San Antonio Bioscience Industry and Military Medical Research

San Antonio’s healthcare and bioscience industries are credited with an annual economic impact of $44B, and account for nearly one-fifth of all local jobs. Just as critical to the city’s economy, however, is the industry for which San Antonio has become synonymous.

Long known as Military City, USA, San Antonio is home to the largest joint base in the US Department of Defense, with a robust medical ecosystem all its own. Indeed, the city boasts 10 military treatment facilities (MTF’s), 12,000 clinical staff, 37 graduate medical education programs with nearly 600 residents, four critical care air transport teams, a burn flight team, and the DOD’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.

Additionally, San Antonio is the proud home of several military medical research organizations, including:

  • US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR)
  • Air Force 59th Medical Wing (59MDW) – the largest of the Air Force’s clinical training sites
  • Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-SA)

Leveraging our region’s unique strengths in bioscience research, development, and commercialization, TRTF seeks to promote growth and investment in San Antonio’s leading industries by creating a first-of-its-kind military medical research facility on the grounds of the VelocityTX innovation campus.

By co-locating military medical research organizations together with select representatives from academia, industry, and the startup community, this facility would promote critical collaboration across San Antonio’s life sciences community to accelerate the speed at which emerging technologies can be leveraged by the armed forces.

Strategically located just minutes from Fort Sam Houston, this facility would serve as a nexus of expertise and innovation designed to advance the military’s medical mission by meeting the needs of Futures Command and/or the Defense Health Agency.