First Flight’s Health Security Accelerator

First Flight Venture Center, a high-science, high-impact incubator located in Research Triangle Park, has been selected as one of eight accelerators in the country by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to drive innovation in lifesaving medical technologies to solve challenging problems spanning modern health security threats and daily medical care. DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures) is part of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

First Flight is working with companies, universities and other important members of the North Carolina health security ecosystem to help DRIVe transform innovation to protect Americans from 21st-century health security threats. First Flight is thrilled to be collaborating with DRIVe as it takes a new approach to tackle the biggest national health security threats—developing innovative technologies and practices for transformative solutions.

Essentially, First Flight will be working to help connect the Health Security Ecosystem locally and to help identify the most innovative solutions for BARDA. BARDA is looking to fund projects – both through traditional funding like grants and through a nonprofit venture capital innovation partner that joins with other venture capitalists in funding development of the solution. We are trying to help local organizations better position themselves to go after funding.

First Flight will work collaboratively with our extensive network of experts, consultants, funders and alumni to identify promising health security innovations in the early stages of development. The goal is to accelerate R&D and business activities to position them for investment and commercialization and foster the community of health security innovators and entrepreneurs. First Flight will perform outreach activities, evaluate emerging innovations, provide business mentoring, technical support, and grant writing services. First Flight will additionally connect the community by hosting events at its facility and through online marketing and communication.

Should you be applying for DRIVe funding?

Initial DRIVe impact areas include (1) Solving Sepsis and (2) Early Notification to Act, Control, and Treat (ENACT) infectious diseases.

To accelerate innovations and improve availability of transformative products and technologies to protect Americans from natural and intentional health security threats by soliciting revolutionary technologies and innovations in health security, DRIVe is using an innovative funding tool: Easy Broad Agency Announcement (EZ-BAA).

The EZ-BAA has a streamlined application, selection and award process. Click here to apply for the EZ-BAA funding opportunity of up to $749,000.

Click here to view the DRIVe Resources.

To learn more

Please contact Emil Runge at [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about First Flight’s DRIVe Health Security Accelerator.