The state of Maryland is home to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the 
the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and many other health and medical science-related institutions and agencies—forming a unique hub of health-related activity, one of the largest and most vibrant in the world. The state also boasts one of the nation’s leading industry clusters in biotechnology, and a vast industry focused on system integration, defense, and information technology.
The Institute’s home on the fifth floor of the University of Maryland’s new A. James Clark Hall is central to its success as a focal point
for innovating health-related technologies. The new campus Central Animal Facility will reside on the sixth floor of Clark Hall and the
Fischell Department of Bioengineering will reside on the third and fourth floors. Clark Hall will also be home to state-of-the art core facilities on fabrication and 3D printing, confocal microscopy, small animal imaging, and many other analytical technologies.