increase our capacity for research and impact. Investment in intellectual expertise is the driver of discovery.


Technological advances open doors. To explore and solve the world’s most complex questions in human health and agriculture, state-of-the-art equipment and technology is essential.


Significant solutions will come from the next generation. Talented students and post-doctoral fellows are the engine that powers our labs and a critical resource to accelerate breakthroughs. A skilled and diverse STEM workforce is the promise of the future.


New ideas lead to major breakthroughs. Philanthropy enables HudsonAlpha to rapidly and nimbly pursue promising ideas. Seed projects explore, test, and build new research programs that lead to novel solutions.


Major breakthroughs become globally significant solutions. Targeted investments in projects with proven potential for growth and impact speeds discoveries from the laboratory to the physician’s office, the farm, or the marketplace.

Through the Innovation Fund, HudsonAlpha aims to:

  • Discover new genes associated with disease causes, treatments, and outcomes.
  • Solve centuries-old agricultural challenges and improve global food security
  • Integrate genomic information into standard medical care
  • Deliver answers to families around the world for their child’s undiagnosed disorders
  • Harness genomics to build responsible and sustainable energy sources and consumer goods

To learn more about the Innovation Fund or to discuss philanthropic opportunities, please contact the HudsonAlpha Foundation.

The HudsonAlpha Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the supporting entity for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. This gift supports the Innovation Fund. Tax-deductible contributions to the foundation are for the sole purpose of advancing the mission of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

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