SBIRLand Interview Series
Hosted by Eva Garland Consulting
Episode 9 – SBIRLand Interview with April Richards (Enviromental Protection Agency)
This month, Dr. Nate Warren from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting interviews April Richards, SBIR Program Manager at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Topics include EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment, unique aspects of the EPA’s SBIR program, and advice for first time applicants.
Episode 8 – SBIRLand Interview with Becky Beattie (LaunchBio)
This month, Dr. Nate Warren from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting sits down with Becky Beattie, founding member and CEO of LaunchBio, a nonprofit organization that identifies, counsels, and supports high-growth, high-impact life science and biotechnology companies. Topics include the internal infrastructure and external support necessary for a company’s success, the various programs LaunchBio has developed, and LaunchBio’s planned expansion into North Texas in 2022.
Episode 7 – SBIRLand Interview with Robin Rasor (Duke University’s OTC Program)
Dr. Nate Warren from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting sits down with Robin Rasor, the Associate VP for Translation & Commercialization at Duke University, to discuss the role of a university technology transfer office in moving great ideas forward. Topics include the importance of the team in the success of a business, protecting your intellectual property, and Duke’s latest initiative called the Research Translation and Commercialization Effort.
Episode 6 – SBIRLand Interview with Eileen Chant (Department of Energy)
Dr. Nate Warren from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting sits down with Dr. Eileen Chant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to discuss the DOE’s SBIR/STTR program. Topics include the benefits of reaching out to program officials as you prepare your application, navigating the DOE’s subtopics, and DOE’s unique Phase 0 program.
Episode 5 – SBIRLand Interview with Kristine McNiel (KY Innovation)
Dr. Lara Skwarek from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting sits down with Kristine McNiel from Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development KY Innovation office to discuss the programs and services available to help Kentucky innovators obtain and leverage SBIR/STTR funding. Topics include the Kentucky Innovation Investment Program (KIIP), their generous Matching Funds Program, and their new DoD accelerator program. In addition to working for the Cabinet, Ms. McNiel is herself a small business owner.
Episode 4 – SBIRLand Interview with Ben Schrag (National Science Foundation)
SBIRLand Interview with National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officer Ben Schrag. Dr. Schrag has over 12 years of experience as a Program Director at NSF. He provides valuable insights into the NSF SBIR program and how entrepreneurs can get started with non-dilutive funding from the NSF.
Episode 3 – SBIRLand Interview with Melinda Coffman (United States Department of Agriculture)
Stacey Lee from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting chats with Melinda Coffman from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market. The USDA SBIR program is excited to receive applications addressing unmet needs in climate change, natural resource conservation, plant production and protection, rural development, animal production, and more! Melinda and Stacey discuss advice and resources to help entrepreneurs in the agriculture space develop their businesses.
Episode 2 – SBIRLand Interview with Kathleen Pizzuti (Transmural Systems)
Eva Garland Consulting CEO, Dr. Eva Garland, speaks with Transmural Systems co-founder Kathleen Pizzuti. Transmural has successfully leveraged over $10 million in SBIR funding to advance development of new innovative medical devices that address unmet needs in cardiology. Kathleen provides insight into how the Transmural team grew their company from a true basement start-up into a clinical stage company using SBIR funding.
Episode 1 – SBIRLand Interview with Brittany Sickler (Small Business Administration)
Stacey Lee from SBIRLand and Eva Garland Consulting chats with Brittany Sickler (2019 SBIR Person of the Year) from the Small Business Administration. The Technology Program Office at the SBA administers the SBIR/STTR program to ensure the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government’s research and development efforts. Brittany and Stacey discuss advice and resources to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses.