These four programmatic areas encompass many of the main sectors of biotechnology involving microbial sources, with research projects expected to traverse these areas in different ways, at multiple levels, and with specific technical requirements. Increasingly, cutting-edge research projects in microbiology are dependent upon the strategies, know-how, microbial resources, tools and services in practice in each of these disciplines, whether searching for new targets for discovery of new drugs and biologics, design of diagnostic tools based on the microbiome, new enzymes and new-generation biofuels, high valued products from bio-waste, or environmentally sustainable products.
The ATCC has provided funding for initial R&D projects, and ILSE is providing its ecosystem integration platform, through its Academic Research Network and Consulting Network, and an advanced, applied technology platform through its Core Lab Network, in addition to day-to-day operational management.
- Initial research at the Center focuses on the development of much needed next generation tools and technologies to enable the renaissance in microbiology research.
- A legal framework has been constructed that permits multiple academic and commercial research programs to co-exist and tap into shared capabilities and expertise of the Center and ILSE.
- Additional funding is being sought from grants, external research collaborations and partnerships and from follow-on ATCC investment.
- A Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of leading scientists in the microbiology field, is being formed to help guide the research direction of the Center within the context of biomedicine and biomedical research, bio-manufacturing, the environment, agriculture, energy, food, veterinary, and other industries that will significantly impact science and the field of microbiology.
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To learn about the ATCC-CTM Advisory Board members, click here.