Commercialization Resources

The Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)

TREAT is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative consortium that provides infrastructure support and expert consultation to innovators interested in translation and commercialization of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. TREAT is part of the NIH R24 network of rehabilitation resource centers and offers a variety of education and training opportunities to clients. 

Applications for assistance and funding are accepted throughout the year. For further information, visit  or contact the consortium at

Entrepreneurial Finance Course for Biomedical Innovators

Learn how rigorous financial planning can help you navigate and mitigate risks for your small businesses and enhance your chances of success along the pathway to commercialization.

The purpose of this course is to present biomedical entrepreneurs with a detailed framework for building a step-wise, validated financial plan. Moving beyond the short-term perspective of immediate financing needs to a comprehensive, long-term financial plan will increase the probability of success for your venture. The primary learning objectives for this course are as follows:

  • Understand the importance of financial planning for your small business
  • Gain perspective on Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding within the broader context of your financial plan
  • Learn practical approaches to developing a long-term financial plan
  • Evaluate the various sources of funding
  • Examine the use of comparables in validating your financial plan

For more information and to access the online video modules, visit

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Resources

The FDA provides the following education materials for small businesses and members of industry:

Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) at NIH Program—for Phase I applicants

The goal of I-Corps™ is to accelerate the translation of biomedical research to the marketplace by training SBIR and STTR grantees in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Under this program, NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) foster the development of early-stage biomedical technologies by teaching researchers how to understand the value of their inventions in the marketplace, which ultimately helps advance these technologies from the research lab into the commercial world. This program is designed to complement activities within the scope of the parent SBIR Phase I (R43) or STTR Phase I (R41) grant or the Phase I portion of an SBIR/STTR Fast-Track grant (R43/R41, respectively) to help accelerate the commercialization of new products and services derived from NIH- and CDC-funded technical feasibility studies. Learn more about I-Corps™.

NIH Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)—for Phase II applicants

NIH CAP is a free specialized technical assistance program for SBIR Phase II awardees. CAP is designed to help promising, small, life science companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR-developed technologies into the marketplace. CAP applications are accepted once per year, usually in the fall. Learn more about CAP.

NIH Niche Assessment Program (NAP)—for Phase I applicants

The NIH NAP is a free nationwide program funded by NIH to help jump-start an SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee's commercialization efforts. Services are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, Rhode Island.

Foresight provides Technology Niche Analyses™ for 200 HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees. These analyses assess potential applications for a technology and then for one viable application, they provide an assessment of the:

  • Needs and concerns of end-users
  • Competing technologies and competing products
  • Competitive advantage of the SBIR-developed technology
  • Market size and potential market share (may include national and/or global markets)
  • Barriers to market entry (may include but are not limited to pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital requirements, etc.)
  • Market drivers
  • Status of market and industry trends
  • Potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners
  •  Price customers are likely to pay

Learn more about NAP.

Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC)

This grant program, from the FDA, supports the development of nonprofit consortia to stimulate projects promoting pediatric device development. The funded PDC help accelerate commercialization of safe and effective technologies for pediatric clinical care by connecting innovators with an extensive network of clinicians, researchers, technologists, and business development specialists located at institutions in their region.

Currently, FDA funds eight PDC across the country. Visit the PDC website for more information.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Resources

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