Groundbreaking held for National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility
Set to be completed in 2022, the joint facility will study foreign animals' effects on agriculture and emerging diseases that are transferred to humans.
"The NBAF laboratory will provide the nation with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art lab capabilities and help protect our food supply and the nation’s public health,” Johnson said. “NBAF addresses a serious vulnerability. The economic impact of a bio-agricultural threat – deliberate or natural – could have a substantial effect on the food supply of this nation and have serious human health consequences. We will soon be able to ensure availability of vaccines and other rapid-response capabilities to curb an outbreak. With the NBAF, our nation will have the first Bio Level 4 lab facility of its kind – a state-of-the-art, bio-containment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging diseases.”
This facility will be close to many animal health companies and will become the primary facility for this kind of research, replacing the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. The facility will serve research, veterinarian training and vaccine candidate development activity.