SBIR: Ask the Experts – Tucson

Date(s) - 20 Aug 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.


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Learn the secrets to obtaining SBIR and STTR grants directly from SBIR experts at the National Institutes of Health.

The morning is a general session will cover the ins and outs of the SBIR/STTR process. In the afternoon, NIH experts will conduct one-on-one sessions with past and prospective applicants designed to improve their applications.

Events will be  held at Ventana in Oro Valley (Tucson) on  August 20, 2014  and at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix on August 21, 2014.

Only $25 for AZBio members,  $40 for non-members and $10 for full-time students, which includes lunch.


Date:  August 20, 2014 

Ventana Medical Systems, a member of the Roche Group

Ventana Medical Systems, a member of the Roche Group
1910 East Innovation Park Drive Oro Valley, Arizona

Location:  Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

1910 E Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755

(Free Parking is available in the employee lot behind the building.)


 8:30 am Networking and Registration

9:00 am  Agency Presentations on areas of focus

10:00 am The Road to Success – Panel discussion

11:00 am  Post Award Activities – What to Expect

11:30 am  Presentations conclude

Ventana Tour

12:00 pm   Lunch Keynote – Redefining Early Stage Investments

Boston based Life Science Nation will be coming to Arizona for the first time to provide insight on the investment landscape and effective strategies to market your company to investors.  LSN is the premier sourcing platform for market intelligence and prospect pipeline development in the life science arena.

About the speaker:  Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation

Dennis will be available to speak with attendees one-on-one during the SBIR Interview sessions.  To request a one on one with Dennis please indicate on your registration.  

1:00  One-On-One Interviews begin

3:00   Program Concludes


For Registration and  One-on-One Application please click here.

Note:  Advance Applications are REQUIRED if you would like a 15 minute one-on-one discussion with one of our attending SBIR Program Managers.

One-on-One meetings will be selected and scheduled at the discretion of the attending program managers for the location/date you selected between the hours of 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm.  AZBio staff will notify you of your meeting time in early August.


Invited SBIR Program Managers


For information on the August 21st session in Phoenix, please click here.

About the SBIR and STTR programs

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a set-aside program (2.8% of an agency’s extramural budget in FY2014) for domestic small business concerns to engage in Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Federal agencies with extramural research and development budgets over $100 million are required to administer SBIR programs using an annual set-aside of 2.8% (FY2014) for small companies to conduct innovative research or research and development (R/R&D) that has potential for commercialization and public benefit.

Currently, eleven Federal agencies participate in the SBIR program: the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agriculture (USDA), Commerce (DOC), Defense (DOD), Education (DoED), Energy (DOE), Homeland Security (DHS), and Transportation (DOT); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Under SBIR Program, the Principal Investigator must have his/her primary employment with the small business concern at the time of award and for the duration of the project period

To date, over $16 billion has been awarded by the SBIR program to various small businesses.

STTR Program id specific to collaborations with small businesses and requires research partners at universities and other non-profit research institutions to have a formal collaborative relationship with the small business concern. At least 40 percent of the STTR research project is to be conducted by the small business concern and at least 30 percent of the work is to be conducted by the single, “partnering” research institution.

Click here for a detailed SBIR description