Hershey Center for Applied Research to Hold Its First Workshop to Assist Entrepreneurs and Researchers

Over 70 registered attendees to be trained on preparing proposals for the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research program

Sept. 5, 2007, Hershey, PA – The Hershey Center for Applied Research announced today that it will hold its first-ever workshop designed to assist life sciences and high technology entrepreneurs and researchers in the Hershey area and beyond. The two-day workshop, taking place Sept. 6-7, is supported by a grant from the Innovation Partnership, a program administered by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners designed to help strengthen applications to the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

"The Hershey Center for Applied Research is committed to helping to build a robust pipeline of high technology companies in the region by providing tools that help to navigate the commercialization process," said Laura Butcher, Executive Director of the research park. "This workshop is the first of many events that will take place at the park that will be focused on promoting entrepreneurialism and innovation."

The two-day modular training is primarily targeted to life science entrepreneurs who are committed to preparing a proposal for the Dec. 5, 2007 National Institutes of Health (NIH) submission deadline, and also for those who are considering preparing a proposal to the NIH, National Science Foundation or the Department of Defense within six to twelve months of the training. The workshop will focus on strategic planning, proposal development and submission, preparing a commercialization plan, and post award administration. Lisa Kurek, Managing Partner of Michigan-based Biotechnology Business Consultants, LLC, will lead the training. All participants will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR program manager on Sept. 6. A reception will be later that day where attendees will have an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs who have already successfully applied to the programs.

The SBIR program is coordinated by the United States Small Business Administration, in which a portion of the extramural research budgets of several government agencies are reserved for contracts and grants to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The goal of the program is to assist small businesses by providing competitive opportunities while stimulating innovation. The STTR program uses a similar approach to the SBIR program to expand public/private sector partnerships between small businesses and nonprofit U.S. research institutions.

 
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