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Partnership Opportunity with DoD Centers of Excellence

The Department of Defense (DoD) established Centers of Excellence (COEs) to focus on specific areas of medical expertise need to address the unique healthcare needs of service-connected injuries and disease states. These centers play a vital role in improving the care of service members and veterans by bringing together therapeutic area experts from all segments of healthcare.


The range of pilots, partnerships, and/or innovative payment models pharmaceutical manufacturers can explore with these centers is vast. Common areas of interest include clinical research collaborations, real-world evidence generation, participation in DoD consortiums, access to funding opportunities, DoD training and education programs, and access to specialized data and analytics.


There are seven primary DoD COEs located at military hospitals and medical centers throughout the country, many with a wide network focused on advancing the standard of care in key military therapeutic areas of focus.


  • Joint Trauma System (JTS) Centers of Excellence (multiple sites)

  • Burn Injury Center (BIC) - Brooke Army Medical Center

  • Critical Care Trauma Research Center (CCTRC) - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • Critical Care Research Network (CCRN) – Fort Sam Houston, TX

  • Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) - Walter Reed

  • Injury Prevention Center (IPC) - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) - Bethesda, Maryland


Pharmaceutical manufacturers can leverage DoD COEs in a variety of ways to advance brand goals and objectives. Real world examples of manufacturer partnerships with DoD COEs include:


  • Pfizer partnered with the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) to develop a new treatment for spinal cord injuries. This collaboration led to the successful development of a new drug that is now being used to treat military personnel with spinal cord injuries.

  • Johnson & Johnson collaborated with the Joint Trauma System (JTS) to develop a new trauma dressing that can be used to treat severe bleeding injuries. This collaboration led to the development of a new dressing that is now being used by military medics and trauma surgeons around the world.

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