An Initiative of BBCetc. September 2020
News from SHARPhub Companies
“Our goal is taking 3D cell culture research to the next level.”
When Nikki Cheng and Wei Fang, the two Ph.Ds who founded Fennik Life Sciences, were trying to create the company, they found themselves in the same position as many scientists trying to secure funding to take their innovation to market — they understood the science, but not how to create a business.

“My dream was to create a smarter, less expensive prosthetic and a better clinical experience.”
SHARPhub helped Innovative Prosthetics & Orthotics prepare a proposal to get funding through the federal government’s SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Resource) program. “Without SHARPhub, it really wouldn’t have been possible to apply for grant money because we simply didn’t have the resources,” said Dr. Rakesh Srivastava, founder of the company.

News from the SHARPhub Region
Sioux Falls biotech leader known for Omega-3 Index.

Dr. Bill Harris, the founder and president of Sioux Falls-based OmegaQuant, has been named to the Class of 2020 Fellows by the American Society of Nutrition.

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South Dakota's USD Discovery District

The USD Discovery District hasn't hit the pause button during the pandemic - instead, it has been actively focused on recruiting biotech companies, collaborating with industry, and addressing workforce needs.

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What can machines tell us about ourselves?

UND researcher Manu finding answers about cell identity and regeneration The idea of machines becoming indistinguishable from humans has been a storyline in science fiction movies for decades. But what if humans really do have something in common ...

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Ronawk cultivates funding round, fight against COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to wage war on the world, researchers in an Olathe-based lab are generating trillions of human cells that could be used to cure the ever-lingering virus. "It eliminates a lot of the work that's needed," A.J. Mellott,...

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University of Nebraska among world's top 100 institutions

For the third straight year, the University of Nebraska system is ranked among the top 100 academic institutions worldwide in earning U.S. patents.

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State Director for the ND Small Business Development Network

The University of North Dakota Nistler College of Business & Public Administration is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Tiffany Ford as the State Director for the North Dakota Small Business Development Network.

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SHARPhub Programs
Early-Stage funding
One on one consulting and proposal preparation tools are available from BBCetc to assist in the preparation and submission of SBIR/STTR proposals when you are ready to take this step.  Also, as part of the SHARPhub program, your company would have access to SBIR/STTR post-award assistance, including accounting, grants management, Phase II proposal development, etc. More information: SHARPhub Company Program
Mentoring, Assessment, and Planning (MAP) program
The MAP program's goal is to help SHARPhub companies develop a strong commercialization plan to put them on a stronger development path.  A consultant is assigned to the company to work together to develop a business plan to enable the likelihood of funding through an SBIR grant and/or equity provider application. More information:  MAP program
Online Startup School
This 8-segment program provides you with a tool to assess the commercialization potential of your technology/product, help you determine its long-term viability, discover shortcomings, and identify critical next steps to put you on a strong development path. The program is free to companies in SHARPhub states. Access Virtual Startup school
SHARPhub Training and Events
You are invited!!
Take advantage of these and other opportunities during the month of October. Please visit our webstie to register and to obtain additional information

  • Three opportunities for training coming up for SBIR/STTR: Understanding SBIR/STTRs (October 8th), How to write SBIR/STTR proposals (October 14th), and How to Write SBIR/STTR Commercialization plans (October 26th) 

  • Commercializing innovations in Alzheimer’s Research Through SBIR/STTR Funding with NIH - NIA Office of Small Business Research - (Oct 6th) 

  • SBIR/STTR Grant management series - Every Thursday in October from Noon to 1:00 pm (CDT) 

All of these events are available at no cost and open to innovators, researchers, and/or entrepreneurs interested in these topics. 
About 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.

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