We are building bridges with clinical partners, other academic institutions, and industrial collaborators to foster discovery and expedite the translation of research to clinical practice. Our goal is to shorten the pipeline to applications that can change lives. Interdisciplinary collaborations create an exciting environment for teams to carry out use-inspired research. Our clinical colleagues in the community are a very significant part of our education and research programs. Through the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, we have joined with Christiana Care Health System, Nemours, and Thomas Jefferson University to provide healthcare education, conduct research that addresses today’s most pressing health concerns, and improve regional health and health services. Our partnership in health education with Thomas Jefferson University brings students, scientists, and clinicians together in an environment that fosters collaboration. The partnership encompasses a number of joint educational ventures, including the Medical Scholars Program, pharmacy and occupational therapy degree programs, the use of distance learning technologies to offer classes and colloquia, and the development of e-learning tools. We look forward to expanding and strengthening these linkages and thereby greatly accelerating the speed of translation from discovery to practice. The future of healthcare lies in creating strong interdisciplinary teams that can work with individuals to help guide them in building and maintaining their health.