State small business center holds webinars for life-science researchers and entrepreneurs

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a series of live webinars designed to help life-sciences researchers and entrepreneurs interested in technology commercialization. 

ASBTDC has invited four guest experts to lead the webinars beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7.  

The first webinars focus on the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. NIH’s Rob Vinson will introduce the federal funding programs on Feb. 7.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Dr. Nancy Gray, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures director, will share best practices for university researchers looking to start their own spin-off companies.

In a two-part series on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 16, Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, former SBIR/STTR program manager at the agency and now CEO of bioPrime, will go deeper into the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR application process.

Finally, Jeff Skiba, a professional medical device and business consultant, will lead a four-part series starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, on navigating the FDA approval process. Skiba will identify the strategic steps to consider during new research and development to ensure a company’s processes effectively align with FDA’s approved standards. The three additional webinars will take place on Feb. 28, March 7, and March 14.

The events are funded by a $200,000 grant ASBTDC received last year from the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses.

For more information, contact Rebecca Norman at 501.683.7700 or visit the ASBTDC’s event page to register for a classroom or webinar training event:  (

About the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center:

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration through a partnership with the UA Little Rock College of Business and other institutions of higher education. The center assists startups, existing businesses, expanding businesses, and innovation-based businesses statewide. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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