19th Annual Non-Dilutive Funding Summit

The 19th Non-Dilutive Funding Summit brought together hundreds of life science industry leaders with representatives from some of the leading funding agencies including ARPA-H, SEED, NINDS, NHLBI, NIMHD, NCI and more, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more in-depth about what non-dilutive funding opportunities are available and relevant for their R&D directly from the funding agencies.

Additionally, the 2023 FreeMind Elite honorees from AmplifiDx, Sapience Therapeutics, Marker Therapeutics, and Vincere Biosciences took to the stage to present about their compies research and pipelines.

This free summit is hosted by the FreeMind Group. FreeMind helps companies secure non-dilutive funding for life science R&D and wins over $100 million each year for clients. Follow us on LinkedIn or get our newsletter for news about non-dilutive funding opportunities, announcements about conferences with the best partnering, and discounts for those conferences. The 20th Non-Dilutive Funding Summit will be January 8, 2025.

“Utilizing NIH SBIR Funding for Furthering Health Equity in Populations with Health Disparities”

National Institute of Minority Health and health Disparities (NIMHD)

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States. Established in 2000, NIMHD is dedicated to promoting minority health and reducing health disparities within diverse and underserved populations.

The institute focuses on advancing scientific knowledge and research to understand the complex factors contributing to health disparities, which are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions among specific population groups. These population groups often include racial and ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, and those living in underserved or marginalized communities.

NIMHD supports and conducts research that examines the social, environmental, behavioral, and biological determinants of health disparities. The ultimate goal is to develop effective interventions and strategies to eliminate these disparities and improve the health outcomes of all individuals, regardless of their background or socio-economic status.

CDR Michael Banyas

Senior Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and a Health Specialist, NIMHD

Commander Michael Banyas is a Senior Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and a Health Specialist in the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD). The mission of NIMHD is to lead the nation’s scientific research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. In his role, he is the Program Director for NIMHD’s SBIR/STTR program and oversees an award budget of almost $12.5 million and over 37 awardees. LCDR Banyas specializes in underserved health care and public health systems with a focus on implementation science. Previously, he served as Public Health Analyst in NIH’s All of Us Research Program, where he led the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Pilot Project and Co Led the Tribal Engagement Strategic, as well as operational process improvement.
Additionally, he served as a Project Officer in the Health Resources Services Administration for FQHCs and as the Communications Lead for the Office of Health IT and Quality. Additionally, he served as a Fellow on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s Health Policy subcommittee and has worked in three academic medical centers. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, a Masters in Public Administration in Health Management and Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, graduate work in health informatics from Columbia University, and a Masters of Arts at the U.S. Naval War College.