Injury Care Initiative
Improving trauma care for the injured and those who protect them
The Injury Care Initiative (iCi) aims to find emerging solutions that improve trauma care for both warfighters and civilians and efficiently propel them into commercialization and clinical practice. By leveraging the healthcare innovation ecosystem, iCi aims to be a unique resource for innovators to help advance solutions beyond the Valley of Death.
A focus on dual-benefit
Lessons learned in the combat field can be readily applied in local trauma centers and emergency rooms. New technologies on a path toward commercialization for the general population can be adapted to benefit our warfighters and those being developed for military use can be adapted to help civilians injured everyday in car accidents, falls, as well as mass casualty events. By focusing on dual-benefit projects we can dramatically improve trauma care overall and reduce, or even eliminate, preventable deaths on both fronts.
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Areas of Focus
- Hemorrhage Control
- Non-Invasive, Early Diagnosis of Hemorrhage and Shock
- Pain Management
- Early Definitive Diagnosis of Sepsis
- Surgical Site Infection Control
- Inflammatory Complication Mitigation
- Orthopedic (malunion/nonunion fractures and osteo-integration)
- Simulation and Training for Trauma/Injury Care
- Moderate and Severe TBI Diagnosis
The solution addresses one of the defined military trauma care focus areas.
The work to date has a robust clinical and technical foundation. It has IP protection (at least an institutional disclosure) and has advanced to the point that it is technically and medically de-risked (e.g. proof of concept has been achieved.)
The solution should have a compelling value proposition clearly defined for economic buyers and address a significant civilian need with good commercial potential.
The project has objective milestones toward bringing the solution to commercial transition in 12 to 18 months. If successful, the solution has a clearly defined pathway (regulatory, reimbursement, etc.) to reach patient care in <5 years.
The team coupled with the proposed resources, from CIMIT and other sources, are sufficient for the project to reach commercial exit within the Stage 2 and 3 budget ranges. CIMIT support is aligned with project strengths, will prove meaningful, and is wanted by the team.
Why dual-benefit trauma/injury care?
Our motivation to focus on dual-benefit trauma care stems from the clear vision presented in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury. This vision for a national trauma care system is driven by the bold aim of zero preventable deaths after injury and minimal trauma-related disability for every American including those the nation sends into harm’s way during combat.
iCi seeks out dual-benefit, trauma care focused, healthtech solutions that have clear potential to reach patient care in the next 5 years. Readiness factors include a strong proof of concept, clearly validated and articulated commercial potential, a strong project plan with a defined path forward, and can successfully traverse the Valley of Death with resources from this program and other areas.