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DOD Announces $87.5 Million for New Bioindustrial Manufacturing USA Institute

DOD Announces $87.5 Million for New Bioindustrial Manufacturing USA Institute

Last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced a seven-year award of $87 million for a new Manufacturing USA institute: BioMADE. The BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE) institute joins a network of 8 other DOD institutes, making for a total of 16 institutes supported across the federal government in the Manufacturing USA program. ASME has been a long-time supporter and advocate of the Manufacturing USA program.
The $87.5 million of federal funds will be matched by more than $180 million from non-federal sources. All manufacturing institutes in the Manufacturing USA program are required to have a 1-to-1 cost share, though existing institutes have seen an impressive match of closer to $2-3 for every $1 allocated by the federal government.
The purpose of the new institute is to “examine and advance industry-wide standards, tools, and measurements; mature foundational technologies; foster a resilient bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem; advance education and workforce development; and support the establishment and growth of supply chain intermediaries that are essential for a robust U.S. bioeconomy. Other important focus areas include challenges related to biosafety and security and ethical, legal, and societal considerations.”
All Manufacturing USA institutes are required to consider workforce development as a main pillar of their mission. The institutes not only seek to advance manufacturing technology in order to bridge the gap between research and market-ready innovations, but to ensure that there is a ready and trained workforce that is capable of using the technologies and systems created.
Speaking of the new institute, Douglas Friedman, Executive Director of EBRC and CEO of BioMADE, says “Bridging the gap between lab-scale research and at-scale manufacturing, BioMADE builds an on-ramp to accelerate commercialization of biotechnology inventions originating from American R&D in universities, start-ups, and National Labs.”
ASME will continue to provide updates on this institute and all institutes that make up the Manufacturing USA program.

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