Generation Of High-Tech Innovators Seeking Corporate Partners At
7, 2001-- On Sept. 12-13, in Charlottesville, scientists
and inventors will mingle with high-tech company reps, seeking research
partners and federal funding to move their innovative ideas off
the lab bench and into product development.
hope that bringing together researchers and business people will
foster the formation of partnerships that will develop new products
to improve our quality of life, while helping to strengthen young,
high-tech companies in Virginia," said Gene Block, U.Va. provost.
"The University of Virginia is pleased to support this effort."
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Development Workshop
at the University of Virginias Boars Head Inn offers
an exciting opportunity to meet with the next generation of Virginias
high-tech entrepreneurs, who will be seeking support for research
in fields ranging from defense and space, to health, energy, transportation,
commerce, and agriculture. The nuts-and-bolts workshop will cover
three federal funding programs Small Business Innovative
Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and the
Advanced Technology Program (ATP).
sold-out event 400 participants have signed up illustrates
the health of the American research enterprise and the vibrancy
of its entrepreneurial spirit, according to conference organizers,
the Office of the Secretary of Technology and the University of
Virginia. Another 40 companies and institutions are co-sponsoring
and state dignitaries who will address the group include Donald
W. Upson, secretary of technology, and state Reps. Joe T. May, R-Leesburg,
and Willam W. "Ted" Bennett Jr., D-Halifax, both of whom
serve on the House science and technology committee.
talks during the two-day conference should be of particular interest:
W. Carroll, chairman of the Small Business Technology Coalition
and chief executive officer of Digital Systems Resources Inc.,
a small high-tech company in Fairfax, who will discuss the competitive
impact of small, high-tech businesses. He will be the luncheon
speaker on Sept. 12.
E. Swaja, senior science advisor for the National Institute
for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes
of Health, who will discuss potential applications of biomedical
research. He also will speak on Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
Adm. Jay M. Cohen, who as chief of the Office of Naval Research
in Arlington manages the science and technology programs of
the Navy and Marine Corps, will discuss the Navys "Swamp
Works" program, a low-budget program to fund innovative,
high-risk-potentially-high-payoff projects that address some
of the Navys most pressing technological needs. He will
speak at the Sept. 13 luncheon.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858