On Friday afternoon, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu bounded onstage in Manchester like a high school quarterback at a pep rally.
Sununu was one of a parade of state and federal dignitaries lavishing praise and congratulations on inventor Dean Kamen at the official launch of BioFabUSA, a public-private partnership meant to bring together the technologies needed to create human organ factories.
A crowd of about 300 gathered for the event at the Manchester Millyard, a picturesque row of refurbished mill buildings that also house several of Kamen’s companies—including Deka Research and Development, home to the Luke Arm; FIRST, a popular high school robotics competition; and BioFabUSA’s organizer, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI).
(Kamen is perhaps still best-known for his invention of the Segway motorized vehicle.)
In December 2016, the DoD awarded ARMI US $80 million over 5 years to scale-up manufacturing of human tissues and transplant organs, especially for injured soldiers and vets.
Industry and university partners contributed an additional $214 million to the effort, and Kamen set up a headquarters for ARMI at the Millyard.