KSEF Event: SBIR/STTR Commercialization Clinic

SBIR/STTR Commercialization Clinic


with Dr. Lenka Fedorkova

When       Where
February 12, 2018   University of Kentucky
Monday   550 South Limestone, Venture Studio Room 124
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   Gatton College of Business & Economics
    Lexington, KY 40506
    Parking Garage #5: 409 South Limestone Street, 40506

About the Clinic

This SBIR/STTR Commercialization clinic will be an intense, hands-on clinic designed to cover strategies on how to leverage NIH SBIR/STTR Programs for commercial success. Presented by commercialization expert Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, the clinic will provide an overview and unique perspective based on actual cases and lessons learned from successful awardees.

Part of this clinic will focus on helping to increase understanding of options, and how to take advantage of funding as well as technical assistance opportunities -- including Phase I, Phase II, Fast-Track, and Phase IIB, as well as Niche Assessment Program, and Commercialization Accelerator Program. The clinic will also cover:

  • Review SBIR/STTR Gap Funding and Technical Assistance Programs
  • Case Studies of Successful Awardees
  • NIH Review Process and Expectations
  • Commercialization Plan Strategies
  • Putting Your Best Forward
  • Concept Write-Up
  • Group Coaching of Proposal Ideas

The potential participant is a research-entrepreneur who is looking for guidance on how to navigate programs designed to assist SBIR/STTR supported companies through their commercialization process. The most value will be to participants with some experience on NIH SBIR/STTR programs, those who have received a Phase I award and may be preparing an NIH Phase II proposal.  The clinic will be very valuable to those attempting to submit an NIH Fast Track.

Pre-Event Homework

This afternoon of this clinic will include the use of "live" examples and coaching of companies. To help Lenka Fedorkova better prepare, submit a specific-aims brief of your company/project to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  1. Include your company name on line one, and your name and email address on line two.
  2. Prepare this specific aims brief as a "Word" document, with one inch margins, Arial 11 font.

Use the following titles on your document and answer these questions:

  1. What are you developing?
  2. What are the problems, unmet needs, and limitations?
  3. Cite evidence: Have others tried and failed? What does the literature say?
  4. Compare current solutions against yours: Why is your product better, what is innovative, and are there any similar products (e.g. FDA-approved)?
  5. Who is the product for and how or where will it be used?
  6. What is the objective for your project?
  7. Have you conducted preliminary research and what did you find?
  8. How do these findings support your main scientific premise behind this technology?
  9. What will be the overall impact and likelihood to sustain impact on the discipline, practice, science?
  10. If Phase I, how will successful completion of proposed work enable Phase II activities? -OR- If Phase II, what did you demonstrate in Phase I, and what will be the commercialization activities?
  11. Phase II aims cannot be mere extensions of Phase I, they have to logically advance the development of the technology commercialization.
    1. If Phase I, what are your 1 to 3 specific aims? -OR- If Phase I, what are your 2 to 4 specific aims?
    2. What specific activity will achieve the goals?
    3. How will you prove the hypothesis?

Email the "Word" document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. If you register after that date, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional instructions.

Download the presentation training materials PDF.

Registration is Closed

register hereThis event, valued at $500 per person, is sponsored by KSTC partners and brought to you at a discount. Seating is limited to 35 registrant-companies to ensure successful small-group coaching. Registration includes presentation materials (electronic), lunch, and refreshment breaks. Registration refunds will be available up to three weeks before the event; no refunds thereafter.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1993, reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made. If possible, please request two weeks in advance.

About the Speaker 

Read the KSEF speaker bio for Lenka Fedorkova, PhD, CEO and Founder of bioPrime LLC

Site and Parking

Parking available at cost at University of Kentucky Parking Garage #5  on 409 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40506. http://ukcc.uky.edu/cgi-bin/dynamo?maps.391+campus+0202




  KSTC/KSEF acknowledges the support of the Small Business Administration (SBA) through Federal State and Technology (FAST) Grant Award #SBAHQ-17-G-0010