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2017 HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 7, 2017 - November 9, 2017

CTSI of Southeast Wisconsin Successfully Hosted the 19th Annual Health & Human Services SBIR/STTR Conference

November 7-9, 2017

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A cornerstone of the HHS’s congressionally mandated outreach efforts, this three-day national HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is designed to educate attendees about the America’s Largest Seed Fund and how to apply for these commercialization dollars.  With over $920 million dollars of annual HHS funding, this is one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.


The HHS’s SBIR/STTR programs allow US-owned small businesses to forge academic partnerships and build productive businesses.  With this funding, the partners can engage in research and development that has a strong potential to deliver products and services, including medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, to improve the health of Americans.



  • Meet one-on-one with over 100 HHS representatives and discuss research opportunities with:
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its Institutes, Centers and Offices
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
    • HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Understand HHS SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities
  • Learn about HHS assistance programs offered to awardees
  • Learn how to write successful SBIR/STTR grant application
  • Learn about the HHS SBIR/STTR application, review and award process
  • Discuss specific questions with HHS SBIR/STTR subject-matter experts
  • Build relationships with potential partners and investors
  • Network with like-minded innovators

Intended Audience

  • Small Businesses wanting to develop innovative technology products
  • Small Businesses interested in new NIH SBIR/STTR initiatives and program changes
  • Entrepreneurs and Researchers from Small Businesses
  • University Researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on collaborative R&D projects
  • University Researchers interested in starting their own companies
  • Organizations, Consultants and Service Providers who support to interested SBIR/STTR applicants
  • Large Companies interested in developing strategic alliances with successful SBIR/STTR awardees

The NIH SBIR/STTR programs congressionally require eligible governmental agencies to set aside a percentage of their extramural budget so that domestic small businesses can engage in R&D that has a strong potential for technology commercialization. We have a commitment to:

  • Stimulate technological innovation
  • Meet federal research and development needs
  • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations developed through federal R&D funding
  • Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small businesses

Become an Event Sponsor

Are you interested in participating in this exciting conference by becoming an event sponsor?

Why Sponsor?

  • Market your company to a national audience of BioHealth technology companies & researchers
  • One‐on‐one meetings with HHS/NIH staff attracts strong audience
  • Gain access to potential clients and new technology among the early stage attendees
  • Network and build relationships
  • Be recognized as a BioHealth leader

More information on sponsorship can be found by viewing the sponsorship packet, or contacting mcwevents@mcw.edu.

At a glance

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7:00am – 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:00am – 8:30am Welcome Remarks
8:35am – 9:25am HHS Keynote Speaker Dr. Walter Koroshetz, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
9:30am – 10:15am HHS Overview & Update
10:20am – 11:35am Getting from Submission to Review & Review Process
11:40am – 12:50pm Lunch: Les Hollie, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations within HHS, Office of Inspector General (OIG) 
1:00pm – 4:50pm Breakout sessions

One-on-One Sessions:

5:00pm – 7:00pm Networking Reception
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast: Dynamic Women Leaders
8:00am – 11:50am Breakout sessions

One-on-One Sessions:

12:00pm – 12:50pm Lunch: Wisconsin SBIR Success Story & Former Wisconsin Governor & 19th HHS Secretary, Tommy Thompson
1:00pm – 5:00pm Breakout sessions

One-on-One Sessions:

5:30pm – 8:00pm Healthcare Innovation Pitch Event
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast: What Technology Means to the Healthcare Industry in Wisconsin & Beyond
8:00am – 11:50am Breakout sessions

One-on-One Sessions:

12:00pm – 12:50pm Lunch: Mock Peer Review Study Section
2:00pm – 5:00pm Breakout sessions

One-on-One Sessions:

Have a team of 3 or more that would like to attend – Group pricing is available!

Contact us for discounted group registrations and single-day passes:

Contact Pamela Jung (pjung@mcw.edu) or Patricia Swayne (patricia.swayne@nih.gov ) for more information.


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Conference Sponsors

Gold Sponsors






Concordia    MU Logo-BTD-Centered-BG-4C    UWMilwaukee    UWMilwaukee Research


The HHS SBIR/STTR Conference Happens During Milwaukee Startup Week

Milwaukee Startup Week presented by Northwestern Mutual, November 6th – 12th, 2017 will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, major companies together to build momentum and celebrate entrepreneurship in Southeastern Wisconsin.   30+ events will be hosted by a group of 25+ Community Partners key themes of Milwaukee Startup Week include: corporate innovation, venture capital investment, free workshops for entrepreneurs, connecting college and high school students interested in entrepreneurship with local resources and more! To view the Milwaukee Startup Week event calendar, click here.  Milwaukee Startup Week is run by Startup Milwaukee and is part of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative.

Conference Location & Accommodations

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

The HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is being held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. To book a room at the Hilton, click here

Per Diem room rates are available for eligible government employees. Please click here to reserve your room. Your valid government identification must be presented at check-in.


The Hilton Milwaukee City Center offers guests and visitors convenient, covered parking attached to the hotel.

Daily self-parking is $25 per day.



General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (approximately 8 miles from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center).

O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is located in Chicago, Illinois (approximately 80 miles from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center)


The Amtrak Hiawatha Intermodal Station is located approximately ½ mile from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Route information can be found here.


Taxi Service – Taxi fare from General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee to downtown hotels in approximately $25 each way.

BidRide – Conference attendees can use coupon code SBIR20, good for $5 off on 4 rides. Credit is valid Nov 5 – Nov 11 in Milwaukee. www.bidride.com.

Shuttle Service – Shuttle operators provide door-to-door airport service to hotels 24 hours/day. Visit goriteway.com for more information.

Ride Sharing Services – Uber & Lyft are available for transportation from and to General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee.

About Milwaukee

Courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum


Located on the scenic shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers an exceptional blend of stunning natural beauty, big city arts and entertainment and Midwest charm. A downtown RiverWalk connects German heritage-inspired Old World Third Street to the Historic Third Ward with its shops and art galleries and Milwaukee Public Market. We’re a city of colorful, walk-around neighborhoods, acclaimed culinary scene and entrepreneurial spirit, where exciting attractions like the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum meet brewery tours, excursion boats, professional sports and a summer-long schedule of lakefront festivals. You’ll find all this and more on tap in Milwaukee.

More information about Milwaukee can be found at visitmilwaukee.org.

Wisconsin is known for building things. We’re good at it. We have been building an ecosystem to explore the next frontiers of science, technology, and healthcare.  Our BioHealth industry is the convergence of biosciences, digital health, medical devices, diagnostics, and biomanufacturing to form an integrated health solutions platform.


Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the BloodCenter Research Foundation

Managing Director, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Vice President, Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Chief Innovation Officer, VP: IP, Technology & Strategic Alliances, RiteHite

Partner, DeWitt Ross & Stevens
Patent Attorney & Patent Litigator, Intellectual Property Law

CEO, Foodexus LLC
Managing Director, The PeregrineMaven Group

Please Note

Photography: During this event, we may capture photos that will solely be used for the aims of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Community Engagement.

Videotaping: During this event, we may capture video of the presentation and a selection of interactions between the audience and speaker.  The video may be posted on various web resources, in presentations, or other educational opportunities that will solely be used for the aims of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Community Engagement.

Broadcasting: During this event, we may stream the presentation and interactions between the audience and speaker.  Only those in attendance (speaker and audience) will be able to view the interactions.

By attending this event, your consent for photos, videos, or broadcasting is implied. If you do not wish to be in photos, videos, or broadcasting please inform a staff or faculty member when checking in at the registration table.

Publication or White Paper: The themes that come from this event could be used in possible future publications or white papers. No direct quotations or identifiable information will be used for publication.


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Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203 United States
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