workshop

Meet one-on-one with Bio-Rad at QB3

Bio-Rad, a leader in products for life science research and clinical diagnostics, and based in the Bay Area community of Hercules, continually seeks to increase its portfolio of innovative technologies.
 
Bio-Rad is interested in meeting startups in the QB3 ecosystem. To facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships, we are coordinating a partnering session Thursday, May 30 at UCSF Mission Bay.
 
Space is limited. If you see an opportunity in partnering with Bio-Rad, please apply thru May 9.

Areas of Interest

Before you apply, please note that Bio-Rad is interested in technologies whose applications fall in the following areas:

In life science research:

  • Single cell biology (genomics and proteomics)

  • Protein characterization

  • Digital genomics and translational research

  • New generation sequencing technology

In clinical diagnostics:

  • Microbiome

  • Point of care technologies

  • Microbiology, including antibiotic susceptibility

  • New biomarkers

  • Food safety

  • Wearables, mHealth

Download the full scope document

NSF I-Corps program at UCSF Mission Bay

Have a product idea, but unsure about whether there’s a market for it?

The NSF I-Corps short course program may be just right for you. Based on the Lean LaunchPad Method, which uses the Business Model Canvas and customer discovery, you’ll be able to significantly de-risk your venture, we promise.

Teams that complete the program and receive instructor endorsement are eligible for the national program that includes grant awards up to $50,000.

Where & When

UCSF Mission Bay
6:00-9:00 PM on Monday 4/29, Wednesday 5/1, and Monday 5/6

There is no charge for the course.

Info session for NSF I-Corps

The NSF I-Corps program trains teams to use customer discovery and the Lean LaunchPad method to test their product-market fit.

Are you interested in finding out how the three evening program can significantly de-risk your startup venture? Join us for this short informational session on Tuesday, April 2.

This is also an opportunity to find like-minded people who are looking to build a team or join one. See you there!

The course itself will be held evenings of 4/29, 5/1, and 5/6 at UCSF Mission Bay Campus. Short applications are due April 12. Apply HERE if you already know you want to join the program.

Questions? Email gino.segre@ucsf.edu

Where and When

Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St., San Francisco)
Tuesday, April 2, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Questions? Email gino.segre@ucsf.edu

Meet One-on-One with Procter & Gamble at QB3

Procter & Gamble, the consumer goods company that owns brands such as Crest, Downy, Febreze, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, and Vicks, maintains its competitive edge through in-house innovation and partnerships to develop and acquire emerging technologies.

P&G is interested in meeting startups, and we are coordinating a partnering session on March 13 at UCSF Mission Bay.

Space is limited. If you would like to explore partnering with P&G, please apply online. Applications accepted thru Thursday, February 21.

Where & When

Suite 214, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St., San Francisco)
Wednesday, March 13

Areas of Focus

P&G is interested in disruptive life science technologies for a healthy home ecosystem and environment. Below are the main areas of focus (download the detailed needs document):

  • Malodor prevention, reduction or blocking; microbial population control.

  • Non-prescription approaches to mitigate the negative physiological impacts of stress (solutions that would not be regulated as drugs) and maintain cardio-metabolic health (biomarkers, sensors, botanicals).

  • Big (Omics) data analytics for identifying biomolecular targets for regulation of predetermined biological functions; for example, uprregulation of collagen or inhibition of inflammatory cytokines.

  • Alternative methods for cost-effective production of short peptides up to 20 amino acids (fermentation or synthetic biology-based methods).

  • Materials that have either of the following properties: block bitter taste; provide the sensation of pleasurable touch at the time of application to the skin; modulate trigeminal nerve-related sensations including pain, cooling, warming and itch; promote dermal regeneration to address gum recession, skin aging and vaginal atrophy; maintain healthy skin homeostasis and promote desirable skin feel.

Spring SBIR Workshop at Berkeley

The chances of your SBIR or STTR proposal getting funded are vastly improved if your proposal is well written and packaged. In fact, many great ideas fail to get funded simply because of poor “grantsmanship.” In addition, first-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the grant submission and review processes, and are unaware that they can improve their chances of getting funded by communicating directly with funding agency program and review staff.

This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research plan, and explain your ideas in clear, engaging writing that will win over your reviewers. We will focus on the Research Plan sections of NIH and NSF SBIR proposals, and one full session will be devoted to helping you craft your Specific Aims (the most important section of your application). We will also provide guidance on filling out your budget, Biosketch and other forms, and tips on how to most effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes.

Where & When 

All classes are in 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley.
1:00-4:00 PM on Wednesdays. Class dates: Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, Mar. 6

Specific topics to be covered will include:

  • What are SBIRs and STTRs, and which should you apply for?

  • Finding a “home” for your proposal (funding agencies, study sections, and topic-specific funding opportunities)

  • Sussing out your competition

  • Interacting with funding agency staff

  • Developing a logical, fundable Research Plan and assembling your project team

  • Logistics of the application process (electronic submission, deadlines, timelines to funding, agency requirements)

  • Major components of SBIR/STTR Research Plans and what to include in each

  • Facing and conquering the blank page

  • Writing and packaging your proposal for maximum impact

  • How to avoid common mistakes

  • Individualized feedback on your Specific Aims

  • Developing your Budget

  • Filling out forms

  • Review and award processes

  • The workshop will consist of four 3-hour sessions. There will be time during and at the end of each session for class participants to consult with the instructors about their own applications.

Session 1: Introduction to SBIRs and STTRs; identifying appropriate funding agencies and targeted funding announcements; mechanics of applying

Session 2: Developing your Research Plan; grantsmanship and writing tips (i.e., how to best pitch your proposal to your reviewers)

Session 3: Individual feedback from the instructors on your Specific Aims; help with filling out forms

Session 4: The review and award processes and how to maximize your chances of success; resubmissions and Phase II applications

This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the next NIH and/or NSF grant deadlines (April 5, 2019 and early June, 2019, respectively). However, the basic principles to be covered also apply to other federal SBIR funding agencies (DoD, DoE, etc.). Importantly, the science writing skills taught in this class will serve you well in writing not only grant applications, but also scientific journal articles and company public relations materials.

Fee Structure for New and Returning Participants 

General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $150

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Gabrielle G. Leblanc, Ph.D., is a professional grant consultant and writer with 11 years of experience as an NIH Program Director, and many years of prior experience as a research scientist and lab PI. During her academic career, she was an Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University, where her laboratory studied early nervous system development. As a lab PI, Dr. Leblanc was successful in winning grants from NIH, NSF, and many other government and non-profit funding agencies. As a Program Director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH, she oversaw multimillion dollar portfolios of grants and contracts in basic and clinical science, provided grantsmanship advice to scores of both junior and senior investigators, and led major funding initiatives in neuroscience, developmental biology, and genomics. In her subsequent 10 years as a freelance grant consultant/writer, she has provided scientific strategic consulting and grant-writing support to biotechnology industry and university investigators in a wide range of fields, from trypanosome pharmacogenomics to cancer drug development to medical applications of virtual reality. Dr. Leblanc has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Spring SBIR workshop at UCSF Mission Bay

This workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for the April 5, 2019 deadline. Taking the workshop you will learn how to craft an appropriate research plan, obtain persuasive letters of support, develop an efficient budget, and anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. Results from past attendees indicate that taking this course triples your chances of success. The workshop culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed. 

One or more team members (up to 3) from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

The course includes six working sessions and a pre-submission review of your Specific Aims page by our course instructors.

(The Feb. 28 class is guest talk & interactive workshop on Specific Aims page)

Where & When 

All classes are in Room 2106, Mission Hall, UCSF Mission Bay.
Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 pm. Class dates: Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 7, Mar. 28

Topics

  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of an SBIR grant

  • Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)

  • Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities description, research plan, etc.)

  • Strategies for designing your specific aims

  • Budget strategies and restrictions

  • Complete and convincing budget justifications

  • Documentation required to use human samples, human subjects and vertebrate animals

  • What makes a competitive proposal

  • Common mistakes that applicants make

  • Filing in forms and submission process

  • Re-submission if your grant is not funded

  • Phase II SBIR applications

  • Searching for program announcements and finding non-dilutive funding opportunities

Sessions

  1. Registration, eligibility, NIH/NSF program overview

  2. Overview of all the sections of a NIH proposal, Phase 2 proposals

  3. IP confidentiality, details on all the sections of a NIH proposal, NSF workshop (Pt 1)

  4. Specific Aims Workshop with Kaspar, NSF workshop (Pt 2)

  5. Details on budget and forms, resubmission (NIH)

  6. Questions, forms and submission (NIH)

Instructors

Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer
Ioana Aanei, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, QB3
Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Marketing & Communications, QB3

Fee Structure for New and Returning Participants

General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $150

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Shauna Farr-Jones, Ph.D., has a record of writing successful government grant and contract proposals on diverse life science topics, providing strategic input on both research and business plans. She has helped companies secure over $200 million in grant and contract funding from numerous government and philanthropic organizations, including BARDA, NIH, DTRA, USDA, DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For 17 years, she has consulted for life science companies and universities, identifying funding opportunities, preparing research plans, marketing plans, technical reports INDs, NDAs, white papers and proposals. She is also the Project Manager of the Antibody Technology Research Center at UCSF. Previously, she was Senior Writer at BioCentury Publications, where she analyzed and wrote about the biotechnology industry. She was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University. 

Staying Younger Longer 2.0

As we age, our minds and bodies degenerate. Older people suffer pain, can't enjoy the activities they used to, forget things, and aren't as sharp mentally as younger people. But what if it were possible to slow this general decline and improve the quality of life for the aging? We would live in a happier and more productive society.

In recent years, QB3 has increasingly focused on aging-related disease. We've brought scientists together from Bay Area universities and the private sector. We want to spark productive collaborations that lead to understanding the process of aging and, ultimately, solutions to help all of us. This October, we've invited key players in the field to join us at an afternoon symposium at UCSF Mission Bay.

If you would like to learn about new research, meet leading scientists, connect to investors, and be a part of an exciting group that identifies and tackles one of the most important problems facing us today, please attend this symposium. Space is limited!

Slides

Susanna Rosi: Treatment Strategies to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive and Behavioral Deficits after Brain Injury

Tony Wyss-Coray: Plasma biomarkers for aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Agenda


1:00 - 1:15 PM Registration

1:15 - 1:20 PM Reg Kelly (QB3): Introduction

Session I: Recent developments in understanding aging suggest that anti-aging therapies are on the horizon.

1:20 - 1:50 PM Eric Verdin (Buck Institute): "Therapy and Diagnostic Development at the Buck Institute"

1:50 - 2:10 PM Tony Wyss-Coray (Stanford): "Aging Factors in the Blood"

2:10 - 2:30 PM Susanna Rosi (UCSF): "Stress-Induced Acceleration of the Aging Process"

2:30 - 3:00 PM Coffee Break

Session II: To bring theory into practice we need biomarkers to predict disease, quantify disease progression and stratify age-related diseases.

3:00 - 3:20 PM Ron Kohanski (National Institute on Aging): "Biomarker Research"

3:20 - 3:35 PM Ben Kamens (Spring Discovery): "Applying AI Techniques to Data Analysis of Aging Biomarkers"


3:35 - 3:50 PM Kimberly Scearce-Levie (Denali Therapeutics): "Neurofilament as a Clinical Biomarker of Progression and Response"


3:50 - 4:05 PM Eric Morgen (BIOAGE): "From Longevity Biomarkers to Drug Targets"

Session III: We need to decide on the next steps to be taken for aging biomarkers.

4:05 - 5:15 PM Panel discussion: Supporting biomarker development for aging-related diseases. Moderator: Joe Betts-LaCroix (Vium)

  • Laura Deming (Longevity Fund)

  • Chris Haskell (Bayer)

  • Ron Kohanski (NIA)

  • John Newman (UCSF & Buck)

  • James Peyer (Apollo Ventures)



5:15 - 5:30 PM Reg Kelly: Closing Remarks

5:30 - 7:00 PM Reception

Info session for NSF I-Corps short course

Find out about how participating in a three-evening NSF program known as "I-Corps" can significantly de-risk your startup venture. The program trains attendees to use customer discovery and the Lean LaunchPad method to test your product-market fit. Come to this information to get all your questions answered. This is also an opportunity to find like-minded people who are looking to build a team or join one. See you there!

The course will be held evenings of 10/15 (Mon), 10/17 (Wed), and 10/22 (Mon). Short applications are due October 10. Apply HERE if you already know you want to join the program.

Where and When

Monday, October 8, 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Room 215, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St.)

Questions? Email gino.segre@ucsf.edu

Fall SBIR Grantwriting Workshop at Berkeley

"How to Write a Winning SBIR Proposal"

When & Where

Location is 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
All classes are on Wednesdays. Class dates: Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 14
Scroll down to buy tickets.

About the Workshop

The chances of your SBIR or STTR proposal getting funded are vastly improved if your proposal is well written and packaged. In fact, many great ideas fail to get funded simply because of poor “grantsmanship.” In addition, first-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the grant submission and review processes, and are unaware that they can improve their chances of getting funded by communicating directly with funding agency program and review staff.

This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research plan, and explain your ideas in clear, engaging writing that will win over your reviewers. We will focus on the Research Plan sections of NIH and NSF SBIR proposals, and one full session will be devoted to helping you craft your Specific Aims (the most important section of your application). We will also provide guidance on filling out your budget, Biosketch and other forms, and tips on how to most effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes.

Specific topics to be covered will include:

  • What are SBIRs and STTRs, and which should you apply for?

  • Finding a “home” for your proposal (funding agencies, study sections, and topic-specific funding opportunities)

  • Sussing out your competition

  • Interacting with funding agency staff

  • Developing a logical, fundable Research Plan and assembling your project team

  • Logistics of the application process (electronic submission, deadlines, timelines to funding, agency requirements)

  • Major components of SBIR/STTR Research Plans and what to include in each

  • Facing and conquering the blank page

  • Writing and packaging your proposal for maximum impact

  • How to avoid common mistakes

  • Individualized feedback on your Specific Aims

  • Developing your Budget

  • Filling out forms

  • Review and award processes

  • The workshop will consist of four 3-hour sessions. There will be time during and at the end of each session for class participants to consult with the instructors about their own applications.

Session 1: Introduction to SBIRs and STTRs; identifying appropriate funding agencies and targeted funding announcements; mechanics of applying

Session 2: Developing your Research Plan; grantsmanship and writing tips (i.e., how to best pitch your proposal to your reviewers)

Session 3: Individual feedback from the instructors on your Specific Aims; help with filling out forms

Session 4: The review and award processes and how to maximize your chances of success; resubmissions and Phase II applications

This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the next NIH and/or NSF grant deadlines (Jan 5, 2019 and early December 2018, respectively). However, the basic principles to be covered also apply to other federal SBIR funding agencies (DoD, DoE, etc.). Importantly, the science writing skills taught in this class will serve you well in writing not only grant applications, but also scientific journal articles and company public relations materials.

Register Now

Please note that if you wish to request a refund we require notice of cancellation 48 hours in advance of the first session.
 

Fee Structure

General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $150

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Gabrielle G. Leblanc, Ph.D., is a professional grant consultant and writer with 11 years of experience as an NIH Program Director, and many years of prior experience as a research scientist and lab PI. During her academic career, she was an Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University, where her laboratory studied early nervous system development. As a lab PI, Dr. Leblanc was successful in winning grants from NIH, NSF, and many other government and non-profit funding agencies. As a Program Director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH, she oversaw multimillion dollar portfolios of grants and contracts in basic and clinical science, provided grantsmanship advice to scores of both junior and senior investigators, and led major funding initiatives in neuroscience, developmental biology, and genomics. In her subsequent 10 years as a freelance grant consultant/writer, she has provided scientific strategic consulting and grant-writing support to biotechnology industry and university investigators in a wide range of fields, from trypanosome pharmacogenomics to cancer drug development to medical applications of virtual reality. Dr. Leblanc has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Fall SBIR Grantwriting Workshop at UCSF

Where & When

Room 1400, Mission Hall, UCSF Mission Bay
All classes are on Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm
Class dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 27, Dec. 18
Scroll down to buy tickets.

About the Workshop

This workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for the January 5, 2019 deadline. Taking the workshop you will learn how to craft an appropriate research plan, obtain persuasive letters of support, develop an efficient budget, and anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. Results from past attendees indicate that taking this course triples your chances of success. The workshop culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.

One or more team members (up to 3) from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

The course includes six working sessions and a pre-submission review of your Specific Aims page by our course instructors.

(The Oct. 23 class is guest talk & interactive workshop on Specific Aims page)

Topics

  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of an SBIR grant

  • Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)

  • Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities description, research plan, etc.)

  • Strategies for designing your specific aims

  • Budget strategies and restrictions

  • Complete and convincing budget justifications

  • Documentation required to use human samples, human subjects and vertebrate animals

  • What makes a competitive proposal

  • Common mistakes that applicants make

  • Filing in forms and submission process

  • Re-submission if your grant is not funded

  • Phase II SBIR applications

  • Searching for program announcements and finding non-dilutive funding opportunities

Instructors

Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer
Ioana Aanei, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, QB3
Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Marketing & Communications, QB3

Register Now

Please note that if you wish to request a refund we require notice of cancellation 48 hours in advance of the first session.

Fee Structure

General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $150

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Shauna Farr-Jones, Ph.D., has a record of writing successful government grant and contract proposals on diverse life science topics, providing strategic input on both research and business plans. She has helped companies secure over $200 million in grant and contract funding from numerous government and philanthropic organizations, including BARDA, NIH, DTRA, USDA, DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For 17 years, she has consulted for life science companies and universities, identifying funding opportunities, preparing research plans, marketing plans, technical reports INDs, NDAs, white papers and proposals. She is also the Project Manager of the Antibody Technology Research Center at UCSF. Previously, she was Senior Writer at BioCentury Publications, where she analyzed and wrote about the biotechnology industry. She was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University.

QB3 NIH SBIR 2-part workshop for Sept. 5 deadline

Get expert help with your SBIR application from professional grant writer Shauna Farr-Jones so you can submit with confidence for the September 5th NIH SBIR deadline. Join our upcoming short-form workshop: two highly interactive sessions addressing any questions you have regarding content, forms, budget and logistics.

Session 1: 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Tuesday, August 7
Session 2: 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Tuesday, August 21

Both sessions will be held in Room 2110, Mission Hall, 550 16th St., UCSF Mission Bay.

Session 1 will focus on the research plan, budget and justification, bios, facilities, letters, human subjects and vertebrate animals.

Session 2 will cover how to re-submit a rejected application and dealing with forms and submission.

Bring your draft application and email questions to Shauna in advance. The workshop is intended for founders who have already registered their companies at SAM.gov.

About the Instructor

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Shauna Farr-Jones, Ph.D., has a record of writing successful government grant and contract proposals on diverse life science topics, providing strategic input on both research and business plans. She has helped companies secure over $200 million in grant and contract funding from numerous government and philanthropic organizations, including BARDA, NIH, DTRA, USDA, DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For 17 years, she has consulted for life science companies and universities, identifying funding opportunities, preparing research plans, marketing plans, technical reports INDs, NDAs, white papers and proposals. She is also the Project Manager of the Antibody Technology Research Center at UCSF. Previously, she was Senior Writer at BioCentury Publications, where she analyzed and wrote about the biotechnology industry. She was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University.

The Fifth Annual Rosenman Symposium on Health Technologies

The annual Rosenman Symposium is the premier event for the San Francisco Bay Area's health technology community. Join us to learn from leaders in the health technology industry, meet dynamic startups, and connect with hundreds of players in the Bay Area ecosystem.

For full information and registration, visit the symposium webpage on the Rosenman Institute website.

Agenda

Welcoming Remarks: Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, UCSF

Featured Speakers:

  • Benson Smith, Chairman, Teleflex

  • Tejal Desai, Chair, Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, UC San Francisco

  • Joe DeSimone, CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon

  • Jeffrey Shuren, Director, Center for Devices & Radiological Health, FDA

  • Andrew Thompson, CEO, Proteus Digital Health

 
Panel Discussion: "The Future of Innovation in Health Technologies: Aligning All the Stakeholders"

Moderator: Josh Makower, General Partner, NEA

Panel Members:

  • Tim Homer, VP Health Policy, Market Access & Government Affairs, iRhythm

  • Wende Hutton, General Partner, Canaan Partners

  • Kate Rosenbluth, CEO & Co-Founder, Cala Health

  • Jeffrey Shuren, Director, Center for Devices & Radiological Health, FDA

  • Renee Compton Ryan, VP, Venture Investments, J&J Innovation

 
With presentations by the 10 startup companies selected as the 2018 cohort of the Rosenman Innovators.
 
Reception to follow.

SBIR Workshop, UC San Francisco (six sessions from Feb. 1 to Mar. 29)

Schedule

All classes are on Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm in Room S202, Genentech Hall.
Class dates: Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Mar. 1, Mar. 15, Mar. 29

This workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for the April 5, 2018 deadline. Taking the workshop you will learn how to craft an appropriate research plan, obtain persuasive letters of support, develop an efficient budget, and anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. Results from past attendees indicate that taking this course triples your chances of success. The workshop culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.

One or more team members (up to 3) from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

The course includes six working sessions and a pre-submission review of your Specific Aims page by our course instructors.

(Feb. 15 class is guest talk & interactive workshop on Specific Aims page)

Topics

  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of an SBIR grant

  • Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)

  • Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities description, research plan, etc.)

  • Strategies for designing your specific aims

  • Budget strategies and restrictions

  • Complete and convincing budget justifications

  • Documentation required to use human samples, human subjects and vertebrate animals

  • What makes a competitive proposal

  • Common mistakes that applicants make

  • Filing in forms and submission process

  • Re-submission if your grant is not funded

  • Phase II SBIR applications

  • Searching for program announcements and finding non-dilutive funding opportunities

Instructors
Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer
Ioana Aanei, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, QB3
Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Marketing & Communications, QB3

Fee Structure
General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $150

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Shauna Farr-Jones, Ph.D., has a record of writing successful government grant and contract proposals on diverse life science topics, providing strategic input on both research and business plans. She has helped companies secure over $200 million in grant and contract funding from numerous government and philanthropic organizations, including BARDA, NIH, DTRA, USDA, DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For 17 years, she has consulted for life science companies and universities, identifying funding opportunities, preparing research plans, marketing plans, technical reports INDs, NDAs, white papers and proposals. She is also the Project Manager of the Antibody Technology Research Center at UCSF. Previously, she was Senior Writer at BioCentury Publications, where she analyzed and wrote about the biotechnology industry. She was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University.

SBIR Workshop, UC Berkeley (4 sessions from Oct. 4 to Nov. 1)

"The Art, Science, and Politics of Writing a Successful SBIR Proposal"

Schedule (all classes are on Wednesdays. Location is 177 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley)

Oct. 4, 2 - 5 pm
Oct. 11, 2 - 5 pm
Oct. 25, 2 - 5 pm
Nov. 1, 2 - 5 pm

Eventbrite - QB3 SBIR workshop at Berkeley, Fall 2017

The chances of your SBIR getting funded are vastly improved if your proposal is well written and packaged. In fact, many great ideas fail to get funded simply because of poor “grantsmanship.” In addition, first-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the grant submission and review process, and unsure about how to interact with funding agency staff.

This workshop will help you develop a compelling, well-organized research plan, and to explain your ideas in clear, engaging writing that will win over your reviewers. We will focus on the Research Plan sections of NIH and NSF SBIR proposals, and one full session will be devoted to helping you craft your Specific Aims (the most important section of your application). We will also provide guidance on filling out your budget, Biosketch and other forms, and tips on how to most effectively navigate the NIH and NSF application and review processes.

The workshop will consist of four 2.5 to 3 hour sessions. Specific topics to be covered will include:

  • Introduction to the NIH and NSF SBIR funding processes

  • Identifying funding opportunities

  • Developing a logical, compelling Research Plan

  • Facing and conquering the blank page

  • Writing for your reviewers

  • Instructor and peer feedback on your Specific Aims

  • Making the most of graphics

  • Electronic registration and submission

  • Communicating with NIH and NSF staff

This class is designed for applicants planning to submit for the December 2017 NSF deadline, the January 5 2018 NIH deadline, or later deadlines. The science writing skills taught in this class will serve you well in writing not only grant applications, but also manuscripts and public relations materials.

Fee Structure
General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $100

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

About the Instructor

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Gabrielle G. Leblanc, Ph.D. is a grant consultant and science writer with over 15 years of previous experience as both an NIH grant program director and an NIH- and NSF-funded PI. She has worked with numerous grant applicants in both academia and biotech, and as a science writer for NIH institutes, non-profit foundations, and the popular press. She has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University.

SBIR Workshop, UCSF (6 sessions from Sept. 26 to Dec. 19)

Schedule (all classes are on Tuesdays. Location is 212 Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay)

Sept. 26, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 10, 1 pm – 4 pm **Note different time slot!**
Oct. 24, 11 am – 2 pm Optional session on Specific Aims
Nov. 7, 11 am – 2 pm
Dec. 12, 11 am – 2 pm
Dec. 19, 11 am – 2 pm

Eventbrite - QB3 SBIR workshop at UCSF, Fall 2017

This workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for the January 5, 2018 deadline. Taking the workshop you will learn how to craft an appropriate research plan, obtain persuasive letters of support, develop an efficient budget, and anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. Results from past attendees indicate that taking this course triples your chances of success. The workshop culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.

One or more team members (up to 3) from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

The course includes five working sessions and a pre-submission review of specific aims by our course instructors.

Topics

  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of an SBIR grant

  • Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)

  • Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities description, research plan, etc.)

  • Strategies for designing your specific aims

  • Budget strategies and restrictions

  • Complete and convincing budget justifications

  • Documentation required to use human samples, human subjects and vertebrate animals

  • What makes a competitive proposal

  • Common mistakes that applicants make

  • Filing in forms and submission process

  • Re-submission if your grant is not funded

  • Phase II SBIR applications

  • Searching for program announcements and finding non-dilutive funding opportunities

Instructors
Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer
Ioana Aanei, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, QB3
Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Marketing & Communications, QB3

Fee Structure
General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $100

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.

The Fourth Annual Rosenman Symposium

At the Rosenman Institute we’re here to support medtech startups. We connect entrepreneurs to the resources and expertise they need to commercialize their technologies. Helping innovators forge connections is why we’ve brought our legendary symposium back for a fourth year. Join us in San Francisco on June 21 to learn from leaders in the field, meet CEOs of exciting early-stage companies, and get insight on how industry forms strategic partnerships with startups.

Agenda

1:00 pm Registration

1:30 pm Welcome: Christine Winoto, Deputy Director, QB3; Director, Rosenman Institute

1:35 pm Steve Hetts, UCSF: "Hitting Cancer Hard While Limiting Collateral Damage"

1:55 pm Showcase: 2017 Rosenman Innovators

2:05 pm Justin Roberts, Medtronic: "TAVR: Developing and Cultivating a Breakthrough Therapy"

2:25 pm Showcase: 2017 Rosenman Innovators

2:35 pm Break

3:00 pm Robert Gaunt, University of Pittsburgh: "Wired Brains: Technology & Neuroscience for Rehabilitation"

3:20 pm Showcase: 2017 Rosenman Innovators

3:30 pm Richard Rapoza, Abbott Vascular: "Unexpected Consequences in Clinical Trial Design"

3:50 pm Showcase: 2017 Rosenman Innovators

4:00 pm Break

4:30 pm Panel Discussion: "Game of Thrones: Strategic Acquisition in Medtech"
Lisa Suennen, GE Ventures (moderator)
Jennifer Kozak, Johnson & Johnson
Chris Eso, Medtronic
Virginia Giddings, Stryker

5:30 pm Reception