Manufacturing USA: Leading the Way – Manufacturing USA was created to bring together and mobilize private-public partnerships focused on specific advanced manufacturing innovations. The overarching goal of the Manufacturing USA is to enhance our nation’s leadership in emerging technologies that in turn will create high-quality manufacturing jobs throughout the United States.
The Manufacturing USA is currently composed of nine linked Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) across the United States. These MIIs are designed to be membership organizations that pull together government, academia, industry, and workforce partners around a specific area of manufacturing technology to encourage innovation, reduce challenges, and propel products expediently to commercialization. While each MII is driven by a unique technological concentration, the network as a whole is composed of institutes whose focuses complement each other and benefit from shared systems and approaches to manufacturing technology.
The Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute – The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) released from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) via its Manufacturing Technology Program supports the establishment of the 10th MII, the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ATB-MII), with a specific focus on the manufacturing and testing technologies that will advance the industry in support of making tissues and tissue-based products. The overall goal of the ATB-MII is to develop cross-cutting technologies and solutions to help advance many tissue and tissue-related products, and to lead the nation to be the best in the world in tissue biofabrication. The four thrust areas include: Cell & material selection & sourcing; all biofabrication platforms; bioprocess design & automation; tissue finishing & testing technologies.
The ATB-MII must be awarded to a non-profit organization as the lead organization. The Geneva Foundation has been invited to submit a full proposal for this opportunity. Manufacturing facilities can be located throughout the United States, based on existing facilities and expertise and driven by the partner members. The expectation is that the proposal includes a diverse team of partners who can address the four specific thrust areas identified in the FOA and that membership will continue to grow once the MII is established.