Are you thinking about or building a company with interesting technology? The federal government makes $2.5 billion available annually through Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants. Join Anna Lisa Somera MS, MBA, MPH, an expert in SBIRs and STTRs, for an introduction to how these grants work, who can qualify, and how to apply. She’ll walk you through all of the basics so you can decide if a SBIR or STTR might be a fit for your startup or new technology.
About the Instructor
Anna Lisa is an experienced medical device consultant, venture capitalist, intellectual property analyst, technology transfer specialist, biomedical researcher, and entrepreneur specialized in early-stage, cutting edge technology businesses. She helped drive the formation and raised angel and venture funding for several start-up companies while also serving as interim management for each venture. She co-founded OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc., a medical device company that received 510k clearance and CE marking for its orthodontic device now sold globally. She also has extensive experience in non-dilutive funding having helped new technology ventures receive over $7M in SBIR/STTR, state, and private grants. She previously was the Director of Quality, Regulatory Affairs, and Operations at medical device company, Diagnostic Photonics, where she led several successful efforts including winning multiple SBIR grants and contracts, leading the Company’s quality management system to ISO 13485 certification, and heading the Company’s regulatory efforts which led to FDA clearance and CE marking of their device. She is currently the VP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at two device companies, Innoblative Designs and Briteseed and also heads the grant efforts for both companies. Anna Lisa is also a consultant to several start-up companies, a Chicago Innovation Mentor, a MATTER mentor, a Heartland Angels Investor, and a featured columnist on health and medical websites.