The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is hosting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 16th Annual SBIR/STTR Conference in Albuquerque October 21-23 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE.

The NIH Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) conference helps small businesses in the life science sector learn more about the approximate $700 million dollars of annual NIH funding available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses based on recently developed biotechnology. This is the first time the conference will be hosted by the UNM Health Sciences Center and only the third time the conference will be held outside of NIH headquarters in Bethesda, MD.

National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs encourage collaborations between academic researchers and the private sector, promoting transformative medical therapies and health care delivery innovations to advance health sciences through tangible products and services.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the Health Sciences Center’s diverse and thriving research enterprise and partnerships with our state’s growing technology sector,” says Dr. Richard Larson, executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for research for the UNM Health Sciences Center. 

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Registration is now open for conference sessions and workshops that will include:

  • SBIR/STTR application submission, review and award processes
  • FDA regulatory requirements
  • Intellectual property management
  • Small business innovation to address health disparities and rural health care access
  • Advancing to Phase II and Phase III
  • and more

Presentations and workshops will be led by NIH directors and administrators, federal experts in regulatory issues, successful SBIR/STTR awardees, and internationally renowned small business executives. There also will be a “Pitch Fiesta” networking session and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with NIH officials for researchers interested in finding commercial partners and/or starting their own small business.

To register, visit our website. For more information, contact Andra Kiscaden, at AKiscaden@salud.unm.edu.