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2019 MBB Session Summaries

Defense and Military Medical Requirements: Research, Development, and Acquisition Processes.  Panel presenters will provide overviews of the Defense Health Program (DHP) and the overall military medical research and development enterprise.  They will describe the roles and relationships of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)), the Defense Health Agency (DHA), and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and its subordinate organizations, including the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA).  The presenters will also discuss the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), the six core DHP research program areas, and their execution management support by the Joint Program Committees (JPCs). 

  • Kathleen Berst, MBA, PMP, RAC, Program Manager, Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Deputy for Acquisition, US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA), biography
  • Captain Joseph V. Cohn (USN), Ph.D. , Chief, Research Program Division, Research & Development Directorate, Defense Health Agency (DHA), biography
  • Jonathan Miller, Ph.D., J.D., Deputy, Defense Health Program (Research & Technology), US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), biography
  • Colonel Stephen J. Dalal (USA) DVM, MPH, Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), biography

Military Innovation Operational Forum (MIO-Forum). This panel is the launch of the Military Innovation Operational Forum (MIO-Forum). The MIO-Forum will conduct semi-annual “Think Tank” sessions for military medical professionals to announce operational requirements to the public, and semi-annual “Pitch Tank” sessions for selected businesses to present projects and technologies in response to MIO-Forum announced requirements.  The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI) will host MIO-Forum “Think Tank” and “Pitch Tank” sessions across the state. 

  • Dr. Y. Sammy Choi, Director of Research, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Colonel Ty Harris, Vice-Chair, US Army Medical Central Simulation Committee, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Colonel Rob Mabry, Command Surgeon, Joint Special Operations Command 
  • Lieutenant Colonel Steve DeLellis, Deputy Command Surgeon, US Army Special Operations Command
  • Commander Joseph Kotora, 2d Marine Division Surgeon (Camp Lejeune) 
    • Next “Pitch Tank”: September 12, 2019– Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, North Carolina.  Businesses selected to present from the white paper submissions will receive logistical information.  White papers are due July 17, 2019 to mio-forum@ncmbc.us. White Paper requirements: Limit to two pages, single-spaced, size 12 font. No video links, slides, or attachments. Include title, presenter name and contact information, 150 word limit abstract, technology background and description, proposed military application, FDA or other clearances if any, and limit of five references. Please include any prior military collaborations if any.

Requirements and Acquisitions Processes: Department of Veterans Affairs & North Carolina Veterans Affairs Facilities: Panel presenters will identify requirements of VA medical centers and clinics in the region for medical products and services, including research and development, supplies, equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, training, IT and staff augmentation.  They will also outline the processes they use to acquire these products and services, including use of prime vendors, GSA schedules, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) and commercial contracts.  Businesses and researchers with the capability to support VA medical centers and clinics, vendors or other businesses with medical products or services should participate in this session.

  • Fran Perez-Wilhite, North Carolina Military Business Center and Department of Veterans Affairs Appointee, Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses
  • Chanel Bankston-Carter, Director Strategic Outreach and Communications, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Robert Forest, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Supply Chain Management Service, Salisbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Paul Crews, Director, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Ranese Freeman Carroll, Small Business Specialist, VISN6, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Biodefense Research and Development: Interagency Priorities and Perspectives.  Panel presenters will provide overviews of key federal biodefense research and development organizations and mission areas, a focus on the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Health and Human Services (HHS).  Representatives from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) will cover DoD biodefense research, development, and acquisition programs.  Representatives from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) will describe their roles in the development and transition of medical countermeasures against biological threats and emerging infectious diseases.

  • Jason Roos, Ph.D., Deputy Joint Program Executive Officer, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND), biography
  • Christopher Houchens, Ph.D., Director, CBRN Countermeasures Division, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, biography
  • Colonel Michael Quinn,(USA), Deputy Director, Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), biography
  • Paula Bryant, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of Biodefense Research Resources and Translational Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), biography

North Carolina Military Treatment Facility Operations, Issues and Defense Health Agency Transition Update

  • Captain Jeffrey Timby, Commander, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune
  • Colonel John Melton, Commander, Womack Army Medical Center (Fort Bragg)

Requirements and Acquisition Processes: Military Medical Facilities and Operational Medical Commands: Panel presenters will identify requirements of military hospitals, clinics and operational medical commands in North Carolina for medical products and services, including research and development, supplies, equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, training, IT and staff augmentation. They will also outline the processes they use to acquire these products and services, including Defense Logistics Agency prime vendors, GSA schedules, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), commercial contracts and the military Class VIII supply system. Businesses with the capability to support installation medical facilities, deployable medical units, DLA prime vendors or other contractors with products or services should participate in this session. 

  • Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
  • Captain Jeffrey Timby, Commander, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune
  • Colonel John Melton, Commander, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Colonel Matthew W. Voyles, Director, Medical Supply Chain, Defense Logistics Agency, Troop Support
  • Colonel Kimberlee Aiello, Commander, 44th Medical Brigade (Fort Bragg)
  • Sherri Roche, Office of Small Business, Navy Medicine East
  • Tony Matcham, Medical Materiel Specialist, US Army Special Operations Command 

Defense R&D Funding and Support Mechanisms.  Panel presenters will provide insights on federal mechanisms to engage the extramural community in sponsored research and development activities.  They will cover common solicitation and funding processes for agency-specific R&D programs, including Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) and the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  This session will also offer an overview of newer federal funding models and instruments that have been developed through Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), as streamlined pathways to accelerate the advancement of research and technology innovations.      

  • Travis Taylor, Ph.D., Associate, Strategic Marketing Innovations, biography
  • Stephen Lee, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, US Army Research Office (ARO)
  • Russ Keller, MPA, Senior Vice President, Medical and Software Services Division Lead, Advanced Technology International (ATI), biography
  • Kristin Gilchrist, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Engineered Systems Division, RTI International, biography

Acquisition and Teaming Processes: Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs Prime Vendors:  Prime vendors to the Department of Defense (including Defense Logistics Agency), Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services will provide remarks on experiences and realities of doing business with the government agencies.  They will discuss the agencies respective medical prime vendor systems, their experiences in doing businesses with these agencies and their process for leveraging subcontractors (including utilization of DLA Distribution and Pricing Registration Agreement [DAPA] holders) and their SDVOSB partners.  North Carolina product providers and manufacturers will also provide remarks regarding their experiences in supplying the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

  • Samantha Godfrey, President and CEO, United Drug Supply, Inc. WOSB
  • Stephen Flannery, United Drug Supply, Inc. WOSB
  • Wendy Burns, Senior Director of Prime Vendor Programs, American Medical Depot (AMD)
  • Wes Mason, Senior Government Accounts Analyst, Owens & Minor
  • Zach Decker, Government Operations Manager, Owens & Minor
  • Corey Russ, CEO, Combat Medical 
  • Robert Renquist, Business Development Manager, LC Industries

Public-Private Partnerships: Research and Development Consortia and Accelerators.  Panel presenters will share information on the use of public-private partnerships as models for stimulating innovation through sponsored research and development.  They will provide overviews of several partnership-enabled consortia and accelerators, including BARDA’s new Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe) and their participation in the partnership, Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB-X), and, as well as DoD’s Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) and Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC).  Presenters will discuss their organization’s background and structure, as well as their unique mechanisms for engaging the research community to solve significant public health and biomedical challenges.

  • Rick Satcher, MBA, MS, Senior Business Manager, RTI International, biography
  • Mike Stebbins, Ph.D., Consortium Manager, Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) and Counter-WMD Consortium (CWMD), Advanced Technology International (ATI), biography
  • Tyler Merkely, MBA, MS, Co-Founder, Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) and CARB-X, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, biography
  • Kevin Outterson, J.D., L.L.M, Professor of Law and Executive Director, CARB-X, Boston University, biography
  • Kathy Zolman, MBA, Executive Director, Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (METC), Advanced Technology International (ATI), biography




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