San Antonio Bioscience Industry and Military Medical Research

The Healthcare and Bioscience sector is the largest industry in San Antonio with an annual economic impact of $40B, one is six jobs in San Antonio are in the healthcare and bioscience industry, this industry provides San Antonio the best opportunity for future growth and investment, creating high-wage jobs and creating medical breakthroughs that impact humanity.

San Antonio is also home to Military Medicine with profound military research, training, outpatient assets and complementary units all contributing approximately $4B annually toward the overall impact.

The military medical ecosystem includes the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USISR), the 59th Medical Wing (the largest of 15 clinical training sites), and the Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-SA) the naval branch for Combat Casualty & Operational Medicine.

Additionally, San Antonio is home to 10 military treatment facilities (MTF’s), 12,000 clinical staff, 37 graduate medical education programs and nearly 600 residents, 4 critical care air transport teams, a burn flight team and the DOD’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.

The Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) will leverage the profound military life science research and commercialization assets in the San Antonio region to ultimately benefit the various military missions.

TRTF desires to create a Military Research Facility on the grounds of the Merchant Ice complex to maximize and leverage the life science industry in the San Antonio region creating a comprehensive Military Medicine Research Center of Excellence.

TRTF intends to co-locate aspects of these military assets along with select San Antonio biomedical research, academic and industry assets to create a responsive innovation hub and center. This innovation center is strategically located minutes from Ft. Sam Houston.

This innovation center will create a nexus of expertise designed to facilitate access to local resources to accelerate innovative technologies, especially those related to military missions. The ultimate desire is to create a hub of innovative activity that benefits the military and the network of partners. This is critical to meet the needs of Futures Command and/or the Defense Health Agency.