The Department of Defense is giving $80 million to start a bio-research and assembling institute in Manchester, New Hampshire, to create transplant tissues and organs for injured soldiers and other patients.
Wednesday Democratic United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan announced the five-year award. All three strongly support locating the institute and urged the Defense Department to support this project.
The three say this is a great investment in the future of New Hampshire. It further establishes the region as a focal point for scientific research and development. However, this mission is immense and essential, and they have full faith in this coalition that will save lives on the battlefield and here at home.
Organs For Injured Soldiers
DEKA Research and Development Corporation, the University of New Hampshire, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock will lead the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute. Officials say it will bring jobs to Manchester and give college graduates the opportunity to work on advanced biomedical research.
UNH President Mark Huddleston says both the University of New Hampshire-Manchester and DEKA are in Manchester’s Amoskeag Millyard, which will allow efficient communication and coordination. The campus will be the home of a cell culture training facility for students and workers across the country.
Huddleston says UNH has extensive life sciences research, education, and workforce development programs. Their specific strengths are in cellular biology, biomedical sciences, and bioengineering.
The institute is the 12th manufacturing hub to be awarded by the Obama administration. According to the White House, they will also develop techniques for repairing and replacing tissue cells, which could lead to making new skin for soldiers scarred from combat, or develop technology to preserve organs for those waiting for transplants.
There are many reports from the war in Iraq explaining the toll it took on our U.S. soldiers. The toll includes 4,487 deaths and 32,226 injured American Soldiers. The death count is accurate, but the 32,226 injuries is an understatement. For this reason, it is important to take care of our American Soldiers with this program.