NIH Offers Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR Phase II Awardees

Notice Number: NOT-OD-07-082

Key Dates
Release Date: August 3, 2007

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

The purpose of this Notice is to announce the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for NIH SBIR Phase II awardees from 2002 to 2007. Now in its fourth year, this program is designed to help some of the nation’s most promising life science small companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. (NIH has engaged the services of Larta Institute to help implement the program. Larta has experience in helping businesses bring technologies to the marketplace and has helped companies raise over $1.5 billion in capital.)

The CAP consists of training workshops, individual mentoring and consulting sessions, and it includes an opportunity for companies to present their business opportunities to potential investors and strategic partners at an investment/partnership forum. Participation is free; however, selected participants are responsible for their travel expenses to attend two required workshops and the optional forum.

Selected participants will receive individualized assistance toward accomplishing the following goals:

Over a ten-month period beginning in September 2007, each participant will:

All NIH SBIR awardees (grantees and contractors) that have received a Phase II award since January 1, 2002 are eligible to participate. Participants must, however, meet the SBIR small business eligibility criteria as described in the current SBIR Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement available from the NIH Small Business Funding Opportunities website Please note that this program is not available to STTR awardees.

Detailed program information, eligibility requirements, and application instructions are available at (PDF - 325 KB). The deadline for submitting an application is August 24, 2007. Seventy-five (75) companies will be selected to participate in this year’s NIH CAP and will be notified by August 31, 2007.


General inquiries about the CAP may be addressed to:

Ms. Kay Etzler
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 360
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 435-2713
FAX: (301) 480-0146


Ms. Ketaki Sood
Director, Technology Commercialization Programs
Larta Institute
606 Olive Street Suite 650
Los Angeles , California 90014
Telephone: 213-538-1444 Ext: 144

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