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Nov. 8, 2005

Entrepreneurial Ventures Group Presents Tech Transfer Program

The University of Iowa Entrepreneurial Ventures Group (EVG) will present a workshop Thursday, Nov. 10 on how small businesses can access government funds to commercialize technology and scientific research.

Kris Johansen will present "Accessing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Funding Programs" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sahai Conference Room (1110A) of the UI Medical Education and Research Facility. 

Johansen is SBIR/STTR program administrator at the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Iowa State University.  She has contributed to the preparation of multiple successful SBIR applications to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also participated in the presentation of technology and research to potential strategic partners. Johansen earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Missouri and will graduate in 2007 with her MBA from ISU.

SBIR is a highly competitive funding program used by the 10 largest federal agencies to fund small businesses that can meet the agencies' research and development interests. The program encourages small businesses to do the research and development and then commercialize the technology. STTR is a similar program, but it provides the small business entity with the ability to partner with a research institution like the UI. The National Institutes of Health, for example, allocates over $500 million per year to the SBIR/STTR program. 

The EVG is a new initiative coordinated by the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to promote faculty entrepreneurship and technology commercialization at the UI. EVG presentations are open to faculty, staff, and community members interested in education, networking, and supporting faculty entrepreneurship and technology commercialization activities. This interdisciplinary partnership includes the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Law, UI Research Foundation, and Office of the Vice President of Research.

The event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, contact Amber Nienow at JPEC or 319-335-0959.

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