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Don’t Miss SBIR Road Tour April 16 in Chattanooga

Want to tap into the country’s largest seed fund AND get help commercializing your research? Come to this event and get insider tips on writing an SBIR/STTR proposal that will get funded

The Small Business Innovation Research Road Tour rolls into Chattanooga April 16, and it’s a must-attend for researchers interested in commercializing technology.

This is the only time in 2018 that researchers in Tennessee will be able to get 1:1 access to federal and state program managers from SBIR/STTR. (Did you know this is the country’s largest seed fund? SBIR/STTR awarded $2.5 billion in 2017 alone.)

Meeting with these decision makers is key to submitting a strong proposal that’s more likely to get funded. You’ll get immediate feedback on your R&D ideas and learn how to align them with the program manager’s research portfolio.

A major bonus you won’t want to miss: You’ll hear from multi-SBIR award winner Don Close, founder of 490 BioTech, a life sciences company developing bioluminescent human cell lines that sent two experiments to the International Space Station via the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched this month.

Need more inspiration? Here are just a few of the top Tennessee companies that are using SBIR grants to accelerate research that’s changing the world. And many of these were started by students at campuses across the state.

  • SkyNano, Vanderbilt University/Oak Ridge National Lab: developing low cost manufacturing technique of high value carbon nanotubes, using only inexpensive materials, electricity, and carbon dioxide
  • iQuity, Vanderbilt University: applying machine learning to create algorithms that analyze blood samples – diagnosing autoimmune disease symptoms faster and treating them sooner
  • SweetBio, University of Memphis: revolutionizing wound care and healing with manuka honey
  • Grow Bioplastics, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Lab: helping farmers maintain higher yields and improving the quality of our soils
  • US Biologic, UT Health Science Center: designing approaches to break the transmission cycle of lyme disease
  • SimPath, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Lab: streamlining the drug discovery process with an outsourced synthetic DNA assembly service

Want to learn more about how to tap into this funding resource and get help commercializing your research? RSVP for the Road Tour today. We’ll see you April 16 in Chattanooga!

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Translating research from institutions and universities into the marketplace is key to a strong startup ecosystem. Launch Tennessee offers grant-writing supportfocused mentorship for life science and energy companies, an SBIR/STTR matching program and more to help researchers accelerate their commercialization efforts.

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