HJF Launches Innovation Initiative to Move Military Medical Technologies to Commercialization

HJF kicked off a new initiative on Feb. 8 with a Pop-up Event hosted with TEDCO’s Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) that facilitates a pathway to commercialize more products and services with the goal of improving the health of both our military and civilian populations. Using its unique position as a congressionally authorized nonprofit that advances military medicine, HJF is collaborating with similarly focused organizations to accelerate innovation for the benefit of military service members and civilians alike. 

“We’re pleased to partner with TEDCO to expand access to innovations and discoveries made across a broad spectrum of research areas that are pertinent to service members. This partnership framework will allow faster development of important medical innovations for the military medical community,” said Joseph Caravalho, Jr., HJF President and CEO. 

“We’re working together to leverage our strengths—HJF’s 40 years of experience in research management and acceleration and, for instance, TEDCO’s expertise as a leader in pushing innovation to market—to ultimately get products that help service members into their hands,” said La Shaun Berrien, HJF’s Vice President of Research Administration and Innovation Management. 

More than 200 people from various organizations and universities, including NSF I-Corps and LaunchPort, attended the event where HJF and TEDCO formally launched their partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding. 

About HJF: The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is a global nonprofit organization with the mission to advance military medicine. HJF’s scientific, administrative and program operations services empower investigators, clinicians, and medical researchers around the world to make discoveries in all areas of medicine. With 40 years of experience, HJF serves as a trusted and responsive link between the military medical community, federal and private partners, and the millions of warfighters, veterans, and civilians who benefit from military medicine. For more information, visit

About Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)

The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) was created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions (Johns Hopkins University; Morgan State University; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park) and pilot programs for Bowie State University and Frostburg State University. The program is designed to promote commercialization of research conducted in the partner universities through entrepreneurship and venture creation. It is administered through TEDCO. Learn more at