The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is a nonprofit research consortium of academic institutions, nonprofits, and private companies whose focus is to develop medical tools that manage, treat, and rehabilitate those suffering from traumatic injury on the battlefield. Ultimately, all citizens will benefit from these technologies and health care solutions. Since it was founded in 2016, MTEC has made 117 awards, totaling over $300M, for projects that range from bioengineered blood vessels to augmented reality medical training tools and wearable diagnostics for early detection of COVID-19.
In the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, 625,000 veterans have filed for physical and mental disability claims. Over 32,000 men and women have been wounded in action; over 4,000 soldiers have had blast-related penetrating eye injuries; nearly 1,700 have lost at least one limb; and over 8,000 have had penetrating or severe brain injury. Commitment to the nation’s warfighters – veterans, those now serving, and their future brothers and sisters in arms – requires that the full force of medical and trauma research and technology development be brought to bear on preserving lives and enhancing the healing process and the return to fully functioning lives.
Changing Our World has worked with MTEC since it was founded in 2016, providing counsel on the establishment of its 501 (c ) 3, setting up its donor database, identifying philanthropic prospects for pursuit, launching its first individual solicitations, developing the systems and processes for donor engagement and acknowledgment, and providing communications strategy and support.
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