September 5, 2017
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Small Business R&D Funding Seminar to be Presented by NJSBDC at CCIT

NIH and NSF SBIR/STTR representatives available for 1:1 meetings

Early-stage technology and biotechnology companies seeking research and development (R&D) funding are encouraged to learn about federal funding opportunities at an upcoming seminar offered by the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) on Friday, September 15. The program will be held at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) in North Brunswick. CCIT, one of the more significant incubation facilities in the nation dedicated to life sciences and biotechnology companies, is located at the Technology Centre of New Jersey, a 75-acre life sciences research park in the heart of New Jersey’s Research Corridor.

This seminar will provide participants with an overview of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, presented by representatives of the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the two largest institutes of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program will also include a presentation by Oncoceutics, Inc. which is successfully leveraging SBIR funding to build its business, followed by a networking lunch and 1-to-1 conversations with NCI and NIAID representatives in the afternoon.
Scheduled speakers include:

  • Todd Haim, Ph.D., Program Director, NCI SBIR Development Center
  • Natalia Kruchinin, Ph.D., SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator, NIAID
  • Michael Minnicozzi, Ph.D., Program Officer, NIAID
  • Randy Harmon, NJSBDC Technology Commercialization Consultant
  • Lee Schalop, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Oncoceutics, Inc.
  • Anthony Faugno, Certified Public Accountant, Partner, EisnerAmper
  • Vincent Smeraglia, Executive Director, Rutgers Office of Research Commercialization

CCIT Manager Lenzie Harcum noted that eleven federal agencies, including the NIH and NSF, are obligated to commit approximately three percent of their annual extramural R&D budget to support entrepreneurs and small businesses undertaking research. This commitment translates to approximately $2.5 billion annually in competitive grants to fund small businesses.

After registering, a representative of each company wishing to meet 1-on-1 with program participants should email by September 11 and include a one-page overview of its technology, highlighting the specific objectives any approved SBIR and/or STTR funding would support.
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