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The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code an event that welcomes entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities, and community partners to Portland, Oregon.

SBIR/STTR are competitive federal government grant programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace.

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Concurrent Sessions [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 14
 

11:00am

TRACK 1: DEFENSE - Army, MDA, DARPA
In this session, these special branches of DOD that participate in the SBIR and STTR Programs will present information about their department, special programs, proposal submission details and procedures and current and upcoming solicitations.

Speakers

Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Three Sisters/Mt. Bachelor

11:00am

TRACK 2: CLEAN ENERGY
This panel will focus on success stories in energy-related SBIR technologies, special challenges faced by those small businesses in clean energy today, and some useful information on how companies can successfully meet these challenges. Panelists Hiroshi Morihara, HM3 Energy & Julia Song,Energy Storage Systems

Speakers
HM

Hiroshi Morihara

CEO, HM3 Energy


Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mt. Hood

11:00am

TRACK 3: MEDICAL/BIOSCIENCE
Mr McNannay will lead a panel discussion on trends in the bioscience arena, particularly medical devices and digitization of medical technology. Unique challenges facing a bioscience startup include regulatory and clinical testing hurdles. The panel will explore ways for a startup to address these challenges during development including in their SBIR proposal phase.

Speakers
DM

Dennis McNannay

Executive Director, Oregon Bioscience Association


Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mt. St. Helens

11:00am

TRACK 4: SBIR SKILLS
An overview of Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal requirements and key aspects of "getting ready to write" a competitive Phase I application. Also, protecting intellectual property under the SBIR/STTR Program.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Henry

Mark Henry

President, Grow Emerging Companies LLC
I have been involved in the SBIR program since its inception and have been providing SBIR training throughout the country since 1984. I am passionate about helping small, high-tech firms compete successfully for SBIR/STTR funding. Grow Emerging Companies works with clients nationwide... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Adams/Jefferson (In the Executive Meeting Center)

1:20pm

TRACK 1: PANEL DISCUSSION
Ms Myers will lead a roundtable discussion on SBIR and Diversity - current policies, outreach programs, and programs in place that focus on underserved communites. Members of the SBA, agencies and STEM specialists and other leaders in the diversity community will participate.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Myers

Cheryl Myers

Director, Economic and Business Equity, State of Oregon, Governor’s Office
Serving the underserved. A longtime business owner and community advocate, my role as a senior policy advisor on the Governor's cabiner is to advise and support minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses and falls squarely within my passion zone!


Wednesday November 14, 2012 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Three Sisters/Mt. Bachelor

1:20pm

TRACK 2: SPECIAL TOPIC
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers many different programs for inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses. This presentation will inform the audience about three of the newer programs that are aimed at providing valuable assistance in understanding their intellectual property protection needs, gaining access to legal assistance and moving their patent applications through the USPTO without delays.

Speakers
JC

John Calvert

US Patent and Trademark Office


Wednesday November 14, 2012 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Mt. Hood

1:20pm

TRACK 3: SBIR SKILLS - 1. Phase II Proposal Preparation
This will be an abbreviated Phase 2 proposal preparation overview. Topics to be covered include Phase 2 basics, critical differences among Phase 2 agencies, a recommended four step process for developing a competitive Phase 2 proposal, and an introduction to SBIR/STTR technology commercialization.

Speakers
JG

Jim Greenwood

President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc.


Wednesday November 14, 2012 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Adams/Jefferson (In the Executive Meeting Center)

1:20pm

TRACK 3: SBIR SKILLS - 2. Reviewing the Reviewers
SBIR/STTR applications are subjected to many types of reviewers and many types of reviews, depending on agency procedures and award mechanisms. The speaker will discuss those variations, lessons learned from 30 years of SBIR reviews, and methods of preparing for and selling to the various review audiences.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Henry

Mark Henry

President, Grow Emerging Companies LLC
I have been involved in the SBIR program since its inception and have been providing SBIR training throughout the country since 1984. I am passionate about helping small, high-tech firms compete successfully for SBIR/STTR funding. Grow Emerging Companies works with clients nationwide... Read More →


Wednesday November 14, 2012 1:20pm - 2:20pm
Adams/Jefferson (In the Executive Meeting Center)

2:30pm

TRACK 1: DEFENSE

In this session, these special branches of DOD that participate in the SBIR and STTR Programs will present information about their department, special programs, proposal submission details and procedures and current and upcoming solicitations.


Speakers
avatar for Ben Berry

Ben Berry

CEO, AirShip Technologies Group
I lead an aerospace design and manufacturing company for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that provide aircraft aerial geographic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to civil sector 1st Responders and the military. | | | | AirShipTG’s core competencies are... Read More →
LP

Larry Pollack

Chem-Bio Defense SBIR Program Manager, Joint Science & Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
JW

John Williams

US DOD – Navy


Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Three Sisters/Mt. Bachelor

2:30pm

TRACK 2: EDUCATION
The topic of game-based learning is gaining considerable attention as more and more young people are playing education-related games outside of school and more and more teachers are leveraging the power of games to engage students in school. Well-designed games can motivate students to actively engage in meaningful and challenging tasks, and through this process to learn content and sharpen critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. And with the advent of modern web-based delivery mechanisms (e.g., handheld personal digital assistants, tablet personal computers) games are now available to users anytime and anywhere. Thus, the momentum for games is likely to continue. This session will describe current and future SBIR funding opportunities for the research and development of commercially viable education technology games. Presenters: ED, Edward Metz, DARPA, Susan Nichols, NSF, Murali Nair & Glenn Larson, NIH, Matthew Portnoy

Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mt. Hood

2:30pm

TRACK 3: MEDICAL/BIOSCIENCE
Ms Fox will lead a moderated session on pharmaceutical technology and personalized medicine with presentations from these SBIR candidates.

Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mt. St. Helens

2:30pm

TRACK 4: SBIR SKILLS
SBIR Accounting Systems & Projecting Indirect Rates Fixed and direct costs are often easy to determine, but variable and indirect costs can be tricky and could undermine the fiscal success of your initiatives. This session will present useful and practical information on how to develop basic indirect cost rates. Learn why indirect cost rates are vital to a company's financial success and discover fundamental accounting system principles and practices that are critical to understand before you receive an award.

Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Adams/Jefferson (In the Executive Meeting Center)

3:45pm

TRACK 2: MANUFACTURING
Manufacturing may be a late stage commercialization step in technology development, but its early stage planning is critical especially for the successful transition of technologies from the bench to market. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a public-private partnership led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology with over 1,400 technical nationwide experts serving as trusted business advisors, focused on solving manufacturers' challenges and identifying growth opportunities. This presentation will discuss scale-up and production strategies that can reduce costs and time to market while meeting quality/regulatory requirements and corporate strategy.

Speakers
CA

Clara Asmail

Senior Technical Advisor, NIST/MEP


Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Mt. Hood

3:45pm

TRACK 4: 1) Waste Fraud & Abuse 2) Additional comments on WFA
The task force on FWA at NASA will explain legal and procedural information and guidelines to follow in SBIR proposals and reporting. This information is needed by all SBIR applicants. Jere Glover, Brand Law Group, will provide additional information on Fraud, Waste & Abuse SBIR Guidelines from 4:30-4:45

Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Adams/Jefferson (In the Executive Meeting Center)

3:45pm

TRACK 1: DEFENSE
In this panel, Ms. Ocampo will explain procedures, practices and legislation involved in partnering with Prime Defense contractors for an SBIR proposal and carrying out the research. The panel will include representatives from Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and other Primes.

Speakers
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Dennis Fortner

Sr. Mgr Strategic Technology Agreements, Northrop Grumman Corporation


Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Three Sisters/Mt. Bachelor

3:45pm

TRACK 3: MEDICAL
Are you asking yourself questions like: "What are the critical policies and requirements for grant submission? How, when, and by whom will my application be reviewed? What criteria will be used when determining the scientific and technical merit of my application? What Institutes/Centers will consider it for funding? Who may I contact for assistance during the review period?" These questions and many more will be covered in-depth as attendees are guided through the NIH Peer Review and Submission Process.The task force on FWA at NASA will explain legal and procedural information and guidelines to follow in SBIR proposals and reporting. This information is needed by all SBIR applicants.

Speakers
RV

Robert Vinson

Assistant Program Manager, NIH


Wednesday November 14, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Mt. St. Helens
 
Thursday, November 15
 

1:15pm

Track 1: Funding options beyond SBIR
Beyond grants, what options exist to secure the funding necessary to propel your business forward? What's the difference between angel money and venture capital? How do you prepare for outside investors? Learn from experienced investors plus an entrepreneur who's "been there, done that"!Panelists: Diane Fraiman,Voyageur Capital, Sandra Shotwell,DesignMedix & Scott Sandler,Oregon Angel Fund


Thursday November 15, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Three Sisters/Mt. Bachelor

1:15pm

Track 2: State resources for Small Business; SBDCs, University Labs & Extensions
Ms Bell will present best practices in State SBIR assistance programs and training, including those used at Montana's Technology Innovation Partnership. The last 20 minutes will include a presentation by Ray Friesenhan on his work with Technology Transfer and DOD Advanced Power & Energy Cluster.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Bell

Christine Bell

SBIR/STTR Advisor and Program Manager, Montana Department of Commerce
Christine manages the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP), a Montana Department of Commerce program that provides individualized technical assistance to small technology enterprises engaged in the federal SBIR/STTR programs. This assistance covers proposal development... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Mt. Hood/Mt. St. Helens

2:25pm

Track 1: Essence of a Commercialization Plan
Emerging small high tech businesses follow growth phases from infancy to mature commercialization. Each phase has distinct characteristics, different management focus as well as different management skills.

Speakers
avatar for Russ Farmer

Russ Farmer

Managing Member, ReliAscent LLC
Russ is a life-long student of the science of business. He has worked with and been a part of small high tech companies for over 25 years. Most of these companies have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs. With both degrees in engineering (Aerospace) and business (BS, MSBA and... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2012 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Mt. Hood/Mt. St. Helens

2:25pm

Track 2: Tech Transfer Panel
This panel will present opportunities available to small businesses interested in conducting R&D to advance and commercialize federal technologies. SBIR TT is an approach which has been adopted by several agencies that identifies technologies developed in the federal labs and can become the basis of SBIR projects. SBIR TT awards provide small businesses with access to the background technologies, funding and other assets that support advancement of federal research toward practical application. Panelists from NIH, DOE, NASA and NIST will discuss how their agencies operate SBIR TT and explain how small businesses can best take advantages of these opportunities. Panelists: Manny Oliver (DOE), Rob Vinson (NIH), and Joseph Grant (NASA)

Speakers

Thursday November 15, 2012 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Three Sisters/Mt. Bachelor