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September 20, 2018


The San Antonio Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan seeks to better leverage the market’s military medical assets.  CATHY DE LA GARZA

By W. Scott Bailey  – Senior Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal

The city of San Antonio and the San Antonio Economic Development Corp. have moved closer to implementing the San Antonio Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan — a step toward better leveraging the market’s military medical assets.

The plan provides a road map for community leaders to promote entrepreneurial opportunities by creating formal alliances between defense, educational and private-sector entities in the Alamo City. Stakeholders believe the deeper collaboration will showcase San Antonio’s military medical research industry and foster the creation of more life science companies, jobs and partnerships.

“Playing a key role in our national security effort is foremost, but the significant and growing military medical research missions in San Antonio provide our community an outstanding advantage,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement. “We can partner with and leverage these missions to create commercialization opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and to increase the growth of our life science ecosystem.”

San Antonio is home to several leading military medical research missions, including the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, the Navy Medical Research Unit San Antonio and the Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing. The city is also home to several companies and other entities — including Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Southwest Research Institute, BioBridge Global, the University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health San Antonio — that have an opportunity for more collaboration with local military assets.

Stakeholders hope that will spur more growth in San Antonio’s bioscience industry.

The new action plan comes from a military life science working group formed last year consisting of local industry, academic and military leaders. The city engaged a consultant, Teresa Evans LLC, to develop the plan.

That plan details the need for a formal partnership between various industry partners and a full-time position dedicated to navigating the unique culture and hierarchy of the military's technology transfer system.

Col. Jerome Buller, a physician and commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, said the heightened collaborative efforts will provide “new avenues for commercializing the results of our large research and development investments” in San Antonio.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley shares those expectations. She said the new plan will open opportunities for the city’s bioscience players and help military partners fulfill their medical missions.

The first phase of the action plan will focus on identifying near-term opportunities for commercialization, establishing partnerships between the military and community medical research entities, aligning government and community stakeholders, and developing a charter outlining an execution plan.
















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