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ASBTDC To Present Life-Sciences Commercialization Webinar Series


JONESBORO — A series of live webinars for university life-sciences researchers and entrepreneurs who wish to explore commercialization options will be presented Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 7-March 14, by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC).

The webinars will begin at 10 a.m. Each webinar will last one hour followed by a 30-minute question and answer session. The series is free; however, registration is required. To register, access asbtdc.org/asbtdc-plans-webinars-for-life-sciences-ventures.

Experts with expertise in federal funding programs, biotechnology and technology transfer and the Food and Drug Administration will discuss tips for developing winning National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research proposal applications, identify steps for developing a university spinoff company, and learn about the process for preparing successful Food and Drug Administration applications.

Presenters include Rob Vinson, program manager for the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR Program; Tony Cruz, chief executive officer of SFC Fluidics, an Arkansas-based company that has won multiple NIH SBIR grants; Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, CEO and founder of bioPrime, LLC and former NIH SBIR/STTR program manager; and Dr. Nancy Gray, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Bio Ventures.

Also, Jeff Skiba, professional medical device and business consultant with over 28 years of experience in medical device development and commercialization of first-to-market concepts, will be on hand to present a four-part series Food and Drug Administration approval processes.

The group will share commercialization opportunities and useful tips for biotech and other life-science-based ventures. The guest experts will discuss federal guidelines for developing winning National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research proposal applications, identifying steps for developing a university spinoff company and working efficiently with technology transfer offices.

The ASBTDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business and Arkansas State University College of Business. The ASBTDC assists start-ups, existing businesses and technology businesses. Core services include free consulting and market research plus low to no cost training. Learn more at www.asbtdc.org.

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