KIETS Director Ruben G. Carbonell is one of the lead investigators of NIIMBL, an institute that is part of the Manufacturing USA Network to enhance the nation’s manufacturing-based economy. NIIMBL’s mission is to advance the economic competitiveness of the US biopharmaceutical industry, to create jobs and improve the economy by accelerating the development and implementation of high-impact biomanufacturing innovations that can be applied to current and future biopharmaceutical products, and to educate and train a world-leading workforce for the future of this industry.
NIIMBL was formally established on March 1, 2017, by a $70M collaborative agreement over five years from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), an institute that is part of the Department of Commerce. Dr. Carbonell serves as NIIMBL’s Chief Technology Officer.
In 2019, $2 million in state funds were allocated to pay Institute membership fees for six NC-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs; A1 Biochem Labs, AccuGenomics, Lindy Biosciences, Redbud Labs, SeaTox Research, and SoyMeds) and to provide additional cost-share for NIIMBL projects carried out in NC. A new laboratory was constructed in BTEC to facilitate NIIMBL technology and workforce development projects. To date, NC universities and companies have been awarded $6.9 million from NIIMBL, $3.6 million from state cost-share, and $3.3 million in cost-share from industry and other partners.