Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn)
October 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) today announced an $87 million, seven-year award to the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE) for the creation of the BioIndustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) to be headquartered at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul. BioMADE is a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and a national network of academic and private sector partners working together to advance America’s bioindustrial manufacturing industry. The creation of the DOD BioIndustrial MII will leverage Minnesota’s existing biotechnology ecosystem in support of innovating and growing America’s bioeconomy.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, issued the following statement:
“This is an excellent opportunity for the University of Minnesota, representing a significant commitment and investment in our state from the Department of Defense. This effort has my full support,” McCollum said. “The University of Minnesota has a wealth of experience in biotechnology and engineering which makes it the ideal host for the DOD’s BioIndustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute. BioMADE’s initiative will support biotechnology manufacturing and innovation across Minnesota, create new jobs to boost our regional economy, and expand U.S. leadership in the global bioeconomy.”
On July 22, 2020, Congresswoman McCollum led the Minnesota congressional delegation in a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asking the Department of Defense to consider the BioMADE proposal to host the BioIndustrial MII at the University of Minnesota.