NIH SBIR/STTR Grant Funding Workshop

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Cancer/Genetics Research Complex

2033 Mowry Rd

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Learn from NCI and NCATS experts how to identify and fund your promising projects towards successful commercialization

The Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are a critical source of non-dilutive financing for early stage companies. The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) SBIR programs provide funding, networking, and mentoring support for small businesses developing innovative biomedical technologies. In fiscal year 2019, NCI and NCATS SBIR provided approximately $195 million to small businesses to translate their innovations from lab to market. NIH SBIR program experts Kory Hallett and Lili Portilla will be speaking at this event, covering:

  • Overview of SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements

  • NIH SBIR/STTR process and grant and contract funding opportunities from NCI and NCATS

  • NIH SBIR/STTR initiatives such as NIH Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Team Training Program, Applicant Assistant Program, etc.

  • NCI Investor Initiative to help NCI SBIR-funded companies to connect with investors, venture capitalists, strategic partners, and business leaders from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries

  • NCATS drug de-risking programs geared for academic and small business entrepreneurs

  • Practical strategies on how to successfully submit competitive research proposals

Following the presentation, selected companies will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the speakers. To be considered for a 30 minute one-on-one meeting, with the NCATS or NCI representative, please submit your files here by no later than Oct 18th and provide your name, company name, and a one-page non-confidential executive summary of your technology.

Event Agenda

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Registration Opens & Introductions

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Presentation / Q&A

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Start-Up Resources Panel

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.: 1-on-1 meetings for companies Pre-selected by NCI or NCATS

Speakers Profile

Kory Hallett, Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute

Kory Hallett is a Program Director in the Small Business Innovation Research Development Center at the National Cancer Institute. Kory manages program evaluation for the Development Center and serves as a program officer for SBIR and STTR grants in the areas of immunology, immunotherapy, and monoclonal antibody technology. She also participates in the Center's many initiatives to support the development of innovative cancer technologies. Kory initially joined the NCI SBIR Development Center in 2014 as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Kory received her doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2009 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked in a translational lab researching monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for pediatric neuroblastoma.

Lili Portilla, Director of Strategic Alliances, Office of Strategic Alliances, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Lili Portilla has worked in the area of strategic alliances and technology transfer at NIH since 1989, joining NCATS in December 2011. She oversees the Center’s partnership, strategic alliance and technology transfer functions as well as NCATS’ Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Before coming to NCATS, Portilla served as senior advisor to the director of the National Center for Research Resources and as the director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Development at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Portilla is an ex officio board member of the National Academy of Sciences’ University-Industry Demonstration Partnership and a board member of the University of Kansas Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation.

Portilla received a master’s degree in public administration in 1992 from American University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1986 from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she majored in finance and Spanish literature.

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