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AEDC to host Research and Technology Commercialization Workshop

Attendees will learn how to take technology from research lab to market

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 23, 2017) – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s (AEDC) Division of Science and Technology will host a Research and Technology Commercialization Workshop Tuesday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arkansas State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center, 319 University Loop West, in Jonesboro. Representatives from Arkansas’ National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Arkansas NSF EPSCoR) will discuss federal funding programs for entrepreneurs taking technology from the research lab to market. Topics will include an introduction to SBIR/STTR programs as well as commercialization success stories.

Presenters for the workshop include Rebecca Norman, innovation consultant for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, and Dr. Elizabeth Hood, CEO of Infinite Enzymes and Infinite Eversole Strategic Crop Services.

“The technologies being developed by our research partners today will be vital to our economic health in the future,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston. “We want to do everything possible to nurture today’s budding entrepreneurs into tomorrow’s vibrant business owners.”

The workshop is free to the public and lunch will be provided for those who register by June 15. Registration and an agenda for the event can be found at http://tinyurl.com/epscor620

The Arkansas NSF EPSCoR program is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, statewide grant program leveraging $24 million over five years to expand research, workforce development, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational outreach in Arkansas. The program is administered by AEDC’s Division of Science and Technology to maximize resources available to support the advancement of STEM in Arkansas. For more information about AEDC’s Division of Science and Technology, visit www.ArkansasEDC.com.