Spokane well represented at NIH Conference

The 17th Annual National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Conference was held in Seattle Oct. 27-29th. This is the first time the state of Washington State snagged this major annual conference.
A group of Spokane collaborators joined together to help sponsor and participate in the event. They are Avista, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA), Ignite Northwest and Nuvodia. WSU Spokane will also participate in the milestone event. Also attending were Dr. Pat Tennican, Hyprotek and Mark Mansfield, The University District.

The NIH SBIR/STTR conference helps entrepreneurs in the health technology sector learn more about the $780 million of annual NIH funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses based on recently developed technology.

Attendees discovered how to successfully submit an application, received tips for approaching partners and investors, learned about the types of technical assistance programs NIH and partners offer to awardees and had the chance to discuss specific questions with the NIH SBIR/STTR experts representing every one of the 27 institutes.

Image: HSSA Board Member Dave Vachon meets with NIH personnel at its 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference in Seattle.