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Drs. Mukherji, Cooley team up to create Airway Armor™ 

Posted September 19, 2018: Drs. Mukherji and Cooley from the UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston have developed the Airway Armor™, a guard that keeps small objects from falling down a patient's throat during dental procedures. 

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NCATS STTR Funding Opportunities Open for Academic Researchers & Entrepreneurs

Posted May 24, 2018: The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health invites researchers at academic institutions to apply for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)  support to commercialize innovations. The next application deadline is Sept. 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m. local time. STTR programs are one of the largest sources of early-stage technology financing in the U.S.

NCATS is interested in the development of innovative tools, technologies and intervention (drug, device, diagnostic) platforms that would support the creation of novel therapeutics. The NCATS SBIR & STTR research priorities include:

The STTR program was designed to fund cooperative research and development projects involving a small business and a research institution, i.e., nonprofit college or university, federally funded research and development center, or domestic nonprofit research organization. Program support helps bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. Applicants can apply for Phase I or Phase II funding.

Phase I: 
The objective is to establish the technical merit and feasibility of the proposed research and development efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business prior to providing further federal support in Phase II.  Phase I support is typically $150,000 provided over a period of six months. However, with proper justification, applicants may propose longer periods of time and greater funding amounts necessary to establish the technical merit and feasibility of the proposed project, up $225,000 in total costs for one year.

Phase II:
 The objective is to continue the research and development efforts initiated in Phase I. Awards are typically $1 million over two years. With justification and a commercialization plan, applicants may propose funding up to $1.5 million in total costs.

Benefits of Applying:

Upcoming Events:

Questions? Visit the NCATS small business opportunities website and email to discuss potential project ideas and related questions.

TMCx Open 2018 Medical Device Cohort Application

Deadline: May 14, 2018


TMCx lowers barriers of access to the world's largest medical center, allowing startups to leverage our expansive network of advisors from the 21 Texas Medical Center hospitals and our tailored curriculum to clinically validate and find product-market fit for their solutions. 

The TMCx Medical Device 2017 cohort of 19 startups raised $26M and had over 43 engagements with potentials customers in the form of pilots and agreements over the course of our three-month program.