Founded in 1990, the Georgia Research Alliance represents a partnership between the state¹s research universities, the business community, and the state government. Its mission is to foster economic development within Georgia by developing and leveraging the research capabilities of the research universities within the State and to assist and develop scientific and technology-based industry, commerce and business. One of the three research areas funded by the GRA is biotechnology, including microbial pathogenesis and vaccine development. This commitment to Georgia¹s future has been made possible through a public-private partnership in which private donations are being matched by state funding. In fact, the $276 million in state funding invested through the GRA in the past ten years has attracted nearly triple that amount in additional federal and private dollars, and research relationships between GRA universities and industry have increased 800 percent.