Army R&D selects local biotech firm to prevent wound infection

Press release from MLM Biologics Inc.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) recently awarded MLM Biologics, Inc. almost $1.5 million to develop a device to prevent infection in battlefield wounds. The device will incorporate MLM Biologic’s proprietary collagen processing and stabilization technologies.

MLM Biologics competed for the award in the battlefield treatment area, focused on preventing infection in wounds from “…complex, traumatic, penetrating injuries in a far-forward, austere environment.”

“We’re honored to bring our innovative solutions to the men and women who stand in harm’s way as our focus has always been on wound closure—not just wound management,” says CEO Chandra Nataraj.

As part of the award, MLM Biologics will develop a new medical device using its proprietary technologies combined with proven anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial components, Nataraj said. He believes it will eventually be available for civilian clinical use.

“We expect to make a difference, not only for our military heroes but eventually for everyone dealing with possible wound infection. The potential health benefits are huge,” Nataraj says.

The company maintains labs at the University of Florida’s business incubator, UF Innovate | Accelerate @ Sid Martin Biotech, where it conducts product development activities. Karl R. LaPan, UF Innovate | Accelerate director, believes MLM Biologics represents the tangible benefits incubators provide.

“MLM Biologics, and the development of a treatment to prevent wound infection, is a great example of public-private partnerships translating research into meaningful, life-changing products for America’s service members,” LaPan said.

The award is part of the Military Prototype Advancement Initiative, funded by the Department of Defense and issued through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium, a collaboration of industry and academia to facilitate R&D activities with USAMRDC and other government agencies.

About MLM Biologics, Inc.

MLM Biologics is a privately held medical device company specializing in the design, manufacture, and marketing of biologic medical devices. The company was founded on the modern interpretation of the Gandhian economic principle of “More for Less for Many.” It currently distributes an FDA-cleared wound care device (bio-ConneKt® Wound Matrix) out of its ISO-13485-certified facility in Gainesville, Fla. For more information, visit www.MLMBiologics.com.

  • the army must be using the Ghandian economic principal at their “vehicle repair center” that they’re building by the airport…they put up a huge steel sign girder a few weeks ago that spans across 39th in front of Grace Mkt and west of the jail that’s going to have signs or lights on it like you would see on I-75. The facility looks like it could hold “more for less for many”.

    • They can use GRACE (or twin RL Bail Bonds) for aerial target practice, good point.

    • What’s the army building a “vehicle repair center” here when there’s no army base? To have vehicles ready to deploy in our area if there’s martial law or it’s other use is a FEMA camp. I saw that steel girder thing across 39th…it’s seems too large for that location and out of place.
      Maybe it will be a check-point from entering & leaving the city from that direction. They usually build FEMA camps near jails & railways. It would be easy to put the rails from the airport back to the tracks in Waldo. That would be a very strategic location for a FEMA camp if you didn’t have your vaccine passport.

  • Congrats to MLM, we appreciate your helping the troops! 🙏🏻🇺🇸🙏🏽🇺🇸🙏🏿

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