CTSC hosts "SBIR/STTR Grants and Angel Funding" Event

Funding for technology and innovation is more challenging in today's economic environment than ever before. To address the challenge, the Clinical and Translational Science Center brought together experts to talk about current funding opportunities and strategies for success. Eighty researchers gathered at Weill Cornell Medical College on February 27, 2009, to find out about the federally funded Small Business Innovation Grants (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. NIH SBIR/STTR Program Officer Rosemarie Filart presented an overview and specific information about the newly revised guidelines, followed by senior representatives from agencies representing both the City and State of New York. David S. Rose, Chairman of the New York Angels, generated considerable interest and audience participation with his presentation on "How to Pitch to an Angel Investor".

Speaker Robert Gilmour, PhD of Cornell University began a collaboration that resulted in multiple SBIR awards over a number of years when a former graduate student went to work for Gene Network Sciences. Dr. Neil Bander (BZL Biologics) and Dr. Nicholas Schiff (IntElect Medical) of Weill Cornell Medical College spoke about their very different paths to funding and commercialization of their innovative technologies. Both credited the CTSC's inpatient and outpatient units and services for conducting clinical research with playing a critical role in moving their research forward enough to generate interest among investors and pharmaceutical companies.

Julianne Imperato-McGinley, MD and Director of the CTSC welcomed attendees, and Brian Kelly, PhD of the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization, co-hosted and moderated the event. He was joined by technology transfer leaders from the Hunter College Enterprise Office, Hospital for Special Surgery's Office of Technology Development, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Office of Industrial Affairs.

Speaker Organization Presentation
Franklin Madison, Technology Program Director Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation(ITAC) ITAC and NYSTAR resources
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Rosemarie Filart, NIH NCRR DCRR SBIR STTR Program Officer National Institutes of Health (NIH) & National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) SBIR/STTR Overview
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Lenzie Harcum, Vice President, Biosciences New York City Economic Development Corporation Biosciences in NYC
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David S. Rose, Chairman New York Angels, Inc. Pitch to an Angel Investor
Robert Gilmour, PhD Cornell University Gene Network Sciences
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