Tibbetts Awards honor projects that bring federal R&D from the lab to the market

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February 15, 2011

Corvallis, OR—ViewPlus Technologies Inc. today announced that it has received a Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for its accessible printing and graphics technologies. SBA presents the awards to companies and individuals that have advanced technological innovation and economic growth.

“This award represents the culmination of efforts we began after submitting for a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposals,” said ViewPlus Founder, Dr. John Gardner. “We have since won 15 of these grants and continue to include the SBIR Program as an important piece of our business innovation.”

ViewPlus’ Tibbetts Award recognizes the company’s work for a series of tactile graphic embossers which print both ink and braille, several software applications based on the ViewPlus IVEO® Hands-on Learning System, and for collaborating with the American Physical Society (the world’s leading publisher of Physics literature), to make its journals fully accessible to all people, including those who are blind.

“ViewPlus has grown from approximately 15 to over 40 people since 2003 when it received it first SBIR award,” continued Gardner. “Today, thanks to the SBIR grants, ViewPlus has been able to develop really innovative products for the market, increase our sales revenue, and allowed us to grow.”

Dr. John and Carolyn Gardner, Founders of ViewPlus, accepted the award at a ceremony this morning in Washington, DC. Afterward, they met with SBA Administrator, Karen Mills, and attended a reception at the White House.

“This is a proud day not only for ViewPlus but also for the city of Corvallis,” said Sean Greene, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Senior Adviser for Innovation. “Companies like ViewPlus represent the best in American ingenuity.”

Founded in 1996, Corvallis-based ViewPlus Technologies is an international leader in tactile graphics and braille technologies. Current ViewPlus products include the Tiger® Braille printers, IVEO Hands-on Learning System, Tiger Software Suite braille translation software, and the Audio Graphing Calculator.

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