Louisiana Technology Transfer Office’s Roy Keller Receives National Innovation Award
BATON ROUGE – Roy Keller, director of the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office located in LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center, has been named a recipient of the Champion of Small Business Innovation Award. The Small Business Technology Council formally announced the award Feb. 2.
According to SBTC, Keller was selected because he contributed to the Small Business Innovation Research reauthorization efforts. These efforts led to the SBIR reauthorization bill passage, which President Obama signed at the end of 2011.
“It was crucial to Louisiana that the SBIR program be reauthorized since it represents one of the largest sources of seed funding for our technology based small business,” Keller said.
SBTC members nominated individuals most deserving of this recognition, and the SBTC board reviewed those nominations to select winners. This award is meant to identify and recognize those whose contributions were well above normal efforts.
The SBTC board will host an awards ceremony for winners of this award at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in conjunction with the annual National Small Business Association Board Meeting.
The Louisiana Business & Technology Center, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, endeavors to enhance economic development in Louisiana through the support of existing small businesses and the development of new businesses. Established in 1988, the LBTC’s highly successful business incubator program has been honored as the National Business Incubator Association’s Incubator of the Year. For more information, visit www.business.lsu.edu/lbtc or call 225-578-7555.