USSOCOM calls for novel biomedical solutions

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) announced this week that it is seeking novel biomedical solutions to preserve the high level of performance and save the lives of special operations forces (SOF) in field environments.

Proposed projects are required to be unique to the SOF requirements, including conducting combat operations in austere, remote locations without timely access to medical evacuation or elevated levels of medical care, Global Biodefense reports.

The unique nature of SOF medicine requires material solutions to be rugged, lightweight, small volume and require low power.

Additionally, USSOCOM is interested in research that leads to improved techniques and procedures that do not necessarily require new material, according to Global Biodefense.

Areas of interest include portable lab diagnostics; novel methods and devices for rapid identification and analysis of exposures to occupational and environmental health hazards; methods of identifying and diagnosing antigens, antibodies, viruses and bacteria in biological materials; vital signs monitoring; novel peripherally and central acting analgesia with easy field administration; and novel strategies to increase the ease, efficacy, and safety of blood transfusion.

Other areas include novel approaches to rapid and sustainable acclimatization for temperature, altitude and time-zone change extremes; treatments for high-altitude pulmonary edema and/or high altitude cerebral edema; CBRNE rapid diagnostics, treatment and prophylaxis; and patient decontamination, Global Biodefense reports.

Proposed projects must be directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding instead of focusing on a specific system or hardware solution.