Preparing the current and next generation of biomedical entrepreneurs is the focus of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Entrepreneurs and others can learn more at the NIH Multi-Institutes and Centers Small Business Workshop sponsored by UT System, UTSA and UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The workshop is Sept. 7-8 at UTSA.
Increasing private-sector commercialization of innovations that come out of federal research and development (R&D) is a goal of the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (a collaboration of the Health Science Center and UTSA) and promotes the city and county’s efforts in building the $30.6 billion health care and bioscience industry in San Antonio.
The two-day workshop will cover the NIH key funding areas for stimulating technological innovation, as well as the nuts and bolts of launching a successful life sciences startup company and securing private funding from angel investors and venture capital firms. Representatives from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering will participate.
“Fostering entrepreneurship and strengthening public/private collaboration was identified as a Quantum Leap strategic goal by the UT System chancellor. In addition, the Health Science Center and UTSA have a steadfast commitment to leveraging their research strengths to spur economic development in San Antonio,” said Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D., vice president for research at UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
“We are very pleased that the NIH is bringing this workshop to our campus. This is a great opportunity for the San Antonio biomedical community, especially for those with an entrepreneurial bent or who are simply curious about the process. Attendees can speak with commercialization representatives from the federal agencies and UT System about the available opportunities to bring their research to market,” said Cory Hallam, Ph.D., chief commercialization officer, UTSA.
There is no registration fee for the workshop, but seating is limited. For more information, visit www.utsalsi.org/events.