COE HEALTH Center of Excellence for Health and
Life Sciences

COE – Health

Center of Excellence for Health Care and Life Sciences


Widener SBDC (WDSBDC) received additional COVID-19 stimulus funds to build capacity, to support the healthcare delivery system and small healthcare manufacturing for supply chain needs. We anticipate this added capacity will be used during COVID-19 and beyond the period of supplemental funding and it will help create sustainable jobs for the state.

Key activities

  • Assist medium to large institutions in creating “quick win” innovation by harnessing the talent and insights of front-line staff so that concepts can be quickly vetted and where appropriate move rapidly to commercialization.
  • Assist H&LS entrepreneurs working outside of institutions with getting access to institutional support to validate and refine concepts.
  • Assist H&LS entrepreneurs understand the existing mechanisms for healthcare supply chains and assisting entrepreneurs with market access.


Consulting Team

Tim Daniel

Coach & Instructor

Widener SBDC Growth Academy | COE Health**

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Joseph Mazzarella

Coach & Instructor

Widener SBDC Growth Academy | COE Health**

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Marc Kramer

Venture Capital Consultant

Widener SBDC Growth Academy | COE Health**

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Bruce Downing, PhD.

Government Procurement Specialist

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

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Training: Webinars & Masterclasses

COE Health & Life Sciences: Customer Validation

2021-11-05T11:39:29-04:00Webinar-On-Demand| Customer validation is an integral part of developing your business and product. We will learn how to gather high-quality information from your early adopters and test your premises. Learn how the best companies use trials to create world-changing products. After this class, you will have a practical path to improving your product and getting to market.|

COE Health & Life Science: Meet the Founders Lunch & Learn

2021-11-08T14:16:31-05:00Webinar-On-Demand| Grab a lunch and join us in a lunchtime discussion with health and life science founders and learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly of starting your business in the healthcare space. We will also discuss the challenges that are currently facing healthcare startups. |

COE Health: Funding 101

2021-11-08T13:05:42-05:00Webinar-On-Demand| In this webinar, we will discuss obtaining funding from government grants (SBIR/STTR), SBA-backed loans, and equity investors. We will also examine each loan process and discuss the requirements when evaluating a company for investment.|

COE: Healthcare Regulations and Reimbursement

2022-01-11T10:09:24-05:00Webinar-On-Demand| The burdensome regulations and life or death nature of medical devices cause many healthcare startups to fail. You can reduce this risk by learning how the system works and the most effective ways to navigate regulations.|

COE Health & Life Science: Go-To-Market Strategy

2022-01-11T11:51:35-05:00Webinar-On-Demand| Are your prototypes ready to be delivered to your early adopter customers? Are customers prepared to give references to validate your value proposition? Join us on a step-by-step journey through developing your essential go-to-market strategy. Learn how to identify and develop a loyal customer base whose insights will propel you up the ladder to beachhead customers and beyond. Learn how to swim in the blue ocean where competition is about being unique, not just being the best.|

COE Health & Life Science: Lunch & Learn with Roxie Mooney of Legacy DNA

2022-01-11T14:15:24-05:00Webinar-On-Demand| Grab your lunch and join us online with the author of How Health Innovators Maximize Market Success, and Executive Producer/Host of the Healthcare Innovators Podcast, Roxie Mooney. She is going to show us how she helps health innovators make winning decisions, reduce the risk of failure, and unlock their most profitable market strategy from concept to high-growth|

COE: Customer Discovery: Health & Life Sciences Center of Excellence Masterclass

2022-01-11T12:21:41-05:00Webinar-On-Demand| Customer Discovery results in Strong Value Propositions which leads to Great Companies: Every startup should be questioning their core business assumptions, whether you are an established startup looking to expand, or an early innovator, customer discovery can remove your biases and enable evidence-based decision making. |




Research Tools

Business Valuation Services

2021-11-19T15:41:11-05:00Business Valuation Services| This product will generate a list of names, phone numbers, email addresses, and much more that will guide you along your business journey. This information can be used to identify new customers, suppliers, and professional mentors.|

Industry Financial Report

2021-10-21T15:37:45-04:00Industry Financial Report| This product helps people are looking for basic facts and statistics about the financial health of certain industries. You’ll be able to analyze the competitive and nature of the industry and apply some of the numbers to a well-researched business plan or loan application.|


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Virtual Masterclass
Webinar Library

CARES ACT Reporting Metrics from (4/1/2020 to 6/30/2021)

Learn more about the PASBDC Response to COVID-19 CARES Act

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development was awarded a CARES Act funding grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small-business owners. Nine out of 16 centers prepared proposals to build capacity to provide specific services to all small businesses in Pennsylvania. Funding was set aside to award these proposed “Centers of Excellence” in special recognition for creative programming and collaboration to provide industry sector specific specialized programs and services to industries and core areas most severally impacted in the Commonwealth.

These nine centers created partnership initiatives to expand specific industry sector education, training and business advising to address the issues faced by small businesses as a result of the pandemic.

Learn more by clicking here: http://www.pasbdc.org/about-us/centersofexcellence

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