Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2017 - 8
million award from the
U.S. Commerce Department established the new
National Institute for
Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals
an initial private investment
of at least $129 million
from a consortium of
more than 150 companies,
NIIMBL, led by the
University of Delaware, will
advance U.S. leadership
in the biopharmaceutical
industry, foster economic
medical treatments, and
ensure a qualified biopharma workforce.
"This is a powerful new
partnership that is uniquely positioned to
have a profound impact on the state of the
art in biomanufacturing of protein biologics,
and cell and gene therapeutics," says
Jonathan Dordick, vice president for research
and the Howard P. Isermann Professor of
The Institute will focus on innovations that
Chemical and Biological Engineering.
can dramatically reduce energy expenses in
"Rensselaer has a long and distinguished
advanced manufacturing, making our manuhistory of important contributions to the
facturing sector strong today and positioning
field of biomanufacturing, and as a key memthe United States to lead the manufacturing
ber of NIIMBL, we expect that Rensselaer
of tomorrow, helping sustain the current
researchers will play a significant role in
resurgence of U.S. manufacturing.
many aspects of this institute."
CESMII will launch five regional manuRensselaer also is a founding member
facturing centers across the U.S., each
of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing
focused on local tech(ARM) Innovation
nology transfer and
Institute. The Depart"This is a powerful new partnership that
workforce development of Defense
is uniquely positioned to have a proment. Rensselaer will
(DoD) will provide
found impact on the state of the art in
lead the Northeast
$80 million in federal
biomanufacturing of protein biologics,
center for CESMII
funding to launch the
and cell and gene therapeutics."
ARM Institute, led
by Carnegie Mellon
from industry, academia, and government.
University, to stimulate robotics technology
Overall, CESMII partners will bring more
development in manufacturing environthan $140 million in public-private investments. The investment will be matched by
ment from leading universities and manua $173 million contribution pledged by the
facturers to develop smart technologies and
more than 220 partners that make up the
systems for use in advanced manufacturing.
In biomanufacturing, Rensselaer will be
According to the DoD, robotics is
a Tier 1 partner in the new $200 million
increasingly necessary to achieve the level
public-private partnership to advance U.S.
of precision required for defense and other
leadership in biopharmaceuticals. A $70
industrial manufacturing needs.
Manufacturing USA Partnership
manufacturing usa, formerly the
National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), is a network of U.S. research
institutes focused on advancing American
manufacturing through public-private partnerships between U.S. industry, universities,
and federal government agencies.
Through Manufacturing USA, industry,
academia, and government partners are
leveraging existing resources, and collaborating to nurture manufacturing innovation
and accelerate commercialization.
Rensselaer has taken a lead role in three
new Manufacturing USA Institutes focusing
on smart manufacturing, biomanufacturing,
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership
Coalition will lead the new Clean Energy
Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
(CESMII), in partnership with the Department of Energy.
The coalition brings together a consortium
of nearly 200 partners from across academia,
industry, and nonprofits-to spur advances
in smart sensors and digital process controls
that can radically improve the efficiency of
U.S. advanced manufacturing.
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