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 UNC System are pleased to host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium on June 12 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 
PRE-SYMPOSIUM TARGETING TEAMING (JUNE 11). The day prior to the Medical, Biomedical and Biodefense (MBB) Symposium, a targeted teaming and networking forum with government, military and prime vendors will be available to all registered attendees of the MBB Symposium. 
Owens & Minor will have scheduled meetings with companies who provide consumable medical supplies and durable medical equipment (specifically, but not limited to, NAICS codes 339112, 339113, 423450, 423490). 
Owens & Minor is a leading global healthcare solutions company dedicated to Connecting the World of Medical Products to the Point of Care by providing vital supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers of healthcare products. Owens & Minor has been in business for over 136 years and has proudly served as a prime vendor partner for DLA-Troop Support (Medical) through four generations of the DoD’s Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program. Owens & Minor’s has approximately 4,500 civilian and military customers that are serviced from 52 distribution centers. On an annual basis, Owens & Minor’s 17,000 world-wide teammates support over 5,00,000,000 procedures and distribute over 360,000 products to their customers.
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 include sessions on the federal biodefense research and development (R&D) landscape, mechanisms for engaging the defense and military biomedical R&D community, and new models for driving innovation through public-private partnerships. In the first session, agency representatives from the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services will discuss current interagency biodefense R&D priorities, perspectives, and collaborations. The second session will provide valuable insights from selected federal funding agencies and industry enablers on traditional and emerging approaches to defense R&D funding and support. The third session will feature representatives from several partnership-based R&D consortia and accelerators for biomedical and biodefense technology advancement. Each session will include presentations and panel discussions to foster awareness and dialogue among government, academic, and industry stakeholders in addressing the future biomedical and biodefense technology needs of the military and our nation.
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