ND awards bioscience grants

The two grants focus on coronavirus and other emerging pathogens and on herbicide resistance in weeds.

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has awarded two grants worth $126,000 to foster the growth of the bioscience industry in the state.

“Advances in bioscience have already transformed many sectors including agriculture and medicine,” state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “These grants will help North Dakota stay on the forefront of bioscience innovation.”

The 2019 Legislature approved $500,000 for the grant program for the 2019-21 biennium. Grant applications will open soon for the remaining funds of $56,678.

The following organizations received grants:

  • ImmunoPrecise Antibodies, Ltd. received $75,000 for enhancement of a novel platform for rapidly developing treatments for COVID-19 and other emerging pathogens.
  • National Agricultural Genotyping Center received $51,000 for enhancement of a genetic test for identification of herbicide resistance traits in Palmer amaranth and related pigweed species.

Grant applications were reviewed and scored by a committee made up of Goehring, a representative from the bioscience association of North Dakota and a representative from the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

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