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US Army Signs New Technology Licensing Partner for the SHRAIL™

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Carey Phillips
Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity
(301) 619-7056
E-mail: carey.a.phillips2.civ@mail.mil

SHRAIL™ device
The SHRAIL™ is shown attached to a standard NATO litter. (Photo courtesy of the Medical Prototype Development Laboratory at USAMMDA)

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity in conjunction with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Technology Transfer Office signed an agreement granting Atlanta-based Morzine Medical LLC the rights to distribute and sell the SHRAIL™, a litter rail system that enables the transformation of any standard NATO litter or stretcher into a highly functional surgical table or ICU bed.

The U.S. Army looks to small business to provide innovation that will support the health and mission of the Warfighter.

"This agreement provides the framework necessary to take this revolutionary product and make it a commercial-off-the-shelf item. As a result, an important life saving device will be readily available to all military units with the potential to save lives on the battlefield," said Mark Brown, chief of the Medical Prototype Development Laboratory for the Medical Support Systems Project Management Office at USAMMDA.

The SHRAIL™ was developed for far-forward surgery. It provides a standardized means to connect accessories commonly found in operating rooms to litters and stretchers. The result is the ability to employ advanced capabilities in emergency, field and transportation operation.

Learn more about the SHRAIL™ at http://technologytransfer.health.mil/assets/docs/technologies/SHRAIL_Rev-12-14-2017.pdf.

The SHRAIL™ can be transported in a standard ruck sack to some of the most austere environments.

Col. Jason M. Hiles and Cpt. Maxwell R. Sirkin, Army surgeons at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, co-invented the SHRAIL™ based on deployment experiences.

"I wanted to help the far-forward surgeon who is often hours to days from a formal operating room or hospital," said Sirkin. "These surgeons will have critically ill patients that they may need to move frequently. I wanted to come up with a device that can help in this setting."

USAMRMC MTT's unique process for developing market-ready products is known as, Assistive Technology Transfer. This product's advancement into the market is the result of significant prototyping support from USAMMDA. By providing small business and inventors assistance with cooperative research and development agreement support, research and development, prototyping, testing, evaluation and more, USAMRMC MTT is successfully speeding the development and commercialization of DOD-relevant biomedical inventions, from concept through development.

Morzine Medical LLC is a worldwide manufacturer for the Doak M4 Surgical Table.

For additional information about Assistive Technology Transfer, visit: About Medical Technology Transfer

Headquartered in Fort Detrick, Maryland, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Medical Technology Transfer Office coordinates all intellectual property licensing on behalf of all USAMRMC's subordinate laboratories from the federal sector to nonfederal parties.

USAMMDA is the DOD's advanced development activity for products designed to protect and preserve the lives of Warfighters. USAMMDA develops new drugs, vaccines and medical support equipment that enhance readiness, ensures the provision of the highest quality medical care to the DOD and maximizes survival of medical casualties on the battlefield.

Last Modified Date: 07/15/2022