The Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (Texas A&M CIADM) is founded on an initial $285.6 million public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). The public/private partnership includes an initial investment of $176.6 million from the U.S. government with the remainder cost-shared by commercial and academic partners as well as the State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund. The Center for Innovation was awarded to the Texas A&M University System in June 2012 and is part of a national strategy recommended in the August 2010 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review.

As one of three centers established as public-private partnerships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop and manufacture countermeasures, the Texas A&M Center for Innovation will respond to the need for rapid and flexible manufacturing to bolster the nation’s ability to respond to any attack or threat, including novel, previously unrecognized, naturally occurring emerging infectious diseases, as well as various chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

It is designed to facilitate rapid research and development (R&D), promote novel product development through both public and private partnerships, ensure domestic manufacturing surge capacity, assist in FDA approval of products, as well as mentor the next generation of public health professionals through workforce training and outreach. The center will not only enhance the nation’s ability to produce life-saving countermeasures quickly and nimbly, it will also transition processes and technologies that will broadly impact both national and global public health.

The Center is part of the Public Health Preparedness and Response initiative that has been established at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC).

More information on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services medical countermeasures and the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Review can be found below.