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You have until March 7th to take advantage of an uncommon window of opportunity to provide your input on the “National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing” (the Plan). One of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) first major projects is going to be to develop their plan for advanced manufacturing. The Request for Information (RFI) defines advanced manufacturing as “a family of activities relating to the use and coordination of information, automation, computation, software, sensing, networking, and interoperability to manufacture existing products in new ways, or to manufacture new products emerging from the use of new technologies.”

The Plan is extremely important in terms of identifying directions and areas for investment in advanced manufacturing for the Administration throughout the Federal Government. It provides direction for the various government agencies that are involved in advanced manufacturing in terms of what programs are important within their specific agencies. For the emerging industry of manufacturing engineered tissues and organs, these include agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The RFI states that the public input provided in response to the RFI will inform priorities for the OSTP and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in addition to the specific agencies.

BioFabUSA members and potential members are perfectly positioned to provide informed input to the OSTP and NSTC through comments to the RFI about what the Plan should emphasize based on their expertise as active members of the engineered tissue/organ manufacturing community. The RFI includes questions such as: “… what should be the near-term and long-term objectives for advanced manufacturing…”?; “What innovative tools, platforms, technologies are needed for advances in manufacturing?”; “Of those that already exist, what are the barriers to their adoption?”

As the Plan is intended to be strategic, OSTP is looking for big bold responses to these and the other questions in the RFI in order to support the United States manufacturing competitiveness. Note that OSTP may post responses to the RFI on a public Federal website, so they request that you not provide any business proprietary information in your response.

OSTP has provided both online and email ways to respond to the RFI but remember that all responses are DUE ON MARCH 7, 2018 - so don't delay in providing your input to this important opportunity!