Small Business Innovation Research Development Center,
National Cancer Institute, Department of Health and Human Services
Mr. M. Weingarten leads a team of nine Program Directors who manage all aspects of the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs including a portfolio of over $110M in grants and contracts annually. The SBIR & STTR programs are NCI’s engine of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. In his current role, Mr. Weingarten has implemented a set of key initiatives for optimizing the performance of the NCI SBIR Program at the NIH. These include the establishment of a new model at the NCI for managing the program – the SBIR Development Center. This Center is staffed with talented leaders from both industry and the NIH who have expertise in the development and commercialization of technology in the cancer field to optimize the returns the NCI achieves through this program. Under Mr. Weingarten’s leadership, the NCI SBIR Development Center has launched a range of new programs to facilitate the success of small businesses in the cancer space. The Phase II Bridge Award helps small businesses “bridge” the funding gap known as the “Valley of Death”. Now in its fifth year, the NCI has made sixteen Bridge awards for a total of $ 35M in NCI funding. These awards support projects in cancer imaging, molecular diagnostics, and drug development, including two projects that have advanced to Phase II clinical trials. Prior to joining the NIH, Mr. Weingarten was the manager of partnership development activities for NASA’s Technology Transfer program which included the SBIR program. In his 12 years with NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mr. Weingarten played a major role in the creation and design of NASA’s Technology Transfer program – a network of 10 NASA research centers and six regional technology transfer centers. Mr. Weingarten has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University in New York City.