One of only three CIADMs to be developed in the U.S., the Texas A&M Center is at the vanguard of U.S. pandemic-preparedness efforts and represents unprecedented public-health collaboration among state and federal governments, academia and private industry. Once constructed and operational, the Center's influenza manufacturing facility will be able to supply 50 million doses of pandemic influenza vaccine within four months of an outbreak. BARDA conceived the public-private formula to assure a strong biosecurity product development and manufacturing base on U.S. soil, ensuring that the nation would have rapid access to vaccines and therapeutics in the advent of influenza pandemics, or chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks.
"We are honored to welcome GSK to
as a key partner in the Center for Innovation," said Sharp. "GSK's dedication to public service is well-aligned with the
tradition of serving the nation and defining its future through research and scholarship. Equally important is the cultural and philosophical match between GSK and the A&M System, as reflected by GSK's desire to collaborate with academia and the U.S. government, and their ongoing commitment to helping address global health scourges such as pandemic influenza and malaria."
The Texas A&M Center for Innovation is led by Dr.
, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at the Texas A&M System, and a core team of A&M experts in biotechnology, infectious diseases, facilities planning and construction, federal acquisitions/contracting, and government affairs. The partnership with GSK was founded on a long, collaborative relationship between
and the Wallonia Region of
, with specific planning for this project beginning in the spring of 2010.
"GSK's decision to partner with
and bring their vaccine manufacturing to our state is a testament to the investments that the A&M System and the
State of Texas
have made in the people, infrastructure and technologies, much of which came from critical state programs such as the Emerging Technology Fund," Giroir said. "GSK brings unequaled influenza vaccine development, manufacturing, and regulatory expertise to our Center. Equally important, GSK brings its cell based influenza vaccine development program, which we have assessed to be the most promising near term influenza vaccine technology to improve upon current egg based vaccines."
The Texas A&M Center for Innovation represents the largest commitment of a global biopharmaceutical company to partner within
, and will be an important catalyst to the future growth of this industry within the State.
U.S. Government Funding
Efforts highlighted in this release have been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the DHHS/ASPR/BARDA, under contract numbers HHSO100200600011C, HHSO100200700029C and HHSO100201200002I.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of
. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed
and help drive the state's economy.
Steven B. Moore
Texas A&M University
About the Texas A&M Center for Innovation
The Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advance Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) is one of three centers established in June, 2012 by the US Department of Health and Human Services to enhance the nation's emergency preparedness against emerging infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. The Center is founded on an initial
investment, including a
contribution from the US Department of Health and Human Services, with the remainder cost-shared by commercial and academic proposal partners.
The Center will perform research and advanced development to accelerate vaccines and other medical products through pre-clinical and clinical development and produce these products in cases of pandemics or other national emergencies. Through these activities, the Center will address a recognized shortcoming in preparedness and response to known and unknown threats, and will improve our nation's ability to protect the health of its citizens in emergency situations.