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 SBIR/STTR and the Commercialization Challenge

Room 120
The National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
(Attendees may also enter building via rear entrance at 2100 C Street, NW)
Washington, DC

April 12, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM




The workshop is being held under the auspices of the Academies’ study of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, led by Dr. Jacques Gansler, formerly Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. The event will offer an opportunity to describe agency initiatives to support the commercialization of SBIR and STTR technologies, explore challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and consider how to better track the outcomes of SBIR and STTR awards.

9:00 AMWelcome
Sujai Shivakumar, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 
9:05 AM

The Academies' Assessments of SBIR and STTR

9:35 AMPanel I: From Phase II to Phase III - Agency Perspectives
Moderator: Christina Gabriel, University Energy Partnership
11:00 AM

11:15 AM
Coffee Break

Policy Roundtable
Moderator: Pat Windham, Technology Policy International

  • Kevin Wheeler, Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Anish Goel, Senate Committee on Armed Services
11:45 AMPanel II: Commercializing University Research
Moderator:  Don Siegel, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Faculty Incentives for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization  
    Don Siegel, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Encouraging University Spin-outs (View Presentation)
    Jack Miner, University of Michigan
  • Launching Student Entrepreneurship
    Jennifer Watson, Tech Launch Arizona 
  • An Entrepreneur's Perspective (View Presentation)
    Brian Wamhoff, HemoShear Therapeutics
1:00 PMWorking Lunch
1:50 PMPanel III: Tracking SBIR/STTR Commercialization Outcomes
Moderator: John Walsh, Georgia Tech

  • Challenges in Tracking Commercialization Outcomes
    Robin Gaster, Innovation Competitions

  • SBA Efforts to Harmonize Data
    John Williams, Small Business Administration

  • Integrating Data Collection across Agencies (View Presentation)
    Ron Jarmin, Census Bureau
  • Improving Response Rates among Small Business Owners
    Mike Brick, Westat
3:15 PMCoffee Break
3:30 PMPanel IV: Launching New Entrepreneurs
Moderator: David Audretsch, Indiana University

  • Drivers of Entrepreneurship
    Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation
  • The Role of State Programs
     Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina
  • The I-Corps Experience
    Edmund Pendleton, DC I-Corps
  • The Larta Launchpad (View Presentation)
    Rohit Shukla, Larta Institute
  • An Entrepreneur's Perspective (View Presentation)
    Carol Politi, TRX Systems, Inc.
5:00 PMConcluding Remarks
Jacques Gansler, ARGIS Group and Committee Chair
5:15 PMAdjourn