The HHS Office of Small Disadvantaged Business
Utilization director, Debbie Ridgely, has an office in the NIH Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management. The office collaborates with NIH contracting chief Diane Frasier to promote implementation of small business regulations and the achievement of small business
The office holds monthly vendor outreach sessions
at HHS headquarters, weekly vendor counseling sessions and training and monitoring
of program and contracting officials to promote the small business program.
In an effort to support acquisition planning, they developed and manage an electronic market
research database titled E-Portals in Commerce
(e-PIC), http://epic.od.nih.gov, which maintains capability statements for small and large businesses.
When forecasting your program requirements, the OSDBU suggests considering Vantus Technology
Corp., currently developing a system for design, virtual validation and production
of orthopedic implants for soldiers and aging veterans. Vantus has secured partnerships
with academic and commercial collaborators
and hopes to transfer its leadership in advanced manufacturing applications of medical
devices to NIH’s advancement of translational
research as it relates to telemedicine, osteosarcoma/osteoarthritis, pediatrics and gerontology.
While the NIH small business goal is 27 percent
for FY 2008, the OSDBU welcomes all requests for assistance from program and contracting
personnel to increase partnership with industry through use of small and disadvantaged
businesses. For more information call (301) 496-9639 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.