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BrightFocus Honored by Leading Military Health and Science Consortium

Recognized for Effort to Better Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

Clarksburg MD - BrightFocus Foundation today received the inaugural Impact Award from the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) for its work supporting the scientific development of better treatments for repeated mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). MTEC is a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and key research, advocacy, and corporate organizations.

The Maryland-based foundation, a leading funder of scientific research on diseases of mind and sight, is partnering with MTEC to address a critical need in brain research and drug development. Veterans who have experienced repeated mTBIs have been found to be at two-three times the risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“We are harnessing the power of science to better protect those who are protecting us,” said BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller. “We are excited that this partnership with MTEC will bring the latest science and technology to improve the lifelong health of the dedicated men and women who serve our country.”

“MTEC is pleased to be collaborating with BrightFocus Foundation to advance research in brain health and traumatic brain injury. Our joint mission is to accelerate innovation addressing high military and, in this case, civilian need to understand and treat brain trauma. We have found a true partner in BrightFocus,” said MTEC President William Howell.

BrightFocus Foundation is a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The nonprofit currently manages a global portfolio of over 220 scientific projects, a nearly $50 million investment, and shares the latest research findings and best practices to empower families impacted by these diseases.

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transactional Agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. To find out more about MTEC, visit

This content was first posted on: March 22, 2021

Contact Information

Michael Buckley, Vice President of Public Affairs
BrightFocus Foundation
Phone: (301) 556-9370

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