Close to 500 attendees are expected at this national conference that focuses on the NIH’s SBIR/STTR funding opportunities for small businesses seeking to commercialize health-related technologies. A committee representing several South Dakota universities and economic development groups worked together to attract the conference and is now, along with NIH, involved in planning and hosting the event.

“We appreciate the efforts of the South Dakota planning committee and are excited to be partnering with the University of South Dakota Research Park to hold this conference in Sioux Falls,” said Matthew Portnoy, NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator. “South Dakota and the surrounding states have growing medical industries and we look forward to sharing how NIH can partner with small businesses to bring new products and technologies to market.”

SBIR and STTR are programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration that provide research funding to small businesses interested in commercializing new technologies. The South Dakota SBIR office helps the state’s small businesses seek SBIR and STTR funding from various federal agencies for technological innovation and to foster university-private sector partnerships. “This is a great opportunity for regional business to gain first hand knowledge of the SBIR/STTR funding process,” added Gary Archamboult, state SBIR Director.

The NIH SBIR/STTR conference will include more than 40 breakout sessions covering topics ranging from to protecting intellectual property to creating university spinoff businesses. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with NIH program managers who oversee specific research areas such as cancer, diabetes, behavioral health and bioengineering.

“This is significant opportunity for South Dakota to highlight its growing medical research capacity and great economic climate to companies from across the United States,” said USD President James W. Abbott. “These are exactly the types of activities we want to foster and support through the USD Research Park.”

The final conference agenda is now being developed and registration for the conference will open in June. For more information about the conference, contact Gary Archamboult at (605) 367-5757 or Robert Vinson, Assistant Program Manager, NIH SBIR/STTR Programs, (301)435-2713.

This project will not be funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from NIH.

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