The IDF Medical Corps and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command held a joint seminar in Israel last week aimed at coordinating research and development efforts in new military-medical fields.
The workshops have been ongoing for 30 years and are held one year in Israel and the next year in the US. The US delegation comprised of 70 officers, including Maj.-Gen. James Gilman, head of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
IDF sources said it was possible the seminar would lead to the receipt of US funding for ongoing Israeli research projects such as a freeze-dry blood technology that will enable soldiers to carry a unit of their blood into a battlefield and hook up to it intravenously if wounded.
Development of the technology is currently being spearheaded by an Israeli biotech company, which has succeeded in drying the blood and vacuum-packing it. It is still conducting tests to locate the exact fluid needed for mixing with dry blood to turn it into liquid form.