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Peer Learning and Networking Webinar Series

The NCI SBIR Peer Learning and Networking (PLAN) Webinar Series provide an interactive forum for SBIR/STTR applicants and awardees to hear best practices from peers who have been successful within the Program. Each participating company shares expertise on a webinar topic and discusses the technology areas in which they hope to collaborate with other companies.


Part I. Presentation

Watch pre-recorded panelist presentation on the PLAN webpage prior to joining the webinar and write down your questions.

Part II. Panel Session

Attend real-time panel session and ask your questions to the panelist and/or the moderating NCI SBIR program director.



Upcoming Panel Session

NCI SBIR PLAN Webinar Series: First Steps for Starting a Small Business

Panel session date: Friday, January 27, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

In the next PLAN webinar, prior SBIR/STTR awardees with a variety of cancer technology products will explain how they tackled challenging issues related to starting a small business.

The PLAN Webinar-First Steps for Starting a Small Business content will cover:

  • Key steps to get your small business started;
  • Entrepreneurial roadblocks;
  • Transitioning from academia to industry;
  • Financial tools;
  • Entrepreneurial resources;
  • IP protection;
  • Types of commercial entities;
  • Getting help from the University; and
  • Financial strategies. 

First Steps for Starting a Small Business Panel Session 

Friday, January 27 at 1:00pm ET

Register here


Panelist Presentations

Please find advice videos from each panelist below and register for the follow up Q&A panel session on Friday, January 27 at 1:00pm ET.

Therapeutics - BIOMass

Watch video if interested in:

  • Reasons for starting a small business
  • Utilizing external resources to build your business team
  • Corporate structure considerations
  • Resources for accounting, data storage/archiving, and cap tables
  • Non-dilutive and dilutive funding resources


Therapeutics - Nanocan

Watch video if interested in:

  • Entrepreneurial vision
  • Licensing a university technology
  • Corporate structure considerations
  • Non-dilutive funding & raising private capital
  • Assembling a business team


Therapeutics - Tezcat Biosciences

Watch video if interested in:

  • Transitioning from Academia to business
  • IP/licensing
  • Prioritizing key experiments
  • Helpful resources (networking events, classes, accelerator programs)


Medical Devices - SimBioSys

Watch video if interested in:

  • Reasons for starting a small business
  • Transitioning from academia to business
  • Helpful resources (non-dilutive funding, entrepreneurial training, accelerators)
  • Risk benefit frameworks for starting a small business
  • Clinical partnerships


To access content from previous PLAN series, click on the link below:


Be on the lookout for upcoming topics, including:

  • Keys to a Successful IND Submission
  • Spotlight Video: CARE Success Stories
  • Spotlight Video: Small Business Transition Grant (SBTG)

If you have topic suggestions for the PLAN series, please email us at


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