According to the Economic Development Partnership for North Carolina, in 10 years, the state has invested more than $1 billion dollars in research and development facilities, workforce training, incentives and infrastructure in the medical-related industry — medical, biomedical and biodefense. With more than 60,000 North Carolinians working within this industry, the area represents a core component of our state’s economy and has grown 31% since 2001. North Carolina is home to four of the world’s leading medical schools, 18 university-partnered life science laboratories and the BioNetwork of North Carolina Community Colleges. There is no better place in the country to operate a medical, biotechnology and life science company.

Additionally, the Department of Defense has an annual impact of $66 billion and is the second-largest sector of North Carolina’s economy at 12% GDP. The state boasts six major military bases, 116 National Guard facilities, 40 Army Reserve facilities and the third-highest number of uniformed military personnel in the country.

In 2004, the state of North Carolina created the North Carolina Military Business Center, headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College, with regional offices statewide. Opening its doors in 2005, the NCMBC was created to leverage opportunities with North Carolina’s military installations, DoD commands and federal agencies operating worldwide.

NCMBC professionals focus on contract opportunities in crucial industry sectors, including medical/biotech, each with a growing federal and DoD demand and with significant business capacity in North Carolina.

To help businesses traverse the federal and DoD procurement processes, several entities annually host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium. Hosting entities include the offices of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; the NCMBC; the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; and the University of North Carolina System. This year’s event takes place June 12 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Medical Support to the Warfighter portion of this symposium 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, prime vendors and major contractors from DoD, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services — 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. This information will come from informal networking with buyers and users and from demonstrations of the latest medical technologies designed to support America’s warfighters.

The Biomedical and Biodefense Support to the Warfighter portion of the symposium will include sessions on the federal biodefense research and development landscape, mechanisms for engaging the defense and military biomedical research and development 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 research and development priorities, perspectives and collaborations.

The second session will provide valuable insights from selected federal funding agencies and industry enablers about traditional and emerging approaches to defense research and development funding and support.

The third session will feature representatives from several partnership-based research and development 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.

Visit www.ncmbc.us/2019mbb for more information.

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