Biomedical Research Models Inc. signed a five year contract with the National Institutes of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) totaling $4,889,031. The objectives of this contract are to assist NIDDK in development of potential new therapies for the prevention of Type 1 diabetes. The contract was competitively awarded after BRM responded to RFP-NIDDK-05-05 entiltled: Preclinical Studies of Efficacy in Animal Models of Type 1 diabetes. Working closely with the government’s T-1 RAID project officer, BRM scientific staff along with consultants and collaborators at the Pioneer Valley Life Science Initiative will begin assessing novel therapies on behalf of the government for entry into Trial-Net.
The creation of this National Research Center to be based in Worcester and Springfield, MA is part of the Congressionally established Diabetes Research Working Groups Strategic plan to Cure Diabetes in the 21st Century.
BRM competed nationally for two T-1 RAID contracts. It was selected as the semifinalist in January for both contracts. The first contract was awarded in May to the University of California at San Diego. UCSD is ranked #13 nationally for USPHS-NIH funding. BRM a company that is ranked in the top 25% of the 3,181 institutions that received USPHS funding in 2004 out-competed another Top 25 research institution based in California for this contract.