Christie Canaria, PhD

Program Manager in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center

Dr. Christie Canaria is a Program Manager in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She provides programmatic support to small businesses applying to the SBIR and STTR programs and has areas of expertise in biological imaging, biosensors, and nanotechnology. Dr. Canaria is a central figure in planning special center initiatives, conducting outreach activities, and coordinating communications. She provides program oversight for Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) at NIH, a program designed to support training to help project teams at NIH-funded small businesses overcome key obstacles along the path of innovation and commercialization.

In 2013, Dr. Canaria was awarded the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship and began science policy work in Washington, DC. Previously, she managed an optical microscopy facility at DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as an imaging expert and neurobiologist; she was also a coordinator and imaging expert at the Caltech Biological Imaging Center where she developed advanced, multi-dimensional and time-lapse confocal imaging techniques. Dr. Canaria also worked in industry, expanding and optimizing surface chemistry and imaging processes for genome sequencing technologies. Dr. Canaria earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

My Sessions

Commercialization Assistance Programs: I-Corps, Niche, and CAP

Coronado Room

You thought being selected for an award was difficult but getting to the market-place can be even more challenging. Biomedical research can take millions of dollars and 10+ years before a product reaches consumer hands. So how are you planning to get over this huge hurdle? NIH offers several assistance programs to help SBIR/STTR awardees […]


Advice to Applicants from Program Staff: Making the Most of the Conference

Coronado Room

NIH and CDC Program Staff provide important tips for applicants looking to apply to the SBIR/STTR programs. Come for an interactive session of honest advice and “myth-busting” straight from the source. Perfect for those new to NIH and the conference!