Finding money on campus to mature university technologies to the point industry becomes interested is always difficult, as is finding seed money for spin-outs. One of the first places technology transfer offices think of when looking for such funds is the U.S. government's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. In this webinar, which is free to AUTM members, Phyl Speser, AUTM's Vice President for Membership Western Hemisphere, will share insider's tips on how AUTM members in the United States and abroad can use this $1B+ federal research and development program to better meet technology transfer objectives.
Speser authored and was the lead lobbyist for the law establishing SBIR government-wide. He was invited to the White House by President Ronald W. Reagan for the bill signing ceremony. Subsequently, Speser won Phase I and II awards in artificial intelligence applied to commercialization, all of which were commercialized.
Speser has run SBIR/STTR commercialization support programs for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Department of Transportation, as well as several state agencies, defense prime contractors and individual small companies. His company, Foresight Science & Technology Inc., has supported several thousand SBIR companies under these contacts and managed the National SBIR Conference for 18 years.