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]
Thursday, November 15


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.

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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


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.

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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


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)


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