Epitomizing Excellence Gains AnthroTronix Coveted Recognition
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (September 25, 2006) – AnthroTronix, Inc., a human factors engineering and research and development company, is being honored for exceptional achievement with its selection as a 2006 Tibbetts Award winner. This national recognition singles out companies and individuals that embody the true spirit behind the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.
“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen for a Tibbetts Award,” said Corinna Lathan, Founder, President and CEO of AnthroTronix. “In the world of small business government contracting, this award is an acknowledgement of significant achievement. The SBIR Program has been a major catalyst in transforming our successful research and development (R&D) initiatives into commercial enterprises. Cosmo’s Learning Systems is the first product line to emerge from AnthroTronix and it is already having a positive impact on children with disabilities since becoming available in the marketplace this spring.”
In his letter congratulating AnthroTronix as a 2006 Tibbetts Award winner, Small Business Technology Council Executive Director Jere W. Glover said, “This is in recognition of your significant achievements involving technological innovation related to the federal Small Business Innovation Research Program. Individuals and companies selected for these national awards are recognized as having provided outstanding SBIR leadership in the state, region or the nation. We are proud to recognize your outstanding work that has contributed so greatly to the success of the SBIR Program.”
In support of the nomination of AnthroTronix for a Tibbetts Award, Maryland Congressman Albert R. Wynn praised the Silver Spring-based company stating “AnthroTronix has contributed to the economic development of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District by providing job opportunities, community involvement and community investment. The company and its staff have been recognized in Maryland, nationally and internationally for their unique and innovative technology solutions.”
Since its founding in 1999, AnthroTronix has been awarded seven Phase I, three Phase II and two Phase II plus/IIB SBIR contracts and grants. The company has implemented a strategy of using its core technology to capture government grants and contracts to build a portfolio of intellectual property and products with the goal of commercialization in the education and rehabilitation markets along with serving the needs of the defense community. Among the Department of Defense projects is development and integration of robotic control technologies.
In 2005, AnthroTronix created a subsidiary company, AT KidSystems™, to manufacture, market and distribute rehabilitation and education-related products originating from the R&D initiatives of AnthroTronix. The SBIR Program was instrumental in development of Cosmo’s Learning Systems, featuring Mission Control™ and Cosmo’s Play and Learn™ software. A successful SBIR company is one that is able to commercialize technology resulting from R&D efforts. AnthroTronix was able to take to market its first product within five years through its subsidiary, with a number of other projects in the production pipeline.
An awards ceremony will be held on September 26, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Among the activities planned to honor the recipients are a Congressional reception on Capitol Hill, an SBIR interactive session, and an awards luncheon. For more information about the Tibbetts Award and the ceremony honoring the award winners, go to www.tibbettsawards.org.