Issue Date: July 11, 2011
DARPA To Launch Synthetic Biology Program
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is setting aside $30 million to fund high-risk, cutting-edge R&D in synthetic biology. The newly approved Living Foundries program, which will be overseen by the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA, is expected shortly to announce a request for proposals and will be making three-year awards before the end of the year. By harnessing specially engineered biological entities, Living Foundries hopes to achieve on-demand production of novel and high-value materials, devices, and capabilities for the Department of Defense and establish a new manufacturing capability for the U.S. Because the program will take a multidisciplinary approach to overcoming current challenges in the synthetic biology field, DARPA wants to involve scientists and engineers from both within and beyond the biological sciences.
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