SOURCE: Southern California Biomedical Council

January 25, 2007 15:57 ET

SoCalBio Workshop to Help L.A.-Area Life-Science Entrepreneurs Tap Government Funding

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2007 -- The Southern California Biomedical Council (SCBC or SoCalBio) will hold a government funding workshop for local life-science entrepreneurs on Tuesday, January 30th from 8am - 3 pm at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) in Torrance.

The workshop will focus on best practices for tapping research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Army.

"While the workshop will explore a range of funding opportunities, the focus will be on helping Greater Los Angeles life-science entrepreneurs compete for a share of this year's $2 billion SBIR/STTR government funding pool," said SCBC President & CEO Ahmed A. Enany. "This is just one of a series of best-practice workshops offered by SCBC to meet the needs of emerging life-science companies throughout the region."

The workshop will feature presentations on funding and collaboration opportunities by:

--  Errol Arkilic, Ph.D., Program Manager, Division of Industrial
    Innovation and Partnerships, NSF
--  Dave D. Hood, MS, MBA, PMP, President, DH3 & Associates & Senior
    Advisor for the Principle Assistant for Acquisitions, US Army MRMC/TATRC
--  Gregory Milman, Ph.D., Director, Office for Innovation and Special
    Programs, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Allergy
    and Infectious Diseases, NIH, DHHS
    

In addition, the workshop will feature an interactive session with advice from the following entrepreneurs who have won numerous phase I & II grants:

--  Grant Bitter, Ph.D., President & CSO, BitTech (Westlake Village)
--  Cornelius Diamond, Ph.D., President & CEO, Prediction Sciences (San
    Diego)
--  Robert Lieberman, Ph.D., President & CEO, Intelligent Optical Systems
    (Torrance)
    

"Our objective is to equip even first-time applicants with the tools they need to not only write winning proposals, but to also utilize grants strategically to move R&D projects forward," Enany added. "SCBC thanks LA BioMed and Med Exec International for sponsoring this event and demonstrating their commitment to supporting the growth of L.A.'s life-science industry."

LA BioMed is located at 1124 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90502. More information about the January 30th government funding workshop is available on the SCBC web site at www.socalbio.org.

About the Southern California Biomedical Council (SCBC):

The Southern California Biomedical Council (SCBC or SoCalBio) is a nonprofit, member-supported trade association. Its mission is to promote and support life-science research, development, manufacturing, job creation and overall economic growth in Greater Los Angeles.

SCBC's programs assist local firms in accessing capital, potential partners and business support services. The annual SoCalBio Investor Conference is the region's premiere showcase for emerging life-science companies and technologies. SCBC also promotes technology transfer and workforce training, and educates policy makers and the public at large about the benefits of the life-science industry.

SCBC is open to membership by firms and organizations engaged in life-science technology development and commercialization. More information is available at www.socalbio.org.

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