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SBIRs, business know-how help startup companies

Posted: Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

SDSU postdoctoral researcher Bishnu Karki removes a sample of soybean meal from the 5-liter reactors for analysis each day. The meal has been treated to transform complex sugars into protein. Multiple SBIRs have supported Prairie AquaTech’s goal of using soybean meal as a protein component in commercial fish feed. SDSU photo.

BROOKINGS – Breast cancer survivors, commercial fish producers and solar cell companies may benefit from technologies developed at South Dakota State University and commercialized through area startup companies. But the journey can be difficult.

Small businesses produce 16 times more patents per employee than larger firms, according to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy. But only about half of these fledgling firms survive for five years or more.

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