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Innovate Alabama Awarded Over $4.5 Million in Small Business Grants

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Alabama Innovation Corporation (Innovate Alabama) has announced the first round of small business recipients of the Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program, awarding more than $4.5 million in grants. Thirty-one awards were presented to her thirty winners, including a diverse group of entrepreneurs in six Alabama cities.

Recipients will be able to use these funds to support and grow their businesses within the state, benefiting local business owners commercializing the latest technologies as well as the state’s regional and national economic footprint. Brings

The program continues to advance Alabama’s economy through a variety of means, including promoting research and commercialization efforts, developing exportable products and services, and creating high-paying employment opportunities.

“Thanks to the Innovation Alabama Grants Program, the work of the Alabama Innovation Corporation and the Alabama Legislature, 30 small businesses across the state have the opportunity to commercialize technologies that help solve global problems.” said Governor Kay Ivey. “We are proud to support these entrepreneurs and business leaders who are making a lasting impact on Alabama’s economy and paving the way for future generations of Alabama.”

Among the 20 states that have awarded grants to both the Phase I and Phase II Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) recipients, Alabama provides resources such as these. By doing so, we are poised to retain the best talent and grow the economy. To a company with a track record of developing breakthrough research and technology.

“To ensure that Alabama can compete in the 21st century economy, we must continue to pursue policies and initiatives that support the recruitment and retention of innovative companies and talent in the state,” said Corporation Chair. . “Initiatives such as the Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program encourage the state’s leading entrepreneurs to confidently build businesses from their homes where they have the capital and resources to do so. It also demonstrates and highlights the ingenuity of its citizens and the fact that Alabama can and should pursue its full potential when it comes to the growth of this important sector of the economy. Special thanks go to Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature for making this possible.”

Phase I and Phase II SBIR and STTR grant recipients, Alabama entrepreneurs and innovators have been awarded up to $250,000 in additional funding to help small businesses grow.

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Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant recipients include nine women- and minority-owned businesses located in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Bessemer, Huntsville, Auburn and Mobile, representing nearly a third of all grant recipients. Equivalent to 1.

“Thanks to the joint efforts of the Alabama Legislature and our state’s innovation ecosystem, we are bringing visionary entrepreneurs and innovators looking to make a difference across the state, from Huntsville to Bessemer to Mobile, to their capitals. Dave King, former president of the Dynetics Group and director of the Alabama Innovation Corporation, said, “Through this program, our goal is to But more specifically, to reach those who need it most, including minorities in underserved communities, women, and those led by Alabama.”

The Alabama Legislature has allocated an additional $5 million for fiscal 2023, providing a second round of grants to eligible Alabama small businesses. Applicants must have a Phase I or Phase II SBIR or STTR grant valid after July 1, 2022. The application portal is expected to reopen in 2023.

For SMEs that have not yet secured SBIR or STTR grants, Bio Alabama, along with many other partners, will host a SBIR/STTR Funding Virtual Workshop to provide small business owners with an opportunity to assist their organizations. teaches how to apply for federal funding. Joined by Greenwood Consulting Group and her SBIR/STTR program director for federal agencies, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in application workshops, breakout sessions, and one-on-one application consulting. To register for the workshop, please visit this link.

Recipients of the Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program include the following small businesses:

  • 525 Solutions, Inc., Tuscaloosa/Bayou La Battle
    • 525 Solutions is working with underrepresented and underutilized communities in Alabama to turn Bayou La Batre shrimp shell waste into new and valuable resources to reduce plastic dependence and coastal pollution. By turning it into a product, we are developing new jobs and new industries.
  • Accelerate Wind, Inc, Birmingham
    • With the NSF Phase II SBIR grant, Accelerate Wind is de-risking the design of affordable wind turbines for commercial buildings through the design, construction and testing of units at accredited wind test sites.
  • AeroNeph Therapeutics, Inc., Birmingham
    • The purpose of this Phase 2 STTR grant is to develop novel small molecule compounds that mask/block/attenuate the bitterness of pharmaceutical or food/beverage ingredients that can be used as licensable products for use in re-formulating pharmaceuticals by manufacturers. Discover, validate, and advance. Or food and drink.
  • AI Metrics, LLC, Birmingham
    • The purpose of this grant is to develop and validate artificial intelligence algorithms to assist radiologists (physicians) in diagnosing and staging COVID and other lung diseases in computed tomography (CAT scan) medical images.
    • The purpose of this grant was to demonstrate our previously developed medical imaging measurement tool (lung surface irregularities). [PSI] score) can be used to accurately and non-invasively classify the severity of pulmonary (lung) fibrosis on computed tomography (CAT scan) images. This will help us get FDA approval faster.
  • American Renewable Metals, LLC, Bessemer
    • This SBIR grant converts large quantities of glycerin into a solvent at low cost. It is safer, more environmentally friendly, less flammable and easier to handle than other traditional petroleum-based solvents. Common solvents that can be substituted include acetone, ethanol, methanol, kerosene, turpentine, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), hexane, and other hazardous chemicals.
  • AVNIK Defense Solutions, Inc., Huntsville
    • Intelligent Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (iFMCW) is a handheld toolset for detecting and locating wiring faults such as cable opens and shorts.
  • BioGradMatch, Tuscaloosa
    • BioGradMatch is a grant-funded joint venture between Stillman College and Admit Academy to help historically black college students overcome the mental and logistical hurdles to apply to the right biomedical graduate program It is intended to support
  • CerFlux, Inc., Birmingham
    • Today, chemotherapy is ineffective in 3 out of 4 cancer patients. Our SBIR commitment is to eliminate ineffective cancer treatments and reduce the pain, cost and time of cancer care by applying the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. is intended for
  • CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville
    • Myers’ lab at CFDRC and HudsonAlpha is developing a point-of-care diagnostic test that will allow clinicians to use genetic information to personalize medications and dosages and reduce prescribing of drugs such as opioids. .
  • Clarity, LLC, Mobile
    • We measure the effectiveness of compliance-based software programs to reduce the risks associated with prescribing controlled substances in the pain management environment.
  • EH Group, Inc., Tuscaloosa
    • The underlying SBIR grant researches computer and mathematical tools for automatically detecting and identifying objects (vehicles, camouflage, patterns, etc.) in military satellite imagery.
  • Endomimetics, LLC, Birmingham
    • Endomimetics has created a drug delivery gel that dramatically improves the usability and longevity of patient vessels used for dialysis.
  • EngeniusMicro, Huntsville
    • EngeniusMicro will integrate these antennas for use in drone flight controllers currently in production, as well as UAS platforms used by other entities in Alabama.
  • FreeEnt Technologies, Inc., Huntsville
    • It aims to provide a hit detection system to be used during the flight of an aircraft, spacecraft, missile or satellite, sending back data in real-time and allowing flight path corrections to ensure the vehicle’s best possible performance. keep the results. .
  • Gene Capture, Huntsville
    • SBIR’s goal is to develop a rapid portable infection detection system for use in very remote locations without access to a lab.
  • MRIMath, LLC, Birmingham
    • MRIMath develops software tools that improve standard of care by enabling physicians to accurately and efficiently depict brain tumors in medical images.
  • Nanoxort, LLC, Auburn
    • With an NSF STTR grant, Nanoxort is developing safer and more effective contrast agents to improve the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
  • Nexolve Holding Company, Huntsville
    • NeXolve is developing improved materials for use in space. Our materials enable spacecraft to last longer, improve performance and reduce costs.
  • Ossillate, Inc., Auburn
    • We develop new software tools and techniques to thwart cybersecurity attacks caused by accidental use of malicious open source software.
  • Outpost Technologies, LLC, Huntsville
    • It costs millions of dollars to manufacture telescope mirrors. Outpost manufactures precision (<.0001 inch accuracy) mirrors from new high performance metals with the goal of reducing significant cost, engineering and schedule risks to NASA and DOD programs.
  • Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc, Huntsville
    • During this Phase II STTR effort, Polaris is developing an Infrared Facial Recognition and Identification System (IRIS). It uses state-of-the-art algorithms and optics to covertly perform face recognition day and night with long standoffs (up to 500m).
  • Reliant Glycosciences, LLC, Birmingham
    • Our SBIR award is for the development of a blood test for kidney disease that can currently only be diagnosed by a very risky renal biopsy.
  • Reliant Technologies, Inc., Huntsville
    • Reliant Technologies has an SBIR project called the Logistics And Sustainment Simulation Optimization (LASSO) tool. It is a set of software modules designed to automatically retrieve data from Army data sources, feed it into models of Army aircraft, and perform simulations of Army air operations. Output analysis of army maintenance plan.
  • Serina Therapeutics, Inc., Huntsville
    • This is a grant to support the development of SER-227, an analgesic that simultaneously targets and avoids opioid misuse and addiction, under the Assistance in Long-Term Addiction Ending (HEAL) program. .
  • Streamline Automation, LLC, Huntsville
    • Streamline Automation develops quantum computer processors designed for use in portable and mobile systems. This processor significantly improves the performance of artificial intelligence, autonomous (self-driving) systems, drug discovery, optimization, and other complex computational problems.
  • Sunfire Biotechnologies, LLC, Birmingham
    • SunFire Biotechnologies is developing tests to help develop vaccines against diarrheal infections caused by Shigella common in third world countries.
  • Trac9, LLC, Huntsville
    • Trac9, LLC is funded by the Air Force under the SBIR program to develop rapidly set-up portable building complexes for remote aviation maintenance and other functions around the world.
  • Trialtus Bioscience, LLC, Birmingham
    • TriAltus is developing a membrane-based system for protein separation that dramatically increases production speed and capacity compared to existing methods.
  • TruSpin Nanomaterial Innovatoin, Inc., Birmingham
    • Fundamental grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation help explain why certain instrument settings improve instrument behavior, improving our manufacturing equipment.
  • Zeus Research and Technology, Inc. Huntsville
    • The purpose of this effort was to derive the precise positions and aiming points of the Army’s artillery artillery (howitzers and long-range artillery) during testing so that engineers could reduce the gun’s firing test timeline from 5 minutes to 20 seconds. is to