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Center for Biotechnology Named a National Accelerator for Health Security Innovations

STONY BROOK, NY – June 8, 2018 – Stony Brook University ‘s Center for Biotechnology  (CFB) has been selected as one of eight U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) BARDA DRIVe accelerators. Each of these accelerators is directed to support bioscience companies to develop health security innovations within the national ecosystem.

The first two areas of focus will be early detection of infections, and solving sepsis, which is a leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S. and contributes to some 250,00 deaths annually according the HHS. The accelerator program will extend into many areas of prevention/detection/treatment of infectious diseases.

The CFB, which will receive a BARDA grant totally $500,000 over five years, will spearhead the effort on accelerating the translation of biomedical science into health security innovations for the New York region.

“Our goal is to use this funding to mine the robust academic portfolio of biomedical research within metropolitan NY, and fast track these early-stage technologies to HHS-BARDA to complete follow-on funding, technology development, federal and venture funding,” said Clinton Rubin, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University. “We hope that this support represents the beginning of a long, strong relationship w/ BARDA, and a growing presence of Biotech Development in the NY metro region.”

For additional perspective about the CFB’s selection and role in BARDA DRIVe, see this brief video by Professor Rubin.

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