The 2020 Winners
2B Technologies provides portable air quality monitoring systems for a variety of new environments that are much smaller, lighter, use less power, and cost less than conventional instruments.
Actuated Medical, Inc.
AMI is improving the understanding of the brain & pursuing FDA approval for its electronically controlled oscillated needles to improve healthcare outcomes & reduce healthcare costs.
Nearly 3 billion people worldwide depend on burning biomass in rudimentary stoves or open fires and are exposed to smoke with high concentrations of toxic compounds. ASAT’s Integrated Stove achieves near-zero emissions and can charge your cell phone in the process.
ATA Engineering, Inc.
ATA has created & validated a suite of modeling & simulation tools to aid in the development & fielding of highly-engineered systems.
Backyard Brains developed education technology that allows advanced neuroscience research to be used in 6-12th grade educational programs through hands-on research and open-source tools.
Bascom Hunter Technologies, Inc.
Louisiana-based Bascom Hunter was founded in 2010 with technology spun out of Princeton. The 30-person firm is providing solutions for the most challenging operating environments – achieving $15M+ in Phase III funding, $25M in contracts.
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.
BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.
The DoD effectively uses the Blast Gauge® System to monitor thousands of servicemen and women and improve their blast-related safety.
Block MEMS, LLC
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
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.
Braxton Technologies, LLC
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.
Colorado Engineering, Inc.
Colorado Engineering, Inc. has developed, produced, and commercialized COTS and custom hardware and software for advanced radar applications.
Curi Bio (formerly NanoSurface Biomedical, Inc.)
Creating more accurate, effective, and scaleable preclinical screening tools to assess a developmental drug’s potential for cardiotoxic events in humans.
Design Interactive, Inc.
Design Interactive, Inc., a woman-owned small business, developed a patented algorithm compatible with wrist-worn devices to provide real-time stress measurements to improve PTSD, stress, and anxiety therapy.
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.
Fuchs Consulting, Inc.
Fuchs Consulting, Inc. provides an innovative approach that enables bridges to be inspected without interrupting traffic, through ThermalStare.
Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC
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.
ImmunogenX, LLC is pioneering efforts in Celiac disease therapy, management, and food safety.
KCF Technologies, Inc.
KCF Technologies’ SmartDiagnostics® wireless sensor products provide predictive condition-based maintenance.
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.
Pain Care Labs
In 2009 an SBIR award allowed Amy Baxter, a Pediatric Emergency MD to develop Buzzy®, a device for vaccination pain. Today Pain Care Labs is a global innovator making revolutionary science- backed, drug-free pain relief therapies.
Porifera’s SBIR-funded proprietary membrane reduces the environmental impact of food and beverage distribution & helps turn wastewater into clean water for reuse in any industry.
QT Medical, Inc.
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.
Raptamer Discovery Group
Raptamer Discovery Group specializes in the development of next-generation, high-quality DNA molecules – called Raptamers™ – that can be used as therapeutic, diagnostic, or research agents and have been deployed to combat malaria, HIV/AIDS, and influenza virus.
re:3D, Inc.’s Gigabot platform’s onsite manufacturing provides disaster response via industrial strength, large-scale, affordable 3D printing.
Red Balloon Security
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.
Referentia Systems is protecting the National Power Grid while improving its reliability and security.
Ripple’s work focuses on prosthetics patients to enable them to feel touch sensation through their prosthetics.
RockStep Solutions, Inc.
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®.
Working to commercialize a new material – the first known form of solid carbon monoxide known to mankind – for use in lithium ion batteries to improve their capacity and speed of charge for applications in electronics and electric vehicles.
SIMBA Chain is making it easy for organizations to integrate blockchain to bolster trust, security, and risk mitigation – with no blockchain experience required.
Raleigh-based SinnovaTek is having a significant impact on the lives of young children a world away in Sub-Saharan Africa – where almost half of children under five suffer vitamin A deficiency – thanks to their Nomatic processing system, and locally-available sweet potatoes.
SubUAS had developed a drone that can fly, float, swim, dive, and transition between air and water in less than one second.
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.
Vita Inclinata Technologies
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, Inc.
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.
Following a decorated career in the Air Force, Mr. Baron’s work at Braxton Technologies and the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation has directly resulted in over $370M being funneled into downtown Colorado Springs and helped bring dozens of jobs to the area.
Jodi Black, Ph.D.
Dr. Black has been instrumental in NIH’s SBIR/STTR programs – in establishing new offices to promote technology commercialization and research, she has generated millions in funding and investment, and furthered scientific research supporting the NIH’s mission.
David Boone, Ph.D.
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.
Rodney Couick, Ph.D.
Dr. Couick spearheaded SBIR contracting via GSA’s Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) that provides increased access to cutting-edge technology for the federal Government while helping small businesses meet their commercialization goals.
Richard Duke, Ph.D.
Dr. Duke has made a career out of innovating, teaching, learning, and successfully commercializing technologies. His efforts have led to numerous policies benefitting innovation and business as well as generating millions of dollars through successful tech ventures.
Imre Gyuk, Ph.D.
Dr. Gyuk’s leadership and curiosity has driven technical and commercial development and innovation in energy storage technology through meaningful relationships with small business, industry, academia, and government.
Thomas Hill, J.D.
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.
Stephen Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Lee has not only authored a large number of topics and led a program that issued over 800 SBIR contracts valued at over $500M, but has also managed $19.5M+ in Phase I and Phase II SBIR/ STTR contracts, as well as Phase III contracts totaling more than $247M.
David Metzger, Esq.
David Metzger is a retired partner of Arnold & Porter. He has dedicated a large part of his practice to the issue of SBIR data rights and made a deep and lasting impression on the SBIR program and the success of many companies.
Having served the U.S. Navy for a combined 46 years, Mr. Noel has spent the past 20 of those years providing leadership and vision to spearhead the charge to support new Phase III SBIR development for the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.
Jack Syage, Ph.D.
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.
Arrowhead Center – NM FAST Program
Over 190 SBIR/STTR clients served and $9.4M in SBIR/ STTR funding since NM FAST program inception in 2015. To date, 23% of businesses are rural, 36% are minority-owned and 31% are women-owned; 89% of clients are first-time applicants.
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, LLC
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.
Delaware Small Business Development Center
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.
Louisiana Technology Transfer Office
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.
Michigan State University Foundation
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.
Oklahoma Catalyst Programs
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.
Wisconsin Center for Technology Commercialization
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.