Funding for biomedical technologies for preclinical development can be difficult to identify and difficult to obtain. ASCEND will help biomedical innovators in the Western IDeA states navigate this process through training events, advising, and biomedical pitches.

Biomedical Pitches

ASCEND hosts a yearly pitch in front of industry experts and biomedical investors. Technologies and companies will be selected for the Biomedical Pitch competition. In order to be considered technologies and companies have to first go through ASCEND Business Advising.

The 2019 Biomedical Pitch Competition will be held in Seattle Washington on June 26th, 2019.


SBIR and STTR grants are an effective way for biomedical technologies to obtain non-dilutive funding. ASCEND has partnered with New Mexico State University to host an online NIH SBIR/STTR preparation cohort.

Additional SBIR/STTR preparation resources can be found on the Entrepreneurial Resource Database.

More details and dates to come.