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NSBRI Industry Forum Launches SMARTCAP-Accel, a Grant Funding Opportunity to Catalyze Development of Products for Spaceflight
Date:6/11/2013

pace requires innovative medical solutions that may stall in the laboratory due to insufficient funding and a clear path to overcome regulatory hurdles," Donoviel explains. "The resources required to move a novel technology from 'bench to bedside' for space and Earth are significant and require expertise in science, medicine, engineering, and business," she added. "For all these reasons, it is critical that government, universities, and the private sector partner to develop promising technologies that meet a medical need for spaceflight and for Earth and that's what we are doing with SMARTCAP-Accel."

According to Dr. Ted Smith, Chief of Economic Growth and Innovation for the City of Louisville and a member of the NSBRI Industry Forum Steering Council, the program helps open up new thinking in a way that will benefit tax-payers. "The SMARTCAP program harnesses the creative energy in innovators and entrepreneurs out there that would never respond to a life sciences procurement opportunity," remarked Smith. "Essentially, the SMARTCAP and SMARTCAP-Accel programs are crowd-sourced problem solving, and that is probably the most tax-efficient thing we can do to generate effective, innovative solutions." He added, "Accelerators have become a major pathway for entrepreneurs to obtain capital and mentorship. These accelerators see hundreds of applications each cycle, and vet the opportunities - and NSBRI benefits from that pipeline of entrepreneurial refinement."

Successful SMARTCAP-Accel applications will be aimed at developing products that can better safeguard the health of humans working in space, as well as fulfill unmet medical needs on Earth.

The constraints on health care in space are similar to those experienced in remote or under-resourced regions on Earth. Technology solutions must be largely non-invasive, user-friendly for non-expert operators, compact, lightweight, and consume minim
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