QB3's "Pop-Up Institutes" Efficient Way to Tackle Big Challenges

  Ioana Aanei and Reg Kelly in the QB3 Garage at UCSF. Photo by Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times

Ioana Aanei and Reg Kelly in the QB3 Garage at UCSF. Photo by Todd Johnson, San Francisco Business Times

Blessed by multimillion-dollar gifts, staffed with recruited faculty and often housed in standalone buildings, research institutes on college campuses have spent years zeroing in on meaty medical problems.

Reg Kelly thinks there may be a better way: pop-up research institutes.

Like retail pop-ups that temporarily grab vacant storefront space, pop-up institutes cost less and can disband quickly as their specific purposes wind down, said Kelly, the director of the QB3 institute at the University of California, San Francisco, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.

QB3, also known as the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, launched the concept at UCSF three years ago with a longevity institute that looks at aging-related diseases. It is setting up another pop-up this spring around fibrosis, the often-dangerous thickening of scar tissue in various parts of the body.

By Ron Leuty. Read the full story at the San Francisco Business Times (paywall)