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EPA SBIR Recipient Bridger Photonics Wins SBA Tibbets Award

SBIR Logo Bridger Photonics, recipient of a 2009 Phase 1 and a 2010 Phase 2 research contract under EPA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)  program, won the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Tibbetts Award last week for its innovative work in carbon dioxide emission detection. The company has created a powerful infrared pulsed laser as the key component in new detectors that can not only find emission sources from a distance, but are more compact and cost less than other detectors.

Carbon dioxide emission regulation is a significant contributor to climate change, and both public and private interests increasingly require the ability to monitor and track a wide variety of emission sources, which makes Bridger’s work especially relevant and boosted the company’s success. Commercialization of its laser-based sensors, including the delivery of two mid-infrared laser prototypes and orders for 12 production lasers for tissue ablation applications, has helped boost Bridger Photonics’ annual revenues from $110 thousand to $2 million in just four and a half years. Inc. magazine ranked the company as America’s fastest growing engineering company in 2011.

The Tibbets Award is presented by SBA to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. Selections are made based on the economic impact of their technological innovation, and on whether they have met federal research and development needs, encouraged diverse participation in technological innovation, and increased the commercialization of federal research. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program.

View press release from SBA
More info on this SBIR research project: Hand-Held Sensor for Remotely Mapping Carbon Dioxide Pollution Sources
More information on EPA's SBIR program

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