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DeLauro Applauds $150,000 Federal Grant for 3Derm Systems, LLC

June 12, 2013
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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today applauded the news that 3Derm Systems, LLC has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. That money will be used to expand the field of dermatology in the hopes of creating a method to earlier detect skin cancer.


“As a cancer survivor I know the value of regular screenings and preventative care. My ovarian cancer was detected by chance in Stage 1, and I have now been cancer-free for 27 years. Everyone should have the same opportunities for early detection that I did. The progress we have made thanks to innovative companies like 3Derm Systems is amazing.”


3Derm System’s technology aims to increase this critical early detection by giving patients greater access to dermatologists. Allowing doctors to remotely track the progression of skin lesions in their patients through this next generation prototype is one step in combating the disease that two million Americans develop every year, and which one in five Americans will be diagnosed with in his or her lifetime. This breakthrough in low cost monitoring would not be possible without the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.


“Through federal funding, the SBIR allows cutting-edge small businesses to take the entrepreneurial risks that strengthen America’s high-tech economy and create good jobs. This is a proven, thriving program that has helped support economic growth in Connecticut and across the country. Small businesses are the engine of our economy, and are critical to Federal government research and development.”


SBIR provides opportunities for small, innovative companies to participate in federal research and development. In Connecticut, SBIR investments have created over 10,000 jobs since the program began in 1982. Since just 2000, 194 Connecticut companies have won SBIR awards and in 2010 alone, $37.6 million in awards went to Connecticut companies.