To promote entrepreneurial engagement and education ASCEND will host a number of entrepreneurial events and promote other events of interest.  


ASCEND Commercialization Course

Learn the basics of biomedical commercialization! The ASCEND Hub hosted the Bridging the Gap: Commercialization virtual short course in October for faculty, staff, and students at academic institutions in the Western IDeA States. This four-week course covers overviews of these topics:

  • Commercialization Path
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Innovation Funding
  • Pitch Deck Preparation

We meet one hour a week to discuss what the participants learned on their own through ASCEND Hub webinars and suggested readings. Please contact Kathy Foster at with questions and inquiries about upcoming commercialization course cohorts.


NIH COVID-19 Website

The NIH has a new COVID-19 website with up to date information on the following:

  • Testing: Learn about NIH's efforts to create and distribute accurate, widely available COVID-19 tests.
  • Treatments and Vaccines: Discover how NIH is speeding the development of the most promising vaccines and treatments.
  • NIH Strategic Response: Explore NIH's cross-cutting strategies for supporting research, fostering innovation, and ensuring accessibility.
  • Clinical Trials: NIH wants to make sure that new vaccines and treatments work for everyone — not just for some. Learn more about clinical
    trials for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics and how you can participate in research. 
  • Funding: Get information on NIH-funded research on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2.

To access the site and for more detailed information, please click here.


NIH Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED)

NIH SEED supports the NIH innovator community in their efforts to validate the potential health impacts of promising scientific discoveries and advance them into healthcare products that improve patient care and enhance health. Developing products across the biomedical spectrum requires NIH’s collaboration with universities and research institutions, small businesses, trade associations and societies, angel investors, venture capitalists, and strategic partners. SEED leads initiatives that develop these relationships and build opportunities for NIH innovators to further their product development efforts.

To access the site and for more detailed information, please click here.


NIH Small Business Success Stories

The NIH SEED office has created a new website that highlights the products and services small businesses have developed with NIH support. The website works as a new interactive mapping tool to highlight the amazing stories of success that have come out of NIH small business investments. Now it’s easy to find stories from different parts of the country. You can look up stories by disease area, or even by the type of technology or product development stage! NIH funding and support helps create a solid foundation for small businesses, allowing them to pivot to address emerging public health needs like the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here to learn more!