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On December 5, 2019 the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI), The Geneva Foundation, Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) hosted the MIO-Forum “Think Tank” in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 
The “Pitch Tank” will occur on March 11, 2020 at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Businesses selected from white paper submissions to present will receive logistical information in advance (white paper information at the bottom of this message).
At the “Think Tank,” military medical professionals from Fort Bragg announced operational medical requirements to the public. The two areas of interest for the Think Tank were the following:
  • Detecting need for life-saving interventions (LSI). Like their civilian counterparts, military healthcare providers have a requirement to rapidly identify those patients who will need LSI. Even in the most technologically advanced medical units, patients can deteriorate with little warning. The ability to rapidly identify casualties with the greatest need would enhance triage and evacuation priorities. Current means of predicting decompensation include monitoring of the Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI, uses artificial intelligence to assess changes in arterial waveforms secondary to alterations in volume hemostasis). CRI fared better than systolic blood pressure (BP), mean arterial BP, and shock index (heart rate/systolic BP) at predicting need for LSI. Additionally, serum lactate levels may predict shock. The MIO-Forum is seeking cutting-edge technology to better predict decompensation and the need for LSI. 
  • Human performance optimization. Prevention of injuries, maximizing physical performance, and improving psychological resiliency are key components of human performance optimization. In addition to biomarkers or other data that may predict injury, the military has a need to develop methods to determine which Soldiers are at risk for performance failure.  Examples include biomarkers to determine risk for muscle fatigue or failure, metrics for psychological resiliency, detection of pre-clinical infections, and over or undertraining. For any tool, the need for deployability and rapid turnaround of results is imperative.
WHITE PAPER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. Limit to two pages, single-spaced, size 12 font, with 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); prior military collaborations (if any); and limit of five references. White papers should be submitted to

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