TeVidoBioDevices-3DTeVido BioDevices, a company that prints nipples for breast reconstruction surgery using human cells and 3-D printers, has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant will go to fund more pre-clinical development of the company’s novel breast reconstruction program.

“The SBIR grant will enable TeVido to perform preclinical in vitro and in vivo studies for future regulatory filings supporting human clinical trials in patients undergoing breast reconstruction post-mastectomy,” according to a news release.

“We appreciate the continued NSF support of our mission to transform reconstructive options for survivors,” Laura Bosworth CEO and Co-founder of TeVido said in a news release. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s pink movement has been instrumental in driving early detection of breast cancer which has saved perhaps millions of lives. The SBIR grant program plays a vital role in assisting companies like ours to innovate the next frontier in reconstruction options for survivors aimed at improving their long term healing and quality of life. We are encouraged by the strides that are being made in early detection, and very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with NSF to achieve our vision of providing new hope to breast cancer survivors around the world.”

“The NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) supports some of the most promising US start-up companies,” Jesus Soriano, SBIR/STTR Program Director for Biomedical and Smart Health Technologies said in a news release. “Companies like TeVido are vetted by NSF’s rigorous merit review process, which seeks early-stage companies developing transformational technologies with high potential for significant societal and commercial impact. For decades, NSF SBIR companies have been helping to stimulate the U.S. economy and to improve lives.”

SBIR grants are a way for startups to get early stage funding. But Texas has traditionally lagged other large states in the number of grants awarded to companies here. SBIR programs are seeking to change that.

The Small Business Innovation Research program announced its Fall National SBIR/STTR “Defense Energy Summit and Innovation Showcase” to be held on Nov. 11-13 in Austin.

For more information on the SBIR/STTR program, entrepreneurs can register to attend its Fall National Conference at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Readers of Silicon Hill News can register for the conference at a 25 percent discount by using the code 14SHN25.

Also, the Small Business Development Center at Texas State University is hosting a Webinar with the Texas Entrepreneurs Network on Thursday, Oct. 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. It features Dr. Jeanette Hill, founder of Spot on Sciences and the winner of $2 million in SBIR grants.