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Materials Genome Initiative aims to speed discovery, development & deployment of advanced materials

Advanced materials are essential to human well-being and are the cornerstone for emerging industries. Yet today, it can take 10 to 20 years or more from initial research on a new material to first use. That's why in June 2011 President Obama launched the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) "to help businesses discover, develop, and deploy new materials twice as fast" and at a fraction of the cost. The MGI brings together academic institutions, small businesses, large industrial enterprises, professional societies, and government, including the National Science Foundation.

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