NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Cancer Institute will pump $10 million in 2010 into Small Business Innovation Research Bridge Awards, which it will use to fund development of cancer diagnostics, therapies, and imaging technologies.

This funding program is used to help small businesses make their way through the funding gap referred to as the "valley of death" between the end of SBIR Phase II funding and later financing rounds that are necessary to move a product or service on toward the market.

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