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December 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

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Western NC

Annual SBIR Symposium a Success
The SBTDC's Annual SBIR Symposium held on December 4th at the RTP Foundation drew over 130 attendees.  

The goal of this year's symposium was to offer insight into agencies that North Carolina small businesses, historically, have not considered popular funding sources.  The information in the article below provides an overview of funding activity by agency in NC between 2010 and 2015.    

Eight federal SBIR program managers representing various branches within DoD, EPA, DoE and NASA provided presentations about their specific programs and topics of interest, and offered one-on-one meetings with attendees.    

Thank you to our sponsors: UNC Innovate Carolina and UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development.   

Additional photos from the event here
North Carolina vs. National Distribution of SBIR Awards
By: John Ujvari, SBTDC
In planning for this year's SBIR symposium, we analyzed SBIR award data from 2010 to 2015. The charts below demonstrate the percent of awards made by each agency compared to the total award dollars in North Carolina vs. nationally.  Three significant points of interest emerged from this analysis:  First, 61% of all SBIR awards recipients in North Carolina are from NIH, although the NIH accounts for only 31% of the total SBIR budget across all agencies.  Second, only 22% of awards received in North Carolina come from DoD, while it accounts for 43% of the national budget.  Third, NASA accounts for less than 1% of NC awards vs 7% nationally.    

It comes as no surprise that North Carolina's significant focus in the life sciences has led small businesses to submit more SBIR proposals to NIH than any other agency.  Conversely, North Carolina small businesses are not submitting a fair share of proposals to both DoD and NASA.  These two agencies account for $1.1 billion of funding this year alone.  
The take away message is that both life science and non-life science small businesses should look closely at areas of interest (solicitiations) at these under-represented agencies.   If you find a fit, the SBTDC is here to work with you to guide you through proposal development process.

North Carolina SBIR/STTR Award Distribution

National SBIR/STTR Award Distribution

Looking forward to 2018
2017 was a busy year for the SBTDC's tech team.  Highlights include:
  • 340 clients advised
  • 20 students mentored
  • $31M dollars awarded to clients that attributed SBTDCs services as being relevant to receipt of the award
  • 102 jobs created and retained 
In 2018 we will open registration for a variety of training sessions focused on topics to guide you through from SBIR to commercialization.  

We look forward to an exciting year ahead!    
Keply BioSystems Selected to Present in DC
By: Chris Veal, SBTDC
The Tech Commercialization Team congratulates Anthony Dellinger and his team at Kepley BioSystems for being among ten companies selected from a nationwide pool to present at the ASBDC Client Showcase in Washington, DC. 

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SBIR/STTR Submission Deadlines
January 5
January 31 

February 7
Larger Than Life Science:  History In The Making
January 4
Durham, NC

CED Life Science Conference
February 27-28
Raleigh, NC

6th Annual Crop, Animal and Food Tech Showcase 
April 24-25
Durham, NC

Technology Commercialization Program

5 West Hargett St., Suite 600 Raleigh, NC 27601