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The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP) Hub

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 4UT2GM130175-02
Agency Tracking Number: UT2GM130175
Amount: $3,176,285.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 500
Solicitation Number: GM18-001
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-31
Small Business Information
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1032
United States
DUNS: 009783874
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (734) 930-9741
Business Contact
Phone: (734) 930-9741
Research Institution
3901 RAINBOW BLVD, MS 1039
KANSAS CITY, KS 66160-8500
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Project Summary/Abstract
Despite the investment of billions of dollars in biomedical research each year from NIH, barriers remain in
effectively translating basic science discoveries from academia to commercial products that benefit
patients. These barriers include a funding gap between basic research and commercial developments, a
lack of knowledge by innovators on how to bring products to market, and a lack of sufficient
commercialization resources required for early-stage developments. To address this need, this project
will develop a five state biomedical technology transfer accelerator hub serving the Central Region IDeA
states (Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota). This accelerator hub will be
called the Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP) Hub. Led by BBC
Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting LLC (BBCetc) and the University of Kansas (KU), SHARP Hub
will implement a three-pronged approach to include a mentoring program, an entrepreneurial training
curriculum, and networking and outreach tools. These resources will be available to universities or
regional consortia to develop technology commercialization capacity in the health sciences. The long
term goal is creation of a self-sustaining, regional biomedical technology transfer accelerator that will
increase the number of biomedical technologies translated and new startups formed. In the first phase of
the project, we will use the extensive training experience of BBCetc and the life science expertise at KU
to build the leadership and governance framework of the accelerator hub, and establish the mentoring
program, training curricula, and networking infrastructure at KU. During the first phase, we will also build
relationships with targeted universities in the other four states of the Central Region, sign a memorandum
of understanding with these universities, and host a regional conference. In the second phase of the
project, we will roll out the mentoring program, training curricula and networking resources to the other
four states. During the second phase, we also aim to implement a grant program to selected pilot
projects using matching funds from outside of NIH dollars. To sustain SHARP Hub at the completion of
the second phase, we intend license materials and protocols to biomedical technology transfer offices at
universities nationwide with incremental services for a fee.Project Narrative
In this Fast-Track STTR project, BBCetc and the University of Kansas will develop a biomedical
technology transfer accelerator hub serving a network of institutions in the Central region IDeA states
(Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota). This hub will act as a regional
consortium to develop infrastructure and promote a collaborative entrepreneurial culture to effectively
translate basic science discoveries from academia into commercial products that benefit patients.

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