The XLerator Network is one of four IDeA State Regions to receive a National Institutes of Health STTR award to create a Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hub. The networked “Hub”, born out of a partnership with the University of Kentucky, and 24 other academic institutional partners across the entire Southeast IDeA States region, was created to help accelerate the development and commercialization of scientific discoveries and technologies.
Last year, the XLerator Network began a new program that offered assistance to existing academic spin-offs and researchers who are working to create a startup. The SBIR 1:1 Support 10-week program provides mentorship and guidance on SBIR grant development and was created to help researchers and academic spin-offs align their product development strategies with SBIR opportunities at various institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Two Clemson University researchers have had the opportunity to participate in the SBIR/STTR 1:1 program. Dr. Terri Bruce, Director of the Light Imaging Facility at Clemson University, and Dr. Hai Yao, the Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, have both graduated from the program in the last two years.
The XLerator Network is now actively selecting researchers and entrepreneurs for the next cohort. To learn more about this program, and to apply, click here.