October 7, 2013
Defense Research Agency Hunts for Biotech Innovators
Kelvin Ma for The Chronicle
Donald E. Ingber, a professor at Harvard University, has combined advanced electronics and biology to create a "lung on a chip," a breakthrough device that could safely allow precise tests of risky new medical treatments before they are tried out on humans.
Just as eye-opening as his work, however, may be his source of federal financing.
It's not the National Institutes of Health, the $30-billion agency that is the largest provider of federal basic-research money to