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SBIR Road Tour: Hear from Arkansas Winners, Resource Providers

April 6th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

(Last in a series)

After you’ve met with SBIR agency representatives the morning of the April 19 SBIR Road Tour, you’ll want to stick around for the afternoon session featuring SBIR winners from Arkansas as well as statewide funding and support organizations.

The first panel on our afternoon agenda, “From the Trenches: Victory and Defeat, Stories of SBIR/STTR Success and Failure,” will include representatives of three SBIR-winning companies – Alan Toland of Synanomet, Dr. Matt Francis of Ozark Integrated Circuits, and Dr. Elizabeth Hood of Infinite Enzymes.

These company leaders will share how they got their start in the SBIR program, tips for success, and lessons learned. They will also take questions from the audience.

Infinite Enzymes of Jonesboro just received a Phase I award from USDA. Ozark IC, based in Fayetteville, has won multiple SBIR awards, most recently a Phase II award from NASA. Little Rock-based Synanomet received Phase I and II awards from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The next session, “Arkansas Tech-Based Funding,” will feature Dr. Steve Stanley and Brad Henry.

Stanley, senior manager for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Science and Technology and interim Arkansas EPSCoR director, will speak about opportunities for innovative Arkansas small businesses to explore AEDC’s commercialization programs.

Henry, vice president of Development Finance for the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, will share information about ADFA programs such as the Arkansas Risk Capital Matching Fund that offer supplemental funding to support and grow technology-based Arkansas companies.

Rounding out the afternoon is “Jedi Mind Tricks: Secrets to Working with Tech Transfer.” The two presenters will be Dr. Nancy Gray, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures, and Glediana Rexha of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s TechLaunch office.

Gray and Rexha will each share how their technology transfer offices work to support entrepreneurial university researchers and entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t done so already, register today to save your spot for the April 19 SBIR Road Tour. You’ll be glad you joined us!