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A $500K grant will let Science Center startups tackle health security threats

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The University City Science Center just landed a $500,000, five-year grant to join a newly-created network of accelerators put forth by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Take a deep breath and mind the acronyms as we try to break this down:

The grant was awarded by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); the funding is meant to help the Science Center support startups in the health security space as part of the Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) Accelerator Network.

Phew.

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