Advancing UT Southwestern's Research to Maximize Patient Benefit

The Office for Technology Development (OTD) supports and advances UT Southwestern as an elite driver of health care innovation and commercialization. The Office has six Commercialization Success Partners (CSPs) and two Assistant Directors of Technology Commercialization (ADCs) serving as liaisons to directly interact with faculty, Principal Investigators, researchers and the business development team to ensure timely, customer-focused communication and collaboration. Each CSP and/or ADC is assigned to specific departments at UT Southwestern to better serve researchers’ needs. Our team continually works to meet the needs of the complex research, technology development and commercialization relationships required to advance UT Southwestern’s innovative science into therapies that directly benefit patients.

Download list of department assignments and connect with your OTD Liaison.


Blackstone LaunchPad SBIR/STTR Seminars

OTD and Blackstone LaunchPad invite you all to two free webinars on the NIH and DOD SBIR and STTR programs, designed to give researchers the information they need to apply for these outstanding opportunities. The first webinar on July 14 focuses on NIH, and the second webinar on July 28 focuses on DOD opportunities. Presenting are Jim and Gail Greenwood, who have been involved with the SBIR program since its inception in 1983 and taught SBIR/STTR workshops in 48 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Jim Greenwood served as a commercialization reviewer for National Science Foundation’s SBIR and STTR programs, and is a coach for applicants participating in the Dept. of Energy’s Phase 0 program for newcomers to SBIR/STTR. Seminars are open to everyone.


This webinar begins with a quick overview of the SBIR and STTR programs, the largest source of technology and product development funding for small businesses in the US Government. It then shifts to the unique features and requirements of the SBIR/STTR programs at NIH, including an overview of the proposal requirements. The webinar ends with an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenter.

This webinar was presented on July 14th at 12 p.m. A recording will be available. Please contact Business Development at


Following a quick overview of the SBIR/STTR programs that provide over $3.5 billion to small and start up companies developing innovative products and services, this webinar transitions into the unique features of the SBIR/STTR programs at the Dept of Defense. The DOD discussion will include the new, out-of-cycle solicitations/BAAs of components like DARPA and Army. The webinar ends with an opportunity for participants to submit questions.

Register in advance for the DOD webinar on July 28 at 12 p.m. CST:

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The Blackstone LaunchPad Program is the front door to entrepreneurial tools, programs and resources on UT Southwestern's campus. Contact the Office for Technology Development at or call 214-648-1888 for more information.

Small Business Funding Opportunities from the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute Small Business Innovation Research Development Center (NCI SBIR) provides funding, networking, and mentoring assistance to small businesses with early-stage innovative cancer technology projects. NCI SBIR Program Director, Dr. Xing-Jian Lou, and Program Manager, Dr. Reema Railkar, will present funding opportunities and commercialization resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses on Thursday, July 29th from 10 - 11:30 a.m. CST. The presentation is appropriate for both established and emerging entrepreneurs in small businesses or academia interested in moving life science technologies to patients and/or the marketplace. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Overview of SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements
  • New and existing funding opportunities from NIH and NCI
  • Practical strategies on how to successfully submit competitive research proposals

The NCI SBIR staff are also available to meet with select researchers to discuss potential projects one-on-one following the event. Interested parties should submit specific aims and an executive summary by July 16th. Submissions should be limited to one page each. Find out more about the presentation here.

Register now for the virtual session here. Registration closes Thursday, July 22. Open to all faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs. For more information, Contact TMC | ACT or Business Development at

Pitch Your Startup Idea at the 2nd Annual UT Southwestern Pitch Competition!

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Submit your startup ideas at the 2nd Annual UT Southwestern Pitch Competition! Get professional guidance to refine commercialization strategies, build exposure to the investor community, strengthen strategic connections, gain assistance in developing pitch decks, and develop commercialization-focused milestones. Funding prize money of $100,000 is available. All faculty, staff, and students interested in getting professional guidance on commercialization-focused strategies and milestones are encouraged to participate. Inventions are due by July 30th and proposals are due by August 30, 2021. Find out more about the competition here.

Contact Business Development at if you have any questions about the competition.