On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), will hold a hearing entitled, “Reauthorization of the SBIR/STTR Programs – The Importance of Small Business Innovation to National and Economic Security.”
The hearing will examine the purpose of the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and why they are an effective way to meet national needs while jump starting entrepreneurs, growing our economy, and creating jobs. The hearing will focus on the successful increase of innovation and how the incentive to commercialize these technologies not only helps our country’s general economy but also national security. The SBIR/STTR programs are set to expire on September 30, 2017.
Invited witnesses include:
• Mr. Robert Smith, Director, Department of Navy SBIR/STTR Programs, Office of Naval Research
• Mr. John Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology, U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Investment and Innovation
• Mr. Robert Kline-Schoder, Ph.D., President, Creare LLC
• Mr. Jere W. Glover, Executive Director, Small Business Technology Council
• Mr. Roy Keller, Director, LA Technology Transfer Office, LSU Innovation Park at Louisiana Business & Technology Center