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Rep. Ike Skelton and Other Defense & Small Business Experts Take the Stage at Tenth Annual Navy Opportunity Forum®
May 25, 2010 (01:05 PM EDT)


ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The tenth annual Navy Opportunity Forum®, a Strategic Source for Open Innovation, will be held June 7 - 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Va. Sponsored by the Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Office, this year's event will include presentations/displays by more than 200 Navy-funded small businesses and displays of several technologies developed by the Navy's Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTAs).

There will be a number of speakers/panels throughout the event to highlight topics of interest to both the Defense and SBIR communities. The list of  keynote speakers includes Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), chair of the House Armed Services Committee; Karen G. Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Chief of Naval Research; and Earl C. Wyatt, director of Rapid Fielding in the office of the director of Defense Research and Engineering.

Developed as part of a plan to accelerate the transition of technologies, products and services developed under the Navy SBIR program,  the Forum provides attendees,  including prime contractors, 1st and 2nd tier suppliers, equity investors,  Congressional staff and government acquisition officers, the opportunity to preview hundreds of cutting-edge technologies over the course of just three days. SBIR firms display their technology in the Exhibit Hall and give detailed presentations to interested event attendees. Several additional networking opportunities will also be available throughout the event.  

The event is free, but registration is limited to large firms, investors, congressional staff and government acquisition officers. Visit navyopportunityforum.com or call (585) 617-9465 for more information. Members of the media are welcome and can schedule/conduct interviews on site by visiting the Info Booth or calling (585) 617-6200.

About the Navy SBIR Program Office

The SBIR program, established by Congress in 1982, has a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns in federally-funded research or research and development. While the Navy SBIR program is a component of the Department of Defense SBIR program, the Navy's program is targeted at addressing the needs and areas of interest to the Navy and its System Commands. For additional information, visit www.navysbir.com.

SOURCE Navy SBIR Program Office