“This process provides a unique opportunity to leverage an OTA to not only rapidly prototype – which we are actively and successfully doing through IWRP – but also to rapidly produce technology and place it in the hands of our Sailors and Marines faster,” said Don Sallee, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic acquisition planning services manager.
BrightFocus Foundation and MTEC have come together to address a critical need in TBI research. Repeated mTBIs – which are common in contact sports and military settings – have been indicated as a risk factor in developing various neurodegenerative diseases. This research has the potential to impact service members on the front line, as well as our mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.
The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (San Francisco, CA, USA) has been awarded USD 5.1 million by the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium in partnership with the Department of Defense to expand a study called TemPredict. The research study aims to observe associations between dermal body temperature, heart rate and related metrics, and onset of symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue, which can characterize COVID-19.
“UTIC is an important resource for innovative undersea and maritime technology solutions,” said Molly Donohue Magee, UTIC’s executive director. “The Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) allows for streamlined contracting, ensuring the government can expeditiously get needed technology prototype solutions. We are extremely proud to have accomplished so much in just two years and we look forward to continuing to support the technology needs of the Department of Navy.
The Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic and Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific will host a virtual industry day in early June to announce 10 new projects through the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) Consortium.
“MTEC is proud to be a partner with USAMRDC to accelerate the development of solutions for COVID-19 and to protect and heal those who serve,” said Kathy Zolman, MTEC Director of Program Operations.
Impressed by the rapid innovation of the commercial sector, defense officials are adapting to secure more participation from tech-focused firms. To do this, they are using a special contracting capability called Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to streamline the partnering process and cut costs to a level where small entrepreneurial outfits can participate.
Through an RPP, the MTEC aims to create the virtual wards, or “cohorts of patients that are managed together and with continuity by the tele-critical care teams.” The hope is that they can be deployed in traditional health care facilities such as hospitals and clinics, as well as non-traditional and temporary health care facilities like field hospitals and gymnasiums.
San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute received funding from the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium to develop a nerve agent antidote for use on the battlefield or to protect the public.
NAVWAR Leads Discussion on Advancing Commercial Technologies for the Warfighter at Quarterly Industry Day
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) tapped into the minds of industry and academia professionals to discuss opportunities and address challenges related to rapidly developing and delivering advanced warfighting capabilities to the fleet at the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) Consortium Quarterly Industry Day, March 5, at the San Diego Convention Center.