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NHLBI Showcase Conference Opportunities

Application Due Date: May 16, 2016


The NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) works to connect SBIR/STTR awardees with potential strategic partners and investors to advance the further development and commercialization of NHLBI-funded technologies. As part of this effort, OTAC organizes the NHLBI Innovation Conference as a forum for awardee companies to showcase their products to industry executives and investors. The NHLBI also provides support for selected awardees to participate in other life sciences partnering and investor conferences.

Eligible awardees that would like to be considered for such opportunities should complete and submit the NHLBI Showcase Conference Application by 5PM ET on May 16, 2016.

Conference Opportunities

In 2016, the NHLBI Innovation Conference (NIC) will be held for the first time in conjunction with a premier early-stage investor and business development conference, the Life Sciences Summitexternal disclaimer (LSS). Features of this joint event, which will take place from November 1-3, 2016 in New York, NY will include:

  • A half-day NHLBI Innovation Conference on Nov 1 featuring pitch feedback sessions with expert mentors; presentations by NHLBI staff about resources for small businesses; panel discussion with industry insiders; and networking reception.
  • A two-day LSS conference (Nov 2-3) featuring presentations by NIH SBIR/STTR companies to an audience of investors and leading pharma and medtech executives; 1-on-1 partnering meetings; panel discussions on topics relevant to early-stage companies; and a networking reception.
  • NIC: Free registration for two company attendees. LSS: Free registration for one attendee and reduced fees for additional attendees. (Note: Travel and hotel costs are not included.)
  • Pre-conference pitch coaching by NHLBI business advisors.

Please visit the NHLBI Innovation Conference and the Life Sciences Summitexternal disclaimer websites to learn more about these events.

The NHLBI also periodically nominates and provides support for SBIR/STTR awardees to attend and present at other industry showcase conferences. Examples of such conferences include:

NHLBI support typically includes:

  • Free registration for one or two company attendees. (Note: Number of covered attendees varies with conference. Travel and hotel costs are not included.)
  • Pre-conference pitch coaching by NHLBI business advisors.


All companies that have held an active SBIR or STTR award from the NHLBI since June 1, 2014 are eligible to apply to participate in the joint 2016 NIC-LSS event or to be nominated to receive financial support to attend one of the other showcase events listed above. Companies that delivered an oral presentation at an NHLBI Innovation Conference in 2015 are not eligible for the 2016 NIC-LSS event.

How to Apply

Please email Gary Robinsonemail icon to request application materials. The deadline for submission of applications is 5PM ET on May 16, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of external investors and industry experts. Based on these evaluations, the NHLBI will select or nominate companies to attend and present at each of the conferences.

Please note that the NHLBI Showcase Event Application is the only application required for the 2016 NIC-LSS event. However, most of the other conferences have their own application procedures and selection criteria. Companies are responsible for submitting the necessary application materials to these conferences. The NHLBI Showcase Event Application will be used by the NHLBI to make independent decisions about providing support to companies to attend and present at those conferences.

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