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TRECS Workshop 2018


NCI SBIR Workshop on
Translational Resources to Expedite Commercialization Success

May 22-23, 2018
Rockville, MD

Event Overview     |     Agenda & Speakers     |     Accommodation


Event Overview

The National Cancer Institute's Small Business Innovation Research (NCI SBIR) Development Center will be hosting a workshop on Translational Resources to Expedite Commercialization Success (TRECS) on May 22-23, 2018 at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County campus in Rockville, MD. The workshop will provide SBIR- and STTR-funded companies an opportunity to learn how to utilize various federal and non-federal resources to advance commercialization. This year, we have invited speakers and panelists from a wide range of federal and private organizations including the FDA, CMS, BARDA, and private reimbursement experts (see Agenda & Speakers for the full list of participating organizations). Attendees will get a chance to meet one-on-one with their respective program officers, as well as speakers of their choice. The one-on-one meeting spots with speakers are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please register early to secure your meeting.

One-on-one meetings are offered for each company, not each attendee.  

The TRECS Workshop is an exclusive event for all current NCI SBIR and STTR awardee companies (up to two attendees per company). Registration is complimentary; however, attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. If you have any questions regarding the TRECS Workshop, please send us an email at



Upon registration, you will be prompted to provide information about your company, technology, and other details. Make sure to put only non-confidential information as we are planning to put together a program book for distribution at the workshop.





Agenda & Speakers


DAY 1 (May 22, 2018)



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration (to be continued throughout the day)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome, NCI SBIR Program Update, and Peer-Learning Session

One-on-One Meetings with
Program Directors

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

New NIH Clinical Trial Policies

10:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

NIH Panel: Resources and Collaborative Programs at NIH (NExT/NCATS/NCI CCR/Frederick National Lab/Nano Characterization Lab)

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

One-minute Company Pitch - Session 1/2

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Media and Communications Boot Camp

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NIH Grant Review Process - Mock Review

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One-minute Company Pitch- Session 2/2

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Offsite Networking & Meet and Greet (Union Jack's)

Union Jack's 
9811 Washington Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


DAY 2 (May 23, 2018)



8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Check In & Introductions

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks - NCI Director

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Panel: Sources of non-NIH Federal Funding to Advance Your Technology (BARDA/CDMRP/NSF/DOE)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Effective Reimbursement Strategies - CMS and Private Payer

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

FDA Oncology Center of Excellence

11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Regulatory Strategies for Drug Development with FDA CDER

Regulatory Strategies for Diagnostics/Devices with FDA CDRH

Regulatory Strategies for Digital Health with FDA CDRH

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

One-on-One Meetings with Speakers

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Company Feedback Session with NCI SBIR Leadership – Open Mic

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Strategic Partnership and Investments Panel

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Brainstorm Breakout Sessions


Speakers and Panelists

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

Nano Characterization Lab (Frederick National Laboratory)

NCI Experimental Therapeutics (NExT)

NCI Office of Communications and Public Liason

NCI Media Relations Branch

NIH Center for Scientific Review

NCI Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)

National Science Foundation

Department of Energy

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (Department of Defense)

LARA Reimbursement Advisory

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

FDA Oncology Center of Excellence

FDA CDER drug regulation non-clinical 

FDA CDER drug regulation clinical 

FDA CDER imaging agents regulation

FDA CDRH imaging devices



Sands Capital Ventures

MPM Capital





Accommodation near the event venue are available at group price in the following facilities:

  • Residence Inn Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center ($189 Per Night including breakfast, 1.1 miles from Meeting Location)
    9721 Washingtonian Blvd
    Gaithersburg MD, 20878
  • Hilton Garden Inn Rockville ($219 Per Night, .7 miles from Meeting Location)
    14975 Shady Grove Road
    Rockville, MD 20850
  • Sheraton Rockville Hotel ($139 Per Night including breakfast, 2.3 Miles from Meeting Location, hotel shuttle available)
    920 King Farm Boulevard
    Rockville, MD 20850
  • Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center ($249 Per Night – walking distance to the meet and greet at Union Jacks, 1.6 miles from meeting location)
    204 Boardwalk Place
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Updated Date: 
May 30, 2018