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New initiative seeks to boost commercialization of military tech in San Antonio


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 26th, 2018

In San Antonio, a collection of life science groups, city officials and research institutes have begun a new effort to commercialize military technologies.

The project will connect researchers at San Antonio’s various military medical units, the two University of Texas institutions in the city, and public and private life sciences groups to create a hub of “innovation and commercialization pertaining to trauma, critical care and clinical training,” according to officials.

“There are innovators in the military who have intellectual property they’re trying to push forward,” says Teresa Evans, chief operating officer at San Antonio clinical trial operator Trauma Insight and a leader in the new project. “In order to grow, to make [those products] part of military and civilian medicine, they need to be commercialized.”

A city-backed economic development group has granted Evans $50,000 to begin forming partnerships and developing a charter for the coalition. Eventually, someone will step in to run the program, working closely with the various institutions and their tech transfer offices.

“While there are already existing local partnerships between military medical missions and academia, as well as a few commercialization success stories, we believed there was a need to have a more coordinated and sustained effort to identify and pursue more commercialization opportunities,” say San Antonio economic development officials Rene Dominguez and Ed Davis in a joint statement. “Expanding how we collaborate and really talking to each other, while creating a plan to help grow military medical commercialization opportunities, really demonstrates how such collaboration between our partners and key institutions improves our local bioscience ecosystem.”

Source: Xconomy

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