On June 16, 2021 New Equilibrium Biosciences reported it has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) for [$$$ AMOUNT] to conduct research and development (R&D) work on drug candidates that regulate intrinsically disordered proteins implicated in cancers and neurodegenerative disorders (Press release, New Equilibrium Biosciences, JUN 16, 2021, View Source [SID1234584055]).
New Equilibrium Biosciences is dedicated to developing new medicines through cutting edge sciences and cross-disciplinary collaborates. New Equilibrium combines big data, artificial intelligence, and biophysical experiments to accurately visualize the many different conformations that IDP’s, a class of shapeshifting proteins, may adopt. The overarching motivations for this work is to benefit the greater good by specifically targeting and drugging malfunction IDPs to restore normal cell function in those with cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.
"NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering," said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. "With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs."
Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $256,000), it becomes
eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $1,000,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants
are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party
investment or sales.
Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if
they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of
commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Small businesses with
innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply.
All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program, also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process. To learn more about
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About the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Programs: America’s Seed Fund
powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming
scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups
working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.75 million to
support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success.
America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about
$8.1 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and