ATLANTA, GA. — Georgia Tech, Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia are teaming up to create a “Nanomedicine Development Center”.

The center’s focus will be on the repair of DNA damage.

The effort is being underwritten by up to $13 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Georgia research Alliance.

The NIH will contribute between $6 million and $10 million over three years.

Tech and Emory are already collaborating on two other nanomedicine centers.

The DNA repair center will be based at Georgia Tech’s department of biomedical engineering.

Gang Bao, a professor of biomedical engineering at Tech, will be the director. Assisting him will be William Dynan, associate director of molecular medicine and genetics at the Medical College of Georgia. He also is a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar.

“Georgia Tech is leveraging our strengths in nanotechnology and biomedical engineering to lead the way in the emerging field of nanomedicine, which has tremendous potential to make the practice of medicine more preventive and less invasive,” said Wayne Clough, Tech’s president. “This is the third nanomedicine/nanotechnology center that the NIH has awarded to Georgia Tech and Emory University, and we are very pleased to have the Medical College of Georgia join us as a partner in this one. Together we are helping Georgia to emerge as a top state for nanomedicine.”