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Michigan Economic Development Corporation Announces Agreement with NASA

Monday, May 21, 2001

May 21, 2001

Contact: Jennifer Kopp
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Michigan Economic Development Corporation Announces Agreement with NASA

Information Sharing Partnership Formed

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced a cooperative relationship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Biological and Physical Research today.

The relationship involves an agreement to fund peer-reviewed research of mutual interest to both the MEDC and NASA, including research in genomics, bioinformatics, animal models, comparative medicine, chronic diseases, neuroscience, bioengineering and other areas of life sciences.

“This is a great opportunity for Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“This agreement gives us the opportunity to link MEDC programs and clients to the most promising NASA programs.”

This agreement not only strengthens NASA's ties to industry; it helps lay the foundation for increasing technology and research opportunities.

"NASA looks forward to working with MEDC to establish resources that will enhance biotechnology and biomedical research," said Dr. Kathie Olsen, acting associate administrator for Biological and Physical Research at NASA Headquarters.

The MEDC and NASA will exchange schedules and copies of their respective requests for proposals (RFPs).Each agency will review the RFPs release schedule, associated RFPs and discuss research areas of mutual interest.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.