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Register for NCATS Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer Programs Webinar Jan 29

Do you need help getting your research ideas patented? You are invited to join a webinar co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET. Lili Portilla, director of the NCATS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, will provide insights to help biotech researchers and entrepreneurs understand intellectual property (IP) protection and navigate the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory approval pathways, which are steps required for the commercialization of new promising technologies. Ram Shukla, Ph.D., an expert Patent Examiner from the USPTO, will share the processes for protecting IP for small business owners, the role that the USPTO plays and resources the small business community should know about.

Small businesses and research entrepreneurs with novel technologies  will learn how to apply for patents, protect their IP rights and support commercialization in the translational science process. This webinar will also include a live Q&A session, where the speakers will get a chance to answer your questions and collect your feedback.



Ram Shukla, Ph.D.
Supervisory Patent Examiner
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Lili M. Portilla, M.P.A
Director, Office of Strategic Alliances & Small Business Programs
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Who Should Attend?

Individuals from the following groups are encouraged to attend:

  • Small biotech and/or health care technology businesses
  • Academic researchers
  • Technology transfer organizations
  • Women-owned and minority small businesses as well as entrepreneurs from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

 About NCATS

NCATS works to transform the translational science process so that new prevention, detection and treatment technologies can be delivered to patients faster. Through its SBIR and STTR programs, NCATS fosters small business participation in research and development (R&D) as well as private-sector technology commercialization. These programs are engines of innovation, offering grants, contracts and technical assistance to small businesses and research organizations.


USPTO is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The role of the USPTO is to grant patents for the protection of inventions and to register trademarks. It serves the interests of inventors and businesses with respect to their inventions and corporate products, and service identifications. It also advises and assists the President of the United States, the Secretary of Commerce, the bureaus and offices of the Department of Commerce, and other agencies of the government in matters involving all domestic and global aspects of “intellectual property.” Through the preservation, classification and dissemination of patent information, the Office promotes the industrial and technological progress of the nation and strengthens the economy.