The 2020 Winners
BioSensics is a global leader in development of wearable sensors and digital technologies for clinical trials and healthcare. Since its establishment, BioSensics has created new paradigms in using wearable sensors in healthcare and revolutionized the medical alert industry by creating technologies that are now being used by thousands of older adults.
Block’s LaserWarn™ product saves lives by providing early warning of a chemical attack on civilians or soldiers. Block’s LaserTune™ is sold to universities and corporate labs worldwide, leading to innovation in key research areas – from cancer pathology to graphene materials research, and wastewater treatment monitoring.
Blue Canyon Technologies literally took the world to Mars – and, with 79 cumulative orders from 45 different spacecraft programs, and an additional 70 ADCS for user-built spacecraft, the company’s growing Phase III success could be as infinite as the space frontier.
Colorado-based Braxton Technologies, LLC has grown to over 120 employees and a revenue of just over $37 million since its first SBIR award in 2013 by developing and commercializing a product line for spacecraft ground control systems and simulation of those same systems.
Prior to Endurica, tires had to be designed, produced & tested until they literally blew out in a long-winded, repetitive process. Endurica has revolutionized rubber product design to get durability right every time – reducing costs & keeping customers safer while they’re at it.
With a focus on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, Virginia-based Harmonia is no stranger to Phase III success – having seen over $74.6 million in funding, the company has grown from 25 employees at 1 location to more than 345 at 8 – and calls SBIR its foundation.
Orbit Logic specializes in software for scheduling & situational awareness for the aerospace & geospatial intelligence markets. Its off-the-shelf products, customized solutions, & services help create better plans faster with fewer resources & more insight for all mission phases.
Frustrated with the impracticality of conducting ECGs on his youngest patients, pediatric cardiologist Dr. Chang founded QT Medical to create a new system that has since identified countless cardiac conditions, from newborns to adults – not only enabling early treatment, but empowering at-home care.
As our world becomes increasingly connected & automated, each additional embedded device becomes a potential attack surface for threats. Red Balloon Security provides security allowing society to benefit from connected infrastructure – while substantially reducing the risks of doing so.
Maine-based RockStep hopes to help improve the success rate of drugs entering clinical trials with its flagship SaaS platform, Climb – allowing research teams to collaborate across sites with state-of-the-art tools that organize their work and data, and provide real-time awareness and better control of laboratory operations.
Sabel Systems is an 8(a) designated Economically Disadvantaged Minority Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) embracing technological innovation. Seeing a void in the market for an agnostic engineering environment, Sabel leveraged SBIR funds to rapidly provide its Digital Engineering Cloud®.
Ubiquitous Energy has successfully raised over $25M in funding from the private sector as it approaches full-scale commercialization of its transparent solar technology – the NSF SBIR program was critical in advancing the state of the technology and general transparent solar development.
UltraVision sees beyond industry-standard mammography to introduce a patent-pending ultrasonic method for breast cancer screening – potentially reducing the pain and cost associated with screening while increasing access to early and frequent screenings for the 1 in 8 U.S. women diagnosed in their lifetime.
Colorado-based Vita Inclinata was born of a tragic and unnecessary loss of life when a helicopter was unable to safely rescue a friend in cardiac arrest. Today, the company offers its Load Stability System across the DoD and around the world to bring people home.
Zeteo Tech’s mass spectrometry technology identifies airborne microbes, proteins and lipids, and can be used to screen for infectious diseases or for the identification of aerosolized bio-threats in near real-time ‒ allowing critical infrastructure protection & near real-time screening for disease at the point-of-care.
Dr. Boone has revolutionized prosthetics, blazed the trail for activity monitoring, and Orthocare Innovations’ StepWatch™ has become a gold standard for activity monitoring. He is a leader in the SBIR/STTR arena though his commitment to mentoring scientists and engineers.
Mr. Brescia managed the transition of technologies from a successful SBIR UAS project into a small robotic unmanned surface vessel, EMILY, resulting in a life-saving platform as well as sonar enhanced victim recovery capability for military and civilian overboard emergencies.
Mr. Hill’s focus is on making SBIR/STTR contract execution simpler, faster, and easier – while the number of awards has increased, Phase I time to award & time without funding between phases has decreased. Recently, CCOE executed 79 fully-funded Phase I contracts in just 23 days.
As a serial entrepreneur and SBIR ambassador, Dr. Syage is a leading expert in mass spectrometry and trace chemical detection who has not only seen Phase III success of $117M+ with his own businesses, but shared his expertise to help others in his community succeed alongside him.
Ms. Trotter has worked tirelessly throughout her career to ensure Tennessee entrepreneurs have an opportunity to be supported by and leverage SBIR funding to achieve commercialization. She advocates for entrepreneurs, ensuring their voices are heard at the Tennessee legislature.
As the founding Executive Director of the Tom Love Innovation Hub at OU, Mr. Wavering created OK Catalyst – providing networking, training and mentoring to entrepreneurs and small businesses in OK. Since 2018, OK Catalyst has helped 13 companies win $8.9 million in SBIR awards.
Over the past 18 years the program has assisted over 400 companies, trained more than 1,200 attendees, and $302 million has been awarded to Michigan companies directly served by the program.
In 2018 alone, BBCetc worked with SBIR/STTR applicants and support organizations in 32 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Since 2016, 73% of all Delaware-based technology companies receiving SBIR funds have been clients of the Delaware Small Business Development Center (DSBDC), and these clients received 86% of all SBIR/STTR funds awarded in the state. Since 2015, the DSBDC technology team has delivered over 1,800 hours of technical assistance to over 220 next generation technology businesses, 55% of which were women-or minority-owned, and 26% of which were clients from under- represented and rural areas.
LTTO has provided SBIR/STTR assistance to 1,000+ small companies, university faculty & entrepreneurs with 85 Phase I & II awards made to LA small businesses from 2016-2019 – Louisiana has doubled its Phase III success rate, securing $35 million in Phase III federal contracts.
MSU Foundation is part of the MSU Innovation Center that focuses on technology commercialization and economic development. Its venture development organization, Spartan Innovations (SI), has increased the number of startup companies winning SBIR/ STTR awards from 1 in FY2016 to 8 in FY2019. MSU Foundation’s pre- seed fund portfolio companies, have raised $19 million in non- dilutive funding – including SBIR/STTR funding.
Since 2018, OK Catalyst has guided 13 companies to win $8.5M in SBIR/STTR awards – with 100% of participating companies being first-time awardees – and is focused on leveraging SBIR/STTR as an economic development tool to launch and grow a new generation of Oklahoma startups.
Since 2005, the CTC has assisted small businesses in WI to win over $132M in SBIR/STTR funds and more than $271M in additional capital – and since 2016, has seen a 132% increase in rural submissions, an 84% increase in minority-led awards, and a 42% increase in women-led awards.