The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) was formed by FlexTech Alliance, for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in collaboration with a nationwide group of industry partners .
The mission of NBMC is to bring together leading scientists, engineers, and business development professionals from industry and universities in order to work collaboratively in a consortium, and to mature an integrated suite of nano-bio manufacturing technologies to transition to industrial manufacturing.
NBMC matures nano-bio manufacturing technologies. Initial activities focused on AFRL/DoD priorities of physiological readiness and human performance monitoring, among others. One of the first goals is to identify technologies and fund projects across the supply chain so that results can be applied, through partnerships, all the way across the technology development curve.
For example, initial projects leveraged earlier work in the basic science of bio-marker detection and microfluidics, and took the next step into development of delivery mechanisms and patch components. This way, an integrated suite of reconfigurable thin film, mechanically-compliant device concepts are created that take into account fabrication methods that are compatible with biological and nano-particle materials.
Future projects will pull other partners with other strengths into the process and transition the prototype creation into a foundry-like manufacturing flow.
The long-term vision is that NBMC operates at the confluence of four core emerging disciplines: nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced (additive) manufacturing, and flexible electronics. The convergence of these disparate fields enables advanced sensor architectures for real-time, remote physiological and health/medical monitoring and fufills many of the AFR:/DoD priorities.