HHS expands health security-focused network of innovation accelerators

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recruited five biotechnology innovation accelerators to join its network of programs dedicated to the development of products to protect the nation from health security threats.

The network, part of the HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, was initially established in 2018 with eight accelerators. The network identifies early-stage and startup innovators creating tools and solutions with the potential to meet biodefense and other health security needs, then provides those innovators with regulatory support, lab space and other business development resources.

The five new additions to the network are:

  • Emory University & Georgia Institute of Technology's Coulter Translational Program (Atlanta)
  • Plug and Play Tech Center (San Francisco)
  • University of Missouri's Midwest BioAccelerator (Columbia)
  • University Enterprise Labs, in partnership with Gener8tor (St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.)

"In the first year, our accelerator network reached audiences outside of normal government channels, fostering innovative solutions to improve national health security and to provide business expertise and laboratory space for startups and small businesses," said Rick Bright, PhD, deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response. "By expanding the network into new geographic locations, we will connect with even more companies and entrepreneurs to solve systemic health challenges."

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