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DARPA’s Challenge: Manufacture A Biopharmaceutical In Less Than 24 Hours

In order to ensure American soldiers fighting in remote locations overseas can receive the biopharmaceuticals they need on time, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created a program called Biologically-derived Medicines on Demand (Bio-MOD). The goal of Bio-MOD is to build a system that has the ability to create an on-demand biopharmaceutical in less than 24 hours. I spoke with one of the teams working on this effort about how they intend to accomplish this and what it could mean to the future of the industry.

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