2016 SBIR-STTR Gulf Coast Conference

April 4, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
New Orleans Bio Innovation Center
1440 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
Joe Graben
(228) 688-2280

2016 SBIR-STTR Gulf Coast Conference

The federal government offers non-dilutive technology funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR has been called the “largest seed fund in the U.S” and a key driver of innovation in technology-oriented small businesses – over $2.5 billion in grants and contracts annually. This event will educate innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers on these programs, and nearly a dozen or more SBIR-STTR federal program representatives will be in attendance and available for one-on-one meetings (reserved in advance) with companies and individuals.

This event is hosted by the Louisiana and Mississippi FAST programs and LaunchPad Alabama (providing SBIR/STTR support assistance) with additional support from the MIST Cluster, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC), and Tulane University.


Mon. April 4 (8:30-4:30pm)

Specialized SBIR-STTR workshops at the BioInnovation Center conducted by Jim Greenwood – Greenwood Consulting, a national SBIR consulting firm.

Tue. April 5 (8:30-4:30pm) and Wed. April 6 (8:30-12:30pm)

Main conference sessions at the Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will include presentations on IP/Data Rights/Patents, SBIR program overviews by each federal agency, and panels by large industry and successful SBIR winners on tips for success.


New Orleans Bio Innovation Center and the Tulane Tidewater Building – 1440 and 1441 Canal Street – New Orleans, LA 70112

For more information and to register, click HERE

For more information on the federal SBIR/STTR programs visit: www.sbir.gov

Confirmed federal agency attendees:

Scott Dockum – SBIR Program Coordinator, USDA/NIFA

Mary Clague – NIST SBIR Program Manager

Cynthia Bryant – Technical Advisor, AF SBIR/STTR Program Office

Elizabeth Cherney – Operations Manager, DoD/Navy SBIR/STTR Program Office


Rob Vinson – Program Manager NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office of Extramural Programs/Research

Glenn Larsen – NSF Program Director

Murali Nair – NSF Program Director

Hope Shimabuku – Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

Vince Garcia – NOAA SBIR Program Manager

Lisa Sobolewski – DHS SBIR Program Director

Thomas Stanley – NASA SBIR Technology Infusion Manager (TIM), Stennis Space Center (SSC)

Reason to attend:

SBIR Agency Panel on how to avoid the Most Common Application Mistakes

Success Panel featuring some of the most successful SBIR Firms within the region

Opportunities to engage and meet with large DoD Prime Contractors, including Lockheed Martin and Huntington Ingalls