Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Companies Receive Federal Small Business Awards

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Companies Receive Federal Small Business Awards

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The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology's Small Business Research Assistance program supports applied research and facilitating technology transfer by leveraging federal and private resources and catalyzing action.
The programs motivate and assist qualifying Oklahoma firms to compete for research funding under the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs to develop commercial products.
The OCAST programs defray a portion of a qualifying firm's federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I proposal preparation costs and provide bridge funding between Phase I and Phase II grants. Through the Small Business Innovation Research program, 11 federal agencies provide seed support for product feasibility studies and prototype development generally found lacking in the private investment community.
Companies selected to receive federal grants in the last 12 months were:
* DESC Inc. (www.descinc.com) is dedicated to developing software and decision aids for first responders for use in planning for or responding to catastrophic disasters. DESC helps communities, agencies, or businesses transform existing local data into a security and public safety base map. This electronic map can then be used to store contingency plans for all manner of incidents, from structural fires to a terrorist attack.
* Fort Environmental Laboratories (www.fortlabs.com) is an environmental toxicology laboratory and consulting firm specializing in the study of amphibians, reptiles and fish. It is the only commercial laboratory in the United States to use amphibians and reptilian species as indicators of environmental health.
* FSCX Inc.'s (www.fscxcorp.com) personnel provide systems that deliver and automatically convert digital data to critical knowledge for use in operations, testing, or training systems for government, industry, and academia. Their goal is to provide customers with system capabilities needed to consistently meet time sensitive, critical knowledge requirements.
* J K Autoimmunity is developing diagnostic assays for rheumatic diseases that will lead to less-expensive antigen-antibody binding reagents and conditions suitable for commercial applications. The products will be used to help diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus, to identify particular antibody systems with prognostic value, and to identify patients who are not likely to respond to immunosuppressive therapy.
* Nomadics Inc. (www.nomadics.com) specializes in the exploitation of emerging technologies to develop high-quality portable sensors and deployable sensor networks. The company has leveraged federal and state research funds in building capabilities that can have a significant impact in the national security, homeland defense, and biomedical fields. Nomadics focuses on the development of sensors specifically aimed at the identification of weapons of mass destruction. …

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