Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium

SESSION SUMMARIES

June 13, 2023

Hosted at the NC Biotechnology Center (15 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709).  To participate, you must registered as a MBB participant for June 14th. A new half-day pre-symposium on June 13 in the afternoon at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will focus on the truths and myths of Department of Defense (DoD) funding. Sessions will include introductions from NC Partners who strengthen the defense sector, company success stories working with the DoD/military/other government agencies, and an introduction to DoD funding.

  • 12:30: Registration/Check-In Opens
  • 1:00: Welcome Remarks: Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Science & Business Development, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • 1:05: Introduction to North Carolina Partners Who Strengthen the Defense Sector– Lightning Round
    • Moderator – Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Science & Business Development, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
    • Jessica Reece, MSLS, Director, Life Science Intelligence, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
    • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC)
    • Colonel (Ret) Denny Lewis, Director, North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
    • Tammy Everett, Executive Director, Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC)
    • John Hardin, Ph.D., Executive Director, NC Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, NC Department of Commerce
    • Colonel (Ret) Dennis McGurk, Ph.D., DoD Senior Account Executive, RTI International Director, North Carolina Center for Optimizing Military Performance (NC COMP)
    • Emil Runge, Director of Programs, First Flight Venture Center (FFVC)/Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Accelerator
    • Rodney Saunders, Program Director, and Kaleigh Presgraves, Research Portfolio Manager, Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI)/Geneva Foundation
    • Followed by question and answer session
  • 2:00: Introduction to DoD Funding – Interests and Mechanisms
  • 3:00: Networking Break – Galleria
  • 3:30: North Carolina Company Successes – Lightning Round
    • Moderator – Mary Beth Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Science and North Carolina Biotechnology Center
    • Kyle Chenet, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, 410 Medical (DoD/Army)
    • Joseph Nixon, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, Locus Bioscience (BARDA/CARB-X)
    • Jerry Heneghan, MBA, Chief Design Officer, BioMojo (DoD/Army)
    • Jason Zhou, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Zymeron (DoD)
    • Ryan Kane, Sr. Dir., Government Affairs & Bus. Development, NightHawk Biosciences (Biochem)
  • 4:00: Networking w/Company Presenters – Galleria
  • 4:30: Adjourn

A welcome social will be held following at the Durham Bull Athletic Park, for more information visit: https://mbb.ncmbc.us/welcome-social-2/

 

June 14, 2023

0815-0915: Morning Keynote Panel Remarks: Medical Modernization: Synthetic Environments, Simulations and Medical Assist Support Technology.  A panel of experts will highlight medical modernization efforts and technological developments as well as the impact that these advancements will have on the Army’s future medical capabilities. Specific focuses will include synthetic training environments, augmentation of simulations, medical assist support technology, and how these advanced approaches can be used to optimize warfighter capability in efforts to provide medical care and intervention support in multi-domain operations. Also addressed will be anticipated gaps and requirements, complexities of these efforts, addressing and overcoming intricacies, and future initiatives.

  • Moderator: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
  • Brigadier General William R. GlaserDirector, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Function Team, US Army Futures Command
  • Colonel Kathleen Samsey, Director, Directorate of Simulation, US Army Medical Center of Excellence
  • Colonel Tyler E. Harris, MD, FAAOS, Surgical Specialty Advisor, Army Medical Central Simulation Committee
  • William (Bill) Pike, Ph.D, Electronics Engineer, S&T Manager, Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC), SFC Paul Ray Smith Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC)

09:15-10:15- Current Military Medical Requirements: Installation and Tactical Medicine. The Fort Bragg Research Institute, a program of The Geneva Foundation, is honored to present the needs, gaps, and requirements of our nation’s warfighting commands.

  • Moderator: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Stephen DeLellis, PA-C, Senior Technical Advisor, The Geneva Foundation
  • Brigadier General Lance Raney, Surgeon, US Army Forces Command
  • Colonel Mark Ochoa, Command Surgeon, XVIII Airborne Corps
  • Captain Michael Barry, Force Surgeon, II Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Colin Frament, Deputy Surgeon, US Army Special Operations Command
  • Tony Matcham, Medical Materiel Requirements / Capability Developer, US Army Special Operations Command

10:30-11:45- Department of Veterans Affairs: Future Requirements. Panel presenters will identify requirements of Department of Veterans Affairs and 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.

  • Moderator: Fran Perez-Wilhite, Program Manager, Veteran-Owned Business Development, North Carolina Military Business Center
  • Dr. Brenda Richardson, Chief Logistic Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 6
  • LaTecia Anderson-Jackson, Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 6
  • Michael Eskarous, National Contracting Office, Small Business Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 6
  • Dave Collins, Associate Director, Salisbury VAMC
  • Kamaldeep Lidder, Acting Associate Director of Operations, Fayetteville VAMC
  • Joanna Weber, Asheville VAMC
  • Craig Holbert, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Asheville VAMC
  • Peter Tillman, Associate Director, Durham VAMC

10:30-11:45- North Carolina Center for Optimizing Military Performance (NC-COMP). This session will provide information on NC-COMP highlighting the current work in Warfighter Brain Health that is focused on supporting the Army in scouting for traumatic brain injury (TBI) field assessment technology and refining the concept of operations/employment for TBI field assessment, field monitoring and field treatment in support of large scale combat operations.

  • Moderator: Madhu Shrestha, MPH, Research Health Information Technology Scientist, Research Triangle Institute
  • Colonel (Ret) Dennis McGurk, Ph.D., DoD Senior Account Executive, RTI International
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Stephen DeLellis, PA-C, Senior Technical Advisor, The Geneva Foundation
  • Dr. Malena Rone, Physiological Health Portfolio Manager, US Army Medical Research & Development Command (MRDC) Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP)
  • R. Casey Boutwell, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Bionica Labs
  • Louis E. Jasper, Project Manager, Warfighter Brain Health PMO, US Army Medical Research and Development Command

1:15-2:15- Military Medical Facilities and Operational Medical Commands: Future Requirements.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.

  • Moderator: Fran Perez-Wilhite, Program Manager, Veteran-Owned Business Development, North Carolina Military Business Center
  • Captain Kevin J. Brown, Commander, NMRTC Camp Lejeune; Director, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune; Director, Coastal North Carolina Market
  • Colonel Hugh McLean, Deputy Commanding Officer, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Lieutenant Colonel Danielle Chandler, Chief, Logistics, Womack Army Medical Center
  • Dan Keefe, Director, Supplier Operations, Defense Logistics Agency, Medical Supply Chain
  • Steve Bollendorft, Division Chief of the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program, Defense Logistics Agency, Medical Supply Chain
  • Cassandra Martin, Director Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Health Agency
  • Sherri Roche, Small Business Professional, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Health Agency

1:15-2:15- Public-Private Partnerships. This panel will focus on the critical role that Public-Private Partnerships between government agencies and private-sector companies play in creating impactful medical solutions. The panel will feature two NC companies along with representatives from the agencies that funded their businesses.

The discussion will include questions about how they built the relationship, how that creates a successful work product and how they manage dual-use commercialization knowing that the military/federal agency is not likely to be their only customer.  

  • Moderator: Krista Covey, MBA, President, First Flight Venture Center
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Scott F. Walter, PhD, PE, Director of Technology, 59th Medical Wing, Science and Technology Office, Defense Health Agency
  • Megan Livingston, M.Sc., Senior Director of Business Development, Jurata Thin Film
  • Kyle Chenet, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, 410 Medical
  • Christopher Houchens, Ph.D., Director, Division of CBRN Countermeasures, Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority

2:30-4:00- Warfighter Future Medical Technology and Innovation. This session will feature speakers representing operations, requirements generation, research, and acquisition components of DoD’s medical technology innovation processes.   Experts will address future medical technology needs and trends and how to engage with their offices.

  • Co-Moderators: Colonel (Ret) Denny Lewis, Director, North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) and Colonel (Ret) Dennis McGurk, Ph.D., DoD Senior Account Executive, RTI International and NC-COMP
  • Colonel James Jones, PhD, PA-C, Director, Medical Capability Development Integration Directorate (MED CDID), Futures and Concepts Center, Army Futures Command
  • Colonel Andrea Castillon, Southern Regional Lead & Army Senior Service Advisor, Defense Innovation Unit
  • Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Love, Joint Product Manager, US Army Medical Research & Development Command
  • Sergeant Major Chris McNamara, 3rd Operational Support Group, US Army Special Operations Command
  • Mark T. Dertzbaugh, Ph.D., Principal Assistant for Research & Technology, US Army Medical Research & Development Command
  • Paul Dituro, US Army Retired