In June 2016, DBM’s Dr. Erik Schwiebert and Dr. John Streiff, with support from our long-time consultant, Dr. Douglas Hay, traveled to San Francisco to participate in the annual BIO International Meeting. There, DBM met with over 40 companies within and outside the BIO Partnering Forum. The NIH NIDDK also nominated and supported DBM at the convention with an Exhibit Kiosk in the NIH Innovation Zone. DBM was humbled and grateful for this opportunity. DBM was also an active partner in the BioAlabama exhibit.
Additionally, DBM was nominated by the NIH NDDK to participate in the Annual 2016 Bio Investor forum. And, in October, DBM traveled to San Francisco, once again, to present the results from an in vivo study with lead compounds from its Metabolic R&D program. DBM’s presentation was well received and its presence made possible by an NIDDK administrative supplement to an active SBIR award for registration and travel funds. DBM’s Dr. Schwiebert declared that “DBM continues to be honored and grateful for the deep support from the NIDDK in our partnering and business development efforts.”
Over the past year, DBM has been host to productive and outstanding interns. UAB students Cherie Verbal, Ophelia Johnson, and Albert Nakayama performed active work for DBM part-time from January through August 2016. Albert is continuing work with DBM going forward for the next 6-9 months as nearly full-time employee at present. These outstanding student interns were part of a Master’s program in Biomedical Engineering at UAB focused on Design and Commercialization. DBM is assisting Cherie in finding employment in the Huntsville area, while DBM is supporting in part Ophelia’s time in London where she has a prestigious fellowship in biomedical engineering and commercialization. In addition to this, DBM hosted 9 UAB Ph.D. students in exposure and immersion experiences at DBM and has identified a handful of promising candidates to join us and/or allied companies that we are helping as new startups.