High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for
Innovative and Outstanding Contributions
Cady Coleman to Keynote
WASHINGTON – The
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts
Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time -
three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
The 2015 Tibbetts Award
recipients will be formally honored in Washington, DC, on June 15 during a
White House ceremony featuring keynote speaker Cady Coleman, accomplished
scientist and NASA Astronaut noted for her six-month expedition to the
International Space Station. Tibbetts Awardees will also be honored at the June 16 kickoff of the National
SBIR/STTR Conference where thousands of the best and brightest in the
innovation ecosystem convene annually.
“I am so looking forward to celebrating
these entrepreneurs who are driving U.S. innovation in diverse and amazing ways
across the country,” said Javier Saade, SBA Associate Administrator for the
Office of Investment and Innovation. “This will be my second Tibbetts Awards
ceremony, and I can honestly tell you, on behalf of the SBIR/STTR family, it is
thrilling to be in the company of these visionaries developing and
commercializing technologies that strengthen our nation’s defense, improve the
health of our citizens, and enhance education.”
Named for the late Roland
Tibbetts, widely accredited as being the ‘Father’ of today’s SBIR/STTR
programs, the annual Tibbetts Awards are presented to leaders from all over the
United States who have been instrumental in supporting the success of the
programs and/or utilizing SBIR/STTR investment to develop an ‘idea’ into a
product or service that benefits the federal government’s research and
development needs, the general public’s wellbeing, and the nation’s economy
through technological innovation and the creation of high quality jobs –
sometimes in newly created industries.
The 2015 Tibbetts Awards
will go to the following small businesses that have excelled through SBIR/STTR
investment and to the individuals and supporting organizations that have
advanced the success of the SBIR/STTR programs without economic participation:
City & State
Computational Solutions Rome, N.Y.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Green Valley, Ariz.
Mountain View, Calif.
of the Fog Research Mountain View, Calif.
North Haven, Conn.
Communications, Inc Halethorpe, Md.
Inc Kirkland, Washington
Biopharmaceuticals Lexington, Ky.
College Park, Md.
Fort Belvoir, Va.
Launch Sausalito, Calif.
New Orleans, La.
About the Programs
SBIR/STTR programs represent the nation's largest source of early stage
research and development funding for small businesses. The programs are
administered by the SBA in collaboration with 11 federal agencies, which
collectively supported more than $2.5 billion in federal research and
development funding in fiscal year 2014. Additional information about each
program can be found at www.sbir.gov.
About the National Conference
The SBIR/STTR National Conference is held concurrently with the
TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo. The largest gathering of its
kind, attendees are able to interact with federal agency representatives,
industry leaders and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees to learn about accessing and
competing for SBIR/STTR investment, building strategic partnerships, and
creating commercialization strategies. Additional information on conference
opportunities can be found at http://nationalinnovationsummit.com/program/National_SBIR_Conference.html.
About the Road Tour
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to engage local
research and development small businesses, innovators, and researchers about
opportunities available through America’s Largest Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR
programs. Attendees are able to meet and interact directly with national and
state program managers and representatives from state- or locally- sponsored
support organizations. Additional information on SBIR Road Tour dates and
locations can be found at http://www.sbirroadtour.com/dates.php.