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HHS to Hold National Conference for Health IT Small Businesses; Matthew Portnoy Comments

HHS Health and Human ServicesThe Department of Health and Human Services will hold a conference in November for small companies that seek to access the health information technology market through more than $870 million in federal funds.

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, from Nov. 15 to 17 to discuss health research funding opportunities with the National Institutes of Health, NIH said Monday.

The SBIR and STTR programs aim to help women and socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs to participate in innovation efforts.

“This flagship SBIR/STTR event provides the chance for entrepreneurs and researchers to meet one-on-one with federal representatives, network with each other, and learn how the [NIH] helps small businesses forge new relationships that can help bring technologies and discoveries to market,” said Matthew Portnoy, NIH SBIR/STTR program coordinator.

Eliseo Perez-Stable, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will speak at the event, which will also feature interactive workshops and sessions by women-owned and minority-owned businesses.

State University System of Florida and the University of Central Florida will serve as co-hosts of the conference.

The “early bird” registration period runs through Aug. 31.

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