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The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the University of North Carolina are pleased to host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium on June 5-6 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

“The most senior leadership of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical establishments will participate in this Symposium,” said Scott Dorney, Executive Director of the NCMBC.  “This is a rare opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the medical industry in North Carolina to military commands, the VA and medical prime contractors in our state and beyond.   All businesses capable of providing medical services, supplies, devices, equipment, pharmaceuticals or research and development to the federal government should participate in this landmark event.”


  • ROBERT WILKIE: Acting Secretary for the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Principal Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management, US Department of Defense 
  • ROBERT KADLEC, M.D.: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • DR. GEORGE V. LUDWIG, Principal Assistant for Research and Technology, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)

Sessions include: 

  • Military Operational Medicine: Requirements and Acquisition Processes for Medical Products, Services, Education, Training and Research & Development
  • Launch of the Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI) 
  • Chemical and Biological Defense Solutions for our Soldiers: Challenges, Opportunities and Funding Priorities
  • Marketing and Selling Your Products and Services to the Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services
  • Technology Solutions in Military Medicine:  Augmented Reality for Surgical Telestration and Combat Casualty Care
  • Marketing and Selling Your Product and Services to the Prime Vendors: Partnerships and Subcontracting Opportunities

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About the Symposium. 
Medical Support to the Warfighter, will connect businesses in North Carolina with military and other federal agencies that require or purchase medical supplies, equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, medical information technology and medical services.  Representatives from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, their prime vendors and major contractors – from national commands and from bases, commands and facilities in North Carolina – will highlight current technology or resource gaps and needs, future requirements and procurement processes to supply military and federal medical facilities and agencies.  All medical-related businesses in North Carolina – large or small, prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers – will benefit from briefings on military requirements, procurement processes and supplier qualifications, from informal networking with buyers and users, and from exhibiting or viewing demonstrations of the latest medical technologies designed to support America’s warfighters.

The Biomedical and Biodefense Support to the Warfighter portion of this conference will be split with a focus on traditional biodefense R&D topics in our morning breakout and a focus on military medical R&D topics in our afternoon session. Each session will include a federal representative from these topical areas who will highlight the government’s challenges, needs and priority areas of interest. Each panel will also include a researcher and/or industry partner that are developing technology solutions that address some of the problem areas. Each session will conclude with a panel discussion regarding challenges and opportunities for funding and collaboration.  Both of these sessions aim to establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government to form partnerships to address the future biomedical and biodefense technology needs of the military and our nation.

The Cape Fear Research Consortium is a collaboration of academic, healthcare and military institutions in the Cape Fear region. It includes Campbell University, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Methodist University, North Carolina Military Business Center, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, Womack Army Medical Center and associated Fort Bragg organizations. The mission of this consortium is to promote scientific, academic, medical and economic growth in the Cape Fear region by leveraging the region’s outstanding educational infrastructure with its robust healthcare and military presence.

Launch of the Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI).  The FBRI mission is to optimize military performance through scientific innovation. The Institute will assist Fort Bragg investigators and their collaborators to perform research to advance the well-being of our Warfighters.

For more information about the Symposium, visit: contact Courtney Smedick at 

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