The Long Beach State University College of Engineering is hosting a workshop to foster collaboration and share information about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs.
Sponsored by Rep. Alan Lowenthal, this one-day workshop will bring together representatives from federal agencies (including the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and NASA), state and local governments, higher education, high-tech companies, small business entrepreneurs, economic development groups, and more.
The free workshop is intended to create a better understanding of the region’s unique technological strength, foster collaboration and partnerships, and organize like-minded technology clusters that will impact the future national agenda.
The SBIR and STTR programs require governmental agencies to set aside a percentage of their budgets to encourage small business research and development that has a strong potential for technology commercialization. While the SBIR program encourages research partnerships, the STTR program requires small business to collaborate with a nonprofit research institution.
SBIR/STTR Program Manager and Director
National Institutes of Health
Matthew Portnoy manages the National Institutes of Health’s $1 billion SBIR/STTR program and coordinates the 24 NIH institutes and centers that receive program funding. Portnoy holds a B.S. in molecular and cell biology from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He joined the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2005, he joined the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as a program director. While at NIGMS, he managed R01 grant portfolios, SBIR/STTR grants, F32 postdoctoral fellowships, cooperative agreements, and R25 education grants. Portnoy also served as SBIR/STTR program lead for NIGMS for six years.
Director of SBIR/STTR Programs
Office of Naval Research
Robert Smith manages activities designed to assist small businesses in getting their technologies fully developed, tested, and inserted into products and services used by naval warfighters. He was previously Director of Disruptive Technologies in the Office of Naval Research and Program Manager for the Department of the Navy’s Rapid Innovation Fund. Smith received the 2013 Oreta B. Stinson Advocacy Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Whittier College and a master’s degree in Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.