Exciting bioscience research is taking place in public and private facilities throughout metro Atlanta.

For example, over 94% of HIV patients in the U.S. on life-saving antiviral therapy take a drug developed at Emory University.

According to the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE), only five U.S. metro areas totaled higher education research spending of $1 billion or more in 2005. Atlanta was one of them. Three local institutions – Georgia Tech, Emory and the University of Georgia – ranked among the top 50 U.S. universities for research and development spending in FY 2005, according to the National Science Foundation. Together, 11 ARCHE members accounted for $1.2 billion in FY2005 R&D spending. Approximately half of that – $580,117,000 – was allocated to bioscience research.

Tracking university research in Georgia became easier in 2009, when iResearchGeorgia was launched. The searchable database catalogs the work from all public and private research universities in Georgia – all in one easily searchable location.

By providing a dynamic repository, iResearch creates a platform for collaboration and the advancement of new ideas and commercial application. Users can easily explore profiles, published papers and National Institutes of Health grant abstracts of more than 800 scientific leaders across the state.

The database serves as a tool for enhancing collaboration among universities and for helping industry to identify experts and projects with commercial potential. Academic participants include Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, University of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia), Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer University and Clark Atlanta University.

iResearchGeorgia is an initiative of the Georgia Research Alliance in partnership with the University System of Georgia, the Governor's Commission for a New Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Another online compendium, the electronic Biomedical Interactive Resource Tool (eBIRT), is a web-based application that serves as a one-stop virtual shop for research resources such as laboratory services, equipment, software, consultation services, training opportunities and more. It is part of the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute, which encompasses Emory, Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine.

University Research Facilities:

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State - this National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center is an award-winning, interdisciplinary research consortium composed of more than 150 neuroscientists. The CBN celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2009, marking the tremendous strides made by center members in research and education that will have lasting impact on the field of neuroscience for decades to come.

Center for Drug Design Development & Delivery at Georgia Tech – Focused on designing new drugs; developing novel processes to manufacture drugs using cells, enzymes and other biologically-based approaches that increase purity and decrease cost; applying engineering technologies to improve drugs; developing production and purification methods for conventional as well as DNA-based vaccines; and creating needle-free and single-dose vaccines that increase protection. The center consists of 25 faculty from multiple departments in engineering and various scientific disciplines.

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) – GTRI is the nonprofit applied research arm of Georgia Tech, with approximately 1,200 employees performing or supporting over $100 million in research yearly for more than 200 clients in industry and government.

Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience (IBB) at Georgia Tech – IBB has revolutionized the term “interdisciplinary research”, and the Institute has become an incubator for research teams to tackle complex medical research problems using an interdisciplinary approach.

Institute of Bioinformatics– The University of Georgia Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB) brings together a group of scientists on campus from life sciences, physical sciences, mathematical and computational sciences because of their common interests in bioinformatics research and education.