Leveraging the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's foremost animal disease research facility.
The $1.25 billion facility is a biosafety level-4 laboratory and will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. NBAF is expected to be operational by 2022-2023.
After a three-year site selection process, Manhattan, Kansas, was selected as the location for NBAF. The facility is under construction on Kansas State University's Manhattan campus and is adjacent to the university's Biosecurity Research Institute. This strategic location places NBAF near important veterinary, agricultural and biosecurity research and expertise.
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Kansas State University is the 'Silicon Valley for biodefense,' according to Blue Ribbon Study Panel
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle described Kansas State University as the "Silicon Valley for biodefense" when the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense visited Kansas State University for a series of agrodefense discussions.