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Jul 30, 2011

Creare Inc.
Hanover, NH 03755

Environmental Problem - Cutting fluids decrease the temperature of both the cutting tool and the part during the machining process; the coolant fluid is sprayed into the machining zone during cutting, increasing tool life and improving the quality of the parts produced. Cutting fluids, however, are expensive, can be toxic...

Jul 30, 2011

Presently, Federal Railroad Administration, (FRA) track inspectors evaluate the ride quality of a rail vehicle by manually noting “rough ride” locations.  Such a process is invariably subjective as to what an individual inspector considers a “rough ride”.  FRA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) has used the SBIR Program to fund the development of an ultra-portable ride...

Jul 30, 2011

Wyatt Technology Corporation
Santa Barbara, CA 93117


The success of Wyatt Technologies started with a misdirected phone call.

While cleaning up the pieces of a failed company, founder Dr. Phil Wyatt received a phone call from the Department of Defense. They thought they were calling the old company, also named “Wyatt,” letting him know he’d won a contract award...

Jul 30, 2011

Children’s Progress
New York, NY 10018

With funding from the SBIR program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other sources, Children’s Progress developed and refined its computer-adaptive dynamic assessment (CPAA) for early childhood. The assessment covers concepts in early literacy and mathematics for students in...

Jul 30, 2011

Nimble Assessment Systems, Inc.
Newton, MA 02458

With a 2008 award from the SBIR program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the firm successfully developed NimbleTools. NimbleTools delivers standard versions of assessment instruments and tailors embedded accommodation tools to meet the specific needs of each student...

Jul 30, 2011

Variation Reduction Solutions, Inc.
Plymouth, MI 48170

With its roots in the automotive industry, VRSI could have faced a fate similar to many Michigan companies when the economic downturn hit in 2007. Instead, VRSI has grown and thrived, thanks in part to the SBIR Program. Innovative leaders at the company had looked to extend beyond...

Jul 30, 2011

3C Institute for Social Development
Cary, NC 27513

Can research and innovation prevent depression, anxiety, and academic failure that result when children feel picked on or bullied? Dr. Melissa DeRosier knows that they can. Her company, 3-C Institute for Social Development (3-C ISD), has researched and commercialized intervention programs for social-emotional health,...

Jul 30, 2011

A123 Systems
Watertown, MA 02472

Highlights: 2200 employees, $24 million revenues, “green technology”

A123 Systems makes advanced lithium-ion battery technology for the transportation, power grid, and commercial/industrial products industries. The company was founded in 2001 based on novel nanoscale technology initially developed at the...

Jul 30, 2011

NanoMech, Inc.
Fayetteville, 72701 OR

Environmental Problem - Machining involves several processes that use power driven machine tools (such as lathes, milling machines, and drill presses) with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut metal, wood, or plastic. The temperature of both the cutting tool and the part...

Jul 30, 2011

iRobot
Bedford, MA, 01730

Highlights: iRobot wins U.S. Army, Navy and DARPA contracts worth a total of $4.4 Million

iRobot Corp. (IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, was selected as one of eight companies to receive the first annual Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Award.

The U.S. Small...