The Texas A&M Center for Innovation is founded on an initial $285.6 million public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is designed to enhance the nation’s emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
The need for this advanced public health and biosecurity capability was identified following a comprehensive review of federal public health emergency medical countermeasures called for by President Barack Obama in his 2010 State of the Union address.
“We are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism or an infectious disease – a plan that will counter threats at home, and strengthen public health abroad.” – President Barack Obama
The president’s charge prompted a comprehensive assessment of the public health and emergency preparedness enterprise published in August 2010.
“Our nation must have a system that is nimble and flexible enough to produce medical countermeasures quickly in the face of an attack or threat.” – DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a draft request for proposals in September 2010, and awarded The Texas A&M University System in June 2012 after a two-year rigorous, competitive nationwide process. In October 2013, administration of the Center for Innovation was transferred to the Texas A&M Health Science Center following Dr. Brett Giroir's appointment as HSC Interim Executive Vice President and CEO.