Austin, TX, May 30, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will present Bioo Scientific with the 2015 Tibbetts Awards in the Medical and Life Sciences category at a White House ceremony on June 15 featuring keynote speaker Cady Coleman. The 2015 Tibbetts Awards are granted to small businesses that have excelled through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The grant Bioo Scientific received from the NSF through these programs were used to develop new technologies for in vivo delivery of siRNA, miRNA, long dsRNA and other RNAi agents. Synthetic small interfering RNAs (siRNA) are known to induce gene specific silencing in mammalian cells. The path to using siRNA as an effective, highly adaptable therapeutic agent in humans relies on the ability of delivery vehicles to target diseased cells in a metered fashion at the target site while limiting side effects. This requires the development of siRNA delivery vehicles that are safe, specific, efficient and reliable for multiple indications. Bioo Scientific has taken on the challenge of delivering nucleic acid based drugs. In vivo delivery reagents developed using this grant have since been cited in Nature Medicine, Molecular Therapy, Carcinogenesis, Cancer Cell and other publications, illustrating the effectiveness of the in vivo siRNA delivery reagents to facilitate the delivery of important new therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
The annual Tibbetts Awards are presented to US companies who have been instrumental in supporting the success of and/or utilizing SBIR/STTR investment to develop an idea from concept stage to a product or service that benefits federal government research and development needs, the wellbeing of the general public, and the national economy through technological innovation and the creation of high quality jobs.
About Bioo Scientific Corporation
Bioo Scientific Corporation is an Austin, TX based biotechnology company that provides innovative solutions to the life science industry. Bioo Scientific’s product lines include high sensitive food safety test kits, reagents optimized to facilitate in vivo and in vitro delivery of nucleic acids; a complete portfolio of next-generation sequencing (NGS) library prep kits that reduce bias and increase the sensitivity, flexibility and speed; and preclinical chemistry assays to monitor in vivo toxicity by measuring liver and heart function in serum samples in model organisms. Bioo Scientific products are widely used in academic, government agencies, pharmaceutical, biotech, molecular diagnostic laboratories and food manufacturers worldwide in more than 100 countries.
Bioo Scientific has been awarded numerous Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants that support innovative product development activities from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Defense (DOD). The company has also been awarded the Tech Innovation Award and the Greater Austin Business Export Award highlighting its international business activities. For more information about Bioo Scientific, visit www.biooscientific.com.
About the Programs
The SBIR/STTR programs represent the nation's largest source of early stage research and development funding for small businesses. The programs are administered by the SBA in collaboration with 11 federal agencies, which collectively supported more than $2.5 billion in federal research and development funding in fiscal year 2014. Additional information about each program can be found at www.sbir.gov.