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June 2017 - In This Issue:

The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to: small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Director, Technology Development and Commercialization

SBIR/STTR  Specialist
& Newsletter Editor

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Eastern NC

Technology Commercialization Counselor
North Central NC

National sbir conference wrap-up
On May 15 through the 17th, several members of the Technology Development and Commercialization team attended the SBIR National Conference near Washington DC.  The conference offered many exciting presentations and one-on-one meetings with federal agency SBIR/STTR program managers.  

The conference staff has made available electronic copies of most of the presentations that were delivered.  Access them at: https://www.sbir.gov/nationalconference.

Solicitations open this summer are available at: https://www.sbir.gov/solicitation-listing/open.

Finally, a number of online tutorials have been developed by the organizing committee and are accessible via  https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials.

Start with the End in Mind
By John Ujvari, SBIR Program Specialist, NC SBTDC
With summer right around the corner, vacation is on most of our minds.  Let's use the idea of vacation planning and how that relates to developing an SBIR/STTR proposal.  When the first day of vacation finally arrives, you are excited to hop in the car or catch a flight.  Do you know where you are headed?  Is it the beach, the mountains, the jungle or perhaps a tropical island?  Of course you do.  If you are driving, you looked up directions and know how long of a drive it is.  If you are flying, you have purchased tickets and made sure your connecting flights match.  Would you take a vacation and just hop in the car or catch a flight not knowing where you are going to go?  For most of us, the answer is "no", although I must say that an unknown destination is somewhat intriguing.   You know that once you arrive, you have accommodations set up and you have thought about the various things you will do to fill your days.  

How can this possibly relate to SBIR/STTR?  It has to do with starting your journey to SBIR/STTR-land with a clear destination in mind.  The destination being the product / service that results from the research you carry out in Phase 1 and 2.  The federal agency that you apply to, in their proposal review process, wants to be sure that they are funding your business to get to a particular destination.  That particular destination, or "The End" as I like to say, has to be a product or a service that fulfills the mission of the agency and has a significant market need.  You must show the reviewers that the funding that they provide will be impactful in carrying out the research and product development.  

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STTR Awardee Highlight: 
Clinical Sensors Awarded Over $1.5M in NIH Grants to Advance Nitric Oxide Diagnostic for Sepsis
By Barry Teater, NCBiotech Writer
Clinical Sensors Inc.,   a small diagnostic device company in Research Triangle Park, has won two grants totaling more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the development of its point-of-care device that measures a patient's blood nitric oxide level within a few seconds.
Early and rapid recognition of nitric oxide is critical to life-saving care for sepsis, a life-threatening illness commonly known as "blood poisoning," caused by the body's overwhelming response to infection.
"These two awards will help us demonstrate the clinical impact of our technology, which is designed to directly measure nitric oxide and related metabolites from biological fluids," said Philippe Chemla, Ph.D., CEO of Clinical Sensors. "Our device requires a single blood sample at bedside to quickly deliver this information."

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