Obama said that the US is in danger of slipping from its lead spot in science innovation and called for "a historic investment" in research and education that would fuel innovation as the GI Bill did a half-century ago.
The $3 million Stem Cell Commercialization Facility will open in June within 2,508 square feet of TechOne, the 100,000-square-foot first building of up to three that are planned to comprise the tech park, called TechTown.
The final version of the $787 billion economic stimulus act contains $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health, as well as billions of dollars of funding for other science funding agencies.
The legislation would protect companies that either base their corporate headquarters in Georgia, employ over 200 workers in manufacturing or research and development in the state, or have their principal place of research and development in Georgia.
An SGI Altix system installed at the National Cancer Institute marks the only new life science system to join the most recent ranking of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world based on the Linpack benchmark.