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The other transaction agreement mechanism enables discussions
with potential performers throughout the process to develop
better requirements for projects to meet the needs of both mili-
tary and commercial health care markets. This type of interaction
is usually not allowed through typical contracting and grants
MRMC is committed to ensuring that businesses are provided
with maximum opportunities to compete for procurements. There
are several systems and portals that enable academia and indus-
try to submit ideas and research.
The command recognizes that unsolicited proposals with unique
and innovative products or ideas that have been developed outside
of the government can help it accomplish its mission. MR MC
uses the New Products and Ideas (NPI) system as a mechanism
to evaluate new products and ideas, currently configured or in
development, that support the mission.
The NPI is a web-based system that provides a means for our
subject matter experts to assess these products and ideas, evalu-
ate their applicability and provide feedback to the submitter. It
gives academia and industry an opportunity to showcase their
products or ideas without needing to travel to Fort Detrick and
without giving anyone an unfair competitive advantage. After
the submitter enters data, an expert receives the information
and provides feedback within 60 days.
Additionally, NPI gives the public direct access to the scien-
tific expertise of DOD. It is open to the public so anyone can
submit ideas or information. NPI has been a successful avenue
for submission, giving submitters the opportunity to obtain feed-
back without an extensive process.
No funding is associated with NPI, but it allows for construc-
tive feedback that can help with developing and refining the
ideas that are submitted. Recent submissions to NPI resulted
in further collaborative ventures for products in such areas as
combat casualty care, military operational medicine, burn treat-
ment, infectious diseases and surgery.
OFFICE OF SMALL
BUSINESS PROGR AMS
The mission of MRMC’s Office of Small Business Programs is to
maximize opportunities for various categories of small businesses
to compete for procurements as either a prime or subcontractor
and to forge strategic business alliances. The office is committed
to supporting small businesses in their pursuit to provide prod-
ucts, services and solutions that sustain our nation’s warfighters.
The organization’s goal is to ensure that small businesses remain
an integral part of MRMC’s business solutions. For informa-
tion about the MRMC Small Business Office, go to ht tp://small
busopps.amedd.army. m il/.
Military forces will continue to seek advanced medical prod-
ucts and devices to support their missions. The process needs
streamlining—with requirement approval currently taking two
to three years and technology moving so quickly, the technol-
ogy may become obsolete before it is even implemented. The goal
is to get products requested by the warfighters in their hands as
quickly as possible.
Although the acquisition process may provide challenges, it also
includes a necessary system of checks and balances to ensure the
delivery of safe, effective, affordable and sustainable solutions to
For more information and for details on working with MRMC, go
ELIZABETH LAMIE is a writer and content development special-
ist for the Public Affairs Office at Fort Detrick, providing contract
support to MRMC for eLittle Communications Group. She has more
than 15 years of experience researching and writing for publi-
cations and companies, and holds a B.A . in English from
George Mason University.
FOCUS: WARFIGHTER NEEDS
The 2018 Militar y Health System Research Symposium focuses on
the unique medical needs of the warfighter. The symposium consisted
of more than 75 breakout sessions, 90 exhibits and 1,400 poster
presentations. (Photo by Leticia Hopkins, MRMC Public Affairs)
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