Do you have a medical or biodefense product or solution you think might interest the U.S. military? The Warfighter Symposium in Chapel HIll in June helps businesses connect with military and federal purchasing agencies.

Slated for June 5 and 6 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, the 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. The event is hosted and conducted by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the NCMBC.

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.

Organizers say 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 be split with a focus on traditional biodefense R&D topics in our morning breakout and a focus on military medical R&D topics in our afternoon session. Each session will include a federal representative from these topical areas who will highlight the government’s challenges, needs and priority areas of interest.

Each panel will also include a researcher and/or industry partner that are developing technology solutions that address some of the problem areas. Each session will conclude with a panel discussion regarding challenges and opportunities for funding and collaboration.

The event also features launch of the Fort Bragg Research Institute (FBRI).  The FBRI mission is to optimize military performance through scientific innovation. The Institute will assist Fort Bragg investigators and their collaborators to perform research to advance the well-being of our Warfighters.

The North Carolina Military Business Center is working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Owens & Minor to set up one-on-one meetings with businesses in a pre-Symposium session on June 5th.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs will have scheduled meetings with companies who provide the following (but not limited to):
  • 325412: Pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing
  • 339113: Commercial and institutional building construction
  • 236220: Surgical appliance and supplies manufacturing
  • 623110: Surgical and medical instrument manufacturing
  • 339112: Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)
  • 561320: Electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus manufacturing
Owens & Minor, a global healthcare solutions company, will have scheduled meetings with companies who provide consumable medical supplies and durable medical equipment.
  • Must be registered to attend the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium on June 6th.
  • Complete the online informational form: 
  • Following submission, the information provided will be reviewed by MBB staff, and if selected an appointment timeframe, additional information will be sent to you by email from Courtney Smedick.  If you have any questions, please email
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