New Mexico SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Event Opens

8:30 a.m.

Welcome Address

  • Dan Arvizu; Chancellor, New Mexico State University

8:40 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • Robert L. Smith; Director, Department of the Navy SBIR/STTR programs

9:25 a.m.


Tales from the Front Lines: SBIR/STTR Awardees

The SBIR/STTR programs are one of the best opportunities for small businesses to fund their innovative idea. But navigating the programs can be tricky, as requirements vary greatly for each agency. What is the scope, and why is it important to your project? What do you need to budget for? What do you highlight in the technical narrative? In this panel, get answers to these questions and learn some tips and tricks for a successful proposal as you hear from award winners and government agency representatives. There will also be the opportunity for Q&A from the audience.


  • Moderator: Britany Sickler; Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, Office of Investment and Innovation, SBA
  • Panelist: Doug Goodman; Johnson Space Center Tech Transfer Group, NASA
  • Panelist: Cliff Hudson; CEO, Emerging Technology Ventures Inc.
  • Panelist: Dan Suhr; Director of Research and Development, Independent Platform, LLC
  • Panelist: Simon Woodruff; President, Woodruff Scientific, Inc

10:40 a.m.

Expo Hall Break

11:00 a.m.


Data Rights and SBIR/STTR: What you need to know

By policy directive, small businesses secure data rights on their SBIR/STTR awards for a period of 20 years. However, the government retains a royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work for Federal purposes and to authorize others to do so. In reality, what does that mean for awardees? What do they need to be aware of for future protections on their intellectual property? In this panel, hear from small businesses that have navigated this process, IP attorneys who have helped people navigate these waters, and representatives from the USPTO.


  • Moderator: Patricia Knighten; Director of Innovation Commercialization, Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University
  • Panelist: Eric Blatt; Associate, Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.
  • Panelist: Dr. Bill Goodman; President & CEO, Goodman Technologies, LLC
  • Panelist: Richard McNamara; Department of the Navy
  • Panelist: Hope Shimabuku; Regional Director, Texas Regional USPTO

12:15 p.m.

Working Lunch

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Panel

Securing third party investment for your innovation

Third-party investment is a key for many awardees in moving beyond a Phase II award but finding investors and pitching your company/product to them can be difficult; often times there is still an inherent risk for potential investors as the solution has not been scaled for production or live demonstrated for potential customers. Hear from three investment professionals on how to approach third-party investment, what to highlight in pitches to VC/angels, and the benefits of bringing investors into the conversation early.


  • Moderator: Carlos Murguia; Associate Fund Manager & Investment Committee Observer; Arrowhead Innovation Fund
  • Panelist: Beto Pallares; Managing Director, President & Chair, Audit Committee Member, Investment Committee Member; Arrowhead Innovation Fund
  • Panelist: Dorian Rader; Managing Partner; OneTen Capital
  • Panelist: Drew Tulchin; President; New Mexico Angels

1:30 p.m.


Evolution of SBIR/STTR Programs: Staying responsive

Across all participating agencies, the SBIR and STTR programs continue to shift to respond to critical needs in the innovation ecosystem. But additionally, many of these changes have also responded to changing business needs over the history of these programs. The past few years have seen some striking evolutions for a few agencies. In this panel, hear about some of the changes these programs have gone through, agencies that have radically revolutionized their processes, and administrative imperatives that will continue to shape these programs in the years to come.


  • Moderator: Karen Medina; Procurement Advisor, New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NM PTAC)
  • Panelist: Dr. Henry Ahn; National Science Foundation
  • Panelist: Jim Greenwood; Principal, Greenwood Consulting Group
  • Panelist: Elden Hawkes; Partnership and Innovation Specialist, Office of Investment and Innovation, SBA
  • Panelist: Dr. Matt Willis; Director for Army Prize Competitions & the Army Applied SBIR Program, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology (DASA(RT))

2:30 p.m.

Expo Hall Break

2:50 p.m.



Exploring what’s new in the DoD SBIR/STTR programs

What is on the horizon for the Department of Defense in terms of SBIR/STTR opportunities? Hear from representatives for the Department of Navy, United States Air Force, and Department of the Army in this focused panel on their upcoming topics and solicitation cycles.

  • Navy program managers

  • Army program managers

  • Air Force program managers

4:20 p.m.


Closing Remarks

This event is an initiative of the NM FAST program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration

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This event is an initiative of the NM FAST Partnership Program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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