Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lenka Fedorkova is the Founder and CEO of bioPrime, LLC, which is dedicated to facilitating and promoting commercialization of early-stage biomedical innovations and helping entrepreneurs secure NIH funding through the SBIR/STTR programs. Dr. Fedorkova is a former manager and coordinator of the NIH SBIR/STTR programs across the agency's 24 funding Institutes and Centers, where she ran NIH's flagship Commercialization Assistance Program. She spearheaded the development of funding programs, including the Commercialization Readiness Program, I-Corps assistance program, Innovation Zone, which is a technology showcased partnered with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, amongst other initiaitves. Notably, she has directly worked with many successful NIH awardees on developing successful commercialization strategies. Dr. Lenka Federkova will share practical tips and lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs to help them effectively navigate through and understand NIH's research priorities, funding options, the review process, and important due diligence strategies for preparing a competitive application for SBIR/STTR programs and beyond.

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Pat's Ballroom, Havener Center.

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To increase collaboration and clinical research at PCRMC and Missouri S&T

Online registration

Please register for the symposium through this link. You are welcome to join the event regardless of your abstract contribution. We request that all prospective attendees register online, since name badges, breaks and lunch will be provided.

Date and Time

Saturday, August 19, 2017. 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


St. Pat’s Ballroom, Havener Center, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO.
Parking is available in any lot on campus during Saturday's event.

Abstract deadline

Thursday, July 15 at 11:59 p.m. CT

Faculty and student abstract format for poster presentation

Attendees, particularly faculty and students, are strongly encouraged to bring their posters and present them at the poster session. All accepted abstracts will be included in the symposium program for networking and collaboration.

Poster Presentation: There is no particular format for the poster (normally 3 ft x 4 ft size) preferably with the same title as that of abstract. Please submit a one page pdf describing your research expertise and/or areas of interest for collaboration. Abstract should include the following:

  1. Title of current or potential collaborative project
  2. Name, rank and affiliation (S&T or PCRMC) (URL, if any)
  3. Synopsis of current or potential collaborative project (one paragraph, no more than 1/4 page)
  4. Brief biography (one paragraph, no more than 1/4 page)
  5. Potential contribution and needs (one paragraph, no more than 1/4 page) describing the following:
    1. How your research can contribute to biomedical applications
    2. Your research needs (e.g., clinical data/samples, equipment/facility, computational tools/techniques, existing collaborators and/or expertise anticipated, etc.).

Please submit your abstract here

You are welcome to join the event if you do not submit a poster abstract but registration is required.

Clinician abstract format

One paragraph (about 200 words) PDF. All accepted abstracts will be included in the symposium program for networking and collaboration.

  1. Name, rank and affiliation (URL, if any)
  2. Brief biography
  3. Background/skills
  4. Current clinical practices with patient population seen (if applicable)
  5. Areas of interest for collaboration

Please submit your abstract here


Tentative program

The introduction will be followed by the keynote presentation “Accessing NIH’s Research Dollars: An Insider’s Perspective on Funding Options and Strategies” by Lenka Fedorkova, PhD (see below). OBI REC grant recipients will then present their research (75 min). A poster session showcasing research and collaborative opportunities at Missouri S&T and PCRMC will be held (90 min including lunch hour). Finally, the symposium will conclude after a series of image processing presentations (90 min) since the OBIRS has been merged with the Image Processing Symposium this year.

Feel free to contact the symposium co-chairs, William Stoecker, MD ( and Nuran Ercal, MD, Ph.D. (, with any questions.