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16th Annual USPTO Independent Inventors Conference – Alexandria, VA
August 15–16, 2014
USPTO Headquarters
Madison Buildings (East & West)
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Attendees at the 16th Annual USPTO Independent Inventors Conference will be able to choose from a variety of panels and breakout sessions that address specific intellectual property topics relevant to the modern inventor and small business owner. These sessions include hands-on workshops on patent and trademark application filing, prior art searching, and recent changes in legislation that affect business owners and inventors, among many other topics.

In addition, representatives from government, legal, and business development entities will discuss commercial best practices and the various resources offered by their organizations. Each attendee will have an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with a USPTO expert or IP professional of his or her choice, as well as hear keynote addresses from major figures in the entrepreneurial world, including Woody Norris, a successful serial inventor holding over 50 patents and the recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize in 2005.

To register for the conference or to view the current conference agenda, please visit the conference website.

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SBIR: Ask the Experts – Tucson, AZ
August 20, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
1910 E. Innovation Park Drive
Oro Valley, Arizona 85755

NCI SBIR Development Center Program Director, Todd Haim, will lead a segment of the NIH SBIR & STTR grants Meet the Experts session, focusing on how the NCI SBIR & STTR programs can help your small business take steps towards commercialization. Todd Haim will also be joined by experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Science Foundation.

Opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Todd Haim will be available for selected companies following the presentation. Companies interested in applying for a one-on-one meeting are required to submit an application upon registering for the event.

Registration is required for this event. Please view the website for more information and to register for the event.

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SBIR: Ask the Experts – Phoenix, AZ
August 21, 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Flinn Foundation
1802 North Central
Phoenix, AZ 85004

NCI SBIR Development Center Program Director, Todd Haim, will lead a segment of the NIH SBIR & STTR grants Meet the Experts session, focusing on how the NCI SBIR & STTR programs can help your small business take steps towards commercialization. Todd Haim will also be joined by experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Science Foundation.

Opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Todd Haim will be available for selected companies following the presentation. Companies interested in applying for a one-on-one meeting are required to submit an application upon registering for the event.

Registration is required for this event. Please view the website for more information and to register for the event.

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Advancing the Commercialization of New Cancer Innovations – Birmingham, AL
August 27, 2014
Innovation Depot – Training Room
12:00 – 1:00 pm
1500 1st Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203

NCI SBIR Development Center Program Director Ming Zhao will be presenting on the SBIR & STTR Programs in an upcoming lecture at Innovation Depot. This session will provide an overview of SBIR & STTR eligibility requirements, NIH SBIR/STTR process and new cancer-focused grant funding opportunities from NCI. This presentation will also cover new NCI SBIR & STTR initiatives, as well as practical strategies and tips on how to successfully submit competitive research proposals.

Registration is free, but space is limited. To learn more and register, please visit the event page.

Opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Ming Zhao are available for attendees. If interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting, please contact Jennifer Croker, PhD at jcroker@uab.edu before Friday, August 22.

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2014 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference – Albuquerque, NM
October 21–23, 2014
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
2600 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

The 16th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held from October 21 — 23 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. The NIH SBIR/STTR conference helps small businesses in the life science sector learn more about the approximate $700 million dollars of annual NIH funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses based on recently developed biotechnology.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand NIH SBIR/STTR program and funding opportunities
  • Learn about the NIH application, review, and award process
  • Take advantage of one-on-one and networking opportunities
  • Learn about other agencies' SBIR/STTR programs
  • Discuss with the NIH, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration opportunities for small business to pursue research opportunities that have the potential to turn into products and services that could improve the health of Americans

Register early to save! Early-bird registration rates of $350 are available until August 22, 2014.

The agenda, registration and other conference information are available at the conference website: http://sbir2014.com/.

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2014 SBIR Investor Forum
November 13, 2014
Agilent Technologies
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95051

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center will host the day-long 2014 NCI SBIR Investor Forum on November 13, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. Join top SBIR-funded companies and nearly 200 investors, venture capitalists, and strategic partners for a day of networking and presentations from the top SBIR-funded companies with innovative cancer-related technologies on the brink of commercialization.

Check back for more information!