The mission of Ballad (previously San Diego Diabetes Research Institute) is to support the early development of projects related to the treatment of human disease. These may include pilot studies, innovative high-risk/high-impact projects, or proof of concept studies. Ballad provides investigators, emabarking on early development projects, with necessary laboratory facilities and infrastructure. Investigators with successful projects are encouraged to expand their studies with more substantial funding through San Diego Biomedical Research Institute (SDBRI) or other non-profit organizations.
Ballad was founded by Dr. Joanna Davies (CEO) in July 2013. It is housed within San Diego Biomedical Research Institute space and has access to all SDBRI equipment and facilities.