NH innovation: Seeking to marry small business, technology
Dean Kamen, president and CEO of DEKA Research and Development in Manchester, right, shares his concerns about leveling the playing field for patents between small and large companies after a Monday afternoon hearing on small business innovation with Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, left, and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. (DAVE SOLOMON/UNION LEADER)
Nathan Torbick, senior research scientist at Applied GeoSolutions in Durham, said the SBIR program was instrumental in his company's growth, but urged more consistency in the application process from one federal agency to another. "They all have their own hoops we have to jump through," he said.
"The value that the government can get from SBIR in developing innovative technology is phenomenal, in my opinion," said Jason Bundas, co-founder of QmagiQ, a small Nashua firm specializing in infrared technology. "The funding provided by SBIR has kept the development wheels turning."
Gray Chynoweth, chief operating officer at Dyn in Manchester, urged the senators to consider policies that would encourage educators to leave what he called the ivory tower and meet the needs of innovative businesses.
The chancellor of the state's community college system, Ross Gittell, described collaborative efforts between the community colleges and nearby employers to achieve that goal.
The hearing was not aimed at any pending bill in Congress, but could lead to legislative initiatives or policy recommendations. "I understand it's business not government that creates jobs," said Shaheen. "But government policy has a role to play."
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