April 2020
SHARPhub helps life science innovators start and grow companies
The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub (SHARPhub) was created to fast-track early stage life science technologies into startup companies from the central IDeA states — Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota.

We offer training, networking, and mentorship to help academic entrepreneurs start companies to commercialize their life science technologies.

SBIR/STTR COVID-19 R&D Funding Alert
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a situation where agencies are often forced to change requirements by the hour because of new information about the state of the virus.

For example, some Institutes/Centers at NIH will currently allow existing grants to be altered to include COVID-19 or for the focus of a grant to be changed to COVID-19. But this can change as quickly as it's announced.

To avoid confusion that could affect your ability to get funding from any SBIR/STTR agency, we recommend contacting SHARPhub and let us assist you with finding the right information, asking the right questions, and making the right decisions.

More information on SBIR/STTR solicitations that may contain life science opportunities relevant to your company is available here.
News from the SHARPhub Region
UNMC/NE Medicine pioneering method to reuse PPE

Nebraska Medicine has developed a safe and effective method to decontaminate single-use personal protective equipment, or PPE, so they can be used multiple times. A team led by John Lowe, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center assistant...

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SHARPhub helps bring biotech to market at KUMC

When A. J. Mellott, Ph.D., was earning his doctoral degree in bioengineering at the University of Kansas, he never expected that once he started his career as a researcher in academia he would need to market a...

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SHARPhub by the numbers
Since its inception, SHARPhub has helped move life science projects forward toward commercialization. The following are accomplishments in the first 18 months of the program.
Engebretson named VP for research at USD

Daniel Engebretson, Ph.D., was named the vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of South Dakota in December. In his new role, Engebretson looks forward to expanding the number of research...

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It's time to move your research a step closer to commercialization.
SBIR/STTR Webinars

SHARPhub provides access to BBCetc's SBIR/STTR Pursuit virtual classroom which covers a variety of SBIR/STTR topics, and now includes a series of short single-topic webinars called Tips at a Clip. View all life science selections on our website.

This month's recommended webinar:

Upcoming Training and Events

How to Prepare Your NIH SBIR Proposal and Commercialization Plan

Brought to you by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. This webinar was originally scheduled as part of NIAD’s annual SBIR conference. It is a two-part interactive classroom-style webinar that will cover the basics of Phase I and Phase II NIH proposal preparation.

A bout SHARPhub
SHARPhub is the result of a 2018 FastTrack STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grant awarded to BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) by the National Institutes of Health. A significant part of SHARPhub’s focus is helping startups develop competitive SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant applications to provide seed capital to fund Research and Development at startup companies.

Contact us:   www.sharpideahub.com / (734) 212-2335 / marisol@bbcetc.com