Friends of the Gateway Region,
Just as our students were preparing for a new school year, VGR was preparing for a new grant cycle last month. Grant opportunities are another piece of our economic development strategy. Whether for infrastructure or new initiatives, successfully securing grants is one of the ways VGR leverages the region's resources to grow our economy. The recent Build Back Better grant from the U.S. EDA is one example of a grant moving the region forward as we build our advanced manufacturing pharmaceutical cluster.
Speaking of the cluster, did you know that America has a shortage of more than 100 essential generic medicines and/or their ingredients? Many of these critical medicines are needed for treating patients with life-threatening illnesses and are made from active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) that are solely manufactured abroad. It’s exciting to see the Gateway Region at the forefront of finding a solution to this challenge. VGR corporate citizens Phlow, Civica Rx, and AMPAC Fine Chemicals are conducting research and manufacturing these ingredients right here in our region to help stop the national shortage. Along with the Alliance for Building Better Medicine, VGR is taking part in the campaign to raise awareness of September 8th as National Essential Medicine Shortage Awareness Day. Learn more here.