“Our NIH academic grants were more concentrated on research and hypothesis-driven science,” he said. “SBIRs are a mechanism of action. OSCR did not have to help us dramatically with the research pieces, but they really did help us in stating our facts and our science, making sure our materials were appropriately collected and ensuring that our story was told in a concise clear manner.”
Oklahoma has great entrepreneurs and scientists and strong universities and research institutions. They are working smart to increase our state's share of SBIR/STTR funds
We don't need 50 winners to see an impact — we just need a few.
Rex Smitherman is interim president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Smitherman at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.
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About 44,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year; about 37,000 people die of the disease.