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SBA Presents Innovation Award to 3C Institute

Release Date: 
Friday, March 7, 2014
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Contact: 
Mike Ernandes 704-344-6588

CHARLOTTE, NC –   SBA North Carolina District Director Ms. Lynn L. Douthett honored Dr. Melissa DeRosier, founder and CEO of Cary-based 3C Institute with a special Award of Excellence for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. The firm develops specialized technologies for health, including intelligent games, dynamic e-training platforms, and software systems to support quality healthcare practices.

Dr. DeRosier, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, started 3C Institute in 2001. She grew frustrated that research based tools to address important societal issues like bullying, academic underachievement, and social-emotional health were not being used in everyday practice in schools and healthcare settings. Starting the business on her own, she set out to create innovative solutions to bridge this research-practice gap. 3C Institute now has a staff of 70 full-time employees and continues to grow.

DeRosier received almost $25 million in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants and contracts awarded by agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and National Institutes for Health. The SBIR program provides funding to explore feasibility of an innovative idea or technology, expand research and development and ultimately bring the innovation to the marketplace.In 2011, 3C received a Tibbetts Award, given to exemplary firms that have received SBIR funding.

The award was presented on March 7, 2014 at the Museum of Life and Science during a 13th Anniversary celebration for the company.

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