The Baltimore-Washington corridor has vast, untapped assets to serve as the foundation to diversify and grow our economy, but we have never needed to use them in this fashion. Life science research is one such asset. The life sciences already receive a significant federal research investment. The National Institutes of Health conducts nearly $3 billion in research locally; Johns Hopkins University is awarded $1.2 billion in federal research funds annually; the Food and Drug Administration has nearly completed a consolidation of its many branches onto a single campus; and the University of Maryland-Baltimore and University of Maryland, Baltimore County continue to expand their life science research capacity and are among the nation's leaders. In addition, many of the nation's best hospitals are located in the region, treating one of the nation's most diverse populations, and we are home to almost unparalleled information technology assets. This is an invaluable research infrastructure — a fertile engine for innovation with the investment already made.