19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

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19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference

November 7 - November 9

The CTSI of SE Wisconsin welcomes you to the 19th National HHS SBIR/STTR Conference.

We look forward to an exciting and productive meeting in Milwaukee!

Conference Information


This national conference is the cornerstone of HHS’s congressionally mandated outreach efforts. Attendees discover how to successfully submit an application and learn about approaching partners and investors, the types of HHS assistance programs offered to awardees, and have the chance to discuss specific questions with HHS SBIR/STTR subject-matter experts.

The conference helps small businesses in the life science sector learn about over $920 million dollars of annual HHS funding, one of the largest sources of early- stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States. These programs allow US-owned small businesses to forge academic partnerships and build businesses to engage in research and development that has a strong potential to deliver products and services 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)
    • Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC)
  •   Understand HHS SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities
  •   Learn about the HHS SBIR/STTR application, review and award process
  •   Network with like-minded innovators

Intended Audience

  • Small businesses wanting to develop innovative technology products
  • Highly motivated small business entrepreneurs and researchers
  • Small businesses interested in new NIH SBIR/STTR initiatives and program changes
  • University researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on collaborative R&D projects
  • University researchers interested in starting their own companies
  • Large companies interested in developing strategic alliances with successful SBIR/STTR awardees
  • Organizations and consultants providing support to interested SBIR/STTR applicants

At a glance

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7:00am – 8:00am
Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking
8:00am – 9:25amWelcome and Keynote Address Program
9:30am – 10:15amHHS Overview and Update
10:20am – 11:35amGetting from Submission to Review & Review Process
11:40am – 12:50pmLunch
1:00pm – 4:50pmBreakout sessions and one-on-ones
5:00pm – 7:00pmNetworking Reception & Poster Session
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:00am – 8:00amContinental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 11:50amBreakout sessions and one-on-ones
12:00pm – 12:50pmLunch
1:00pm – 5:00pmBreakout sessions and one-on-ones
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:00am – 8:00amContinental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 11:50amBreakout sessions and one-on-ones
12:00pm – 12:50pmLunch & Mock Peer Review Study Section
2:00pm – 5:00pmBreakout sessions and one-on-ones

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. A room block is available for conference attendees using group code “MCWD“. Click here to reserve your room now (or call 414.271.7250).

Other recommended hotels located in close proximity are listed below. The conference does not have room blocks with these hotels.

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee (0.5 miles)
333 W Kilbourn Avenue | 414.276.1234

The Pfister (0.8 miles)
424 East Wisconsin Avenue | 414.273.8222 or 800.558.8222


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.

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

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.


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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