Mary Derby will receive the award on behalf of the company Sept. 26 at the Wyndham Washington in Washington, DC.
Named for Roland Tibbetts – the person acknowledged as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program – these prestigious, national awards are made annually to those small firms, projects, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the very best in SBIR achievement. South Dakota Health Technology Innovations, Inc./pullUin software is one of 55 companies in the U.S. to receive this award.
pullUin software is the trade name for South Dakota Health Technology Innovations, Inc. (SDHTI) in its product commercialization initiatives. Established as a research and development business in 2000, pullUin software focuses on electronic educational programs for the healthcare industry and educational settings.
The company has received seven Phase I SBIR grants, four Phase II SBIR grants and one Phase IIb grant from agencies including but not limited to the National Institutes of Health, Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation. pullUin software recently released its first commercial product, National Geographic's Handheld Birds� in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology, the American Birding Association and The University of South Dakota.
"I am pleased that South Dakota Health Technology Innovations Inc./pullUin software received this award and I want to offer the company my congratulations," said U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD). "It is innovative businesses like this that keep South Dakota on the forefront of the healthcare industry."
In July, Johnson sent a letter to the SBTC recommending the company for this award.
Health Technology Innovations Inc. also received a $99,427 grant from the Department of Health & Human Services Small Business Innovations Research Grants, according to Johnson. The grant will be used to develop software design on health and physical education specifically for Native American issues.