The Medical Technology and Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) brought UCI Applied Innovation, the UCI Office of Research, and interested entrepreneurs together to learn about MTEC and opportunities to pursue consortium project funding.
The day began with a network lunch, where guests were able to meet and connect with others interested in the medical technology field, and then everyone gathered in the Beach to hear Kristen Pugh introduce the guests to MTEC and the presenters. Of the three presenters who work for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), two gave their talks using the teleconferencing capabilities in the Beach. The audience was able to listen to MTEC Program Managers, Dr. James Phillips and Polly Graham, while viewing their presentations on the Hiperwall. They touched upon topics such as MTEC’s public-private partnership, project solicitation process, and benefits of being an MTEC member. Between Dr. Phillip and Graham’s presentations, Executive Director Stacey Lindbergh discussed how to optimize the health and performance of our nation’s army members and showed a brief video clip about former U.S. Army Sergeant Brendan Marrocco, a quadruple amputee who received a double arm transplant, and his recovery process.
After the presentations, Dr. Phillips and Graham stayed on the teleconferencing line and were able to take turns answering the guests’ questions and elaborating on answers the other gave.