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NHLBI Showcase Conference Opportunities


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.

Information about the next round of showcase conference opportunities will be posted in the first quarter of 2017.

Conference Opportunities

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

  • A half-day NHLBI Innovation Conference on Nov 1 featuring pitch feedback sessions with expert mentors, discussions with industry insiders, and a 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.
  • Pre-conference pitch coaching by NHLBI business advisors.

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.
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