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Defense Holdings, Inc. (DHi)

Defense Holdings, Inc. (DHi) is a world-class team of dedicated engineering professionals committed to developing and deploying innovative technologies to advance the national interest and improve the lives of all Americans.

A proven provider of professional engineering services to the Federal government as well as the private sector, DHi was founded in 1994 in Manassas, Virginia, where it maintains its corporate headquarters. Historically, DHi has focused on high-end R&D engineering to support the Nation’s warfighters both here and abroad. More recently, the company broadened its Federal contract portfolio to include a significant number of additional agencies.

DHi was a 2000 Tibbetts Award Winner and a 2006 Tibbetts Award Nominee. The Tibbetts Awards were established to recognize small firms, individuals, projects, and organizations best exemplifying the technological achievements of the Government’s ongoing SBIR program. DHi was also named SBA (Richmond) Minority Small Business of the Year in 2001.


Raindrop Geomagic
Phase I, II and IIB funding from NSF has been crucial to Geomagic in developing and commercializing a method of automatically converting polygon models to NURBS surfaces used in computer-aided design software.  This process is an important component of digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP), which enables manufacturers to produce highly customized goods at the same scale and cost as mass-produced items.  Instead of outsourcing overseas, production can take place close to where goods are consumed, keeping jobs in the U.S.  Using the NSF funding, Geomagic has not only defined the DSSP category, but is the worldwide leader in providing technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed, engineered, manufactured and repaired.  The ability of Geomagic technology to seamlessly unite the physical and digital worlds has made a major impact in many major manufacturing industries.


Anautics, Inc.
SBIR Phase I contracts: Seven (7) awarded
SBIR Phase II contracts:  Two (2) awarded

The ExpertObjects Integration Engine allows creation of datasources such as legacy application, third party tool, or websites, from virtually any digital format. These datasources can then be accessed and queried through our web services functionality. Utilizing InFusion’s Web-based architecture, ExpertObjects users will be able to create a single query that has the ability to gather data from many datasources (Microsoft SQL, Oracle, Access, Flat Files, Excel, etc) in order to create dynamic reports.

The SMARTY Intelligent Integration (ii) is a Phase I SBIR project dedicated to identifying a stable solution to address the problem of automating the compilation of National Stock Number-Work Unit Code-Part Number (NSN-WUC-PN) Cross Reference Tables. The system is designed to be an intelligent software system with the ability to determine relationships between NSN-WUC-PNs as well as to recognize similar discrepancies based on historical data. It addresses complex issues and problems such as creating relationships in disjoint data sets, processing domain specific data, processing unreliable/unique data, and mapping and redefining “seemingly” irrelevant data into relevant information. In specific it is a record linkage solution. Record or data linkage is an integration problem which is best described as integrating data sources that use different formats and terminology to refer to a common entity. SMARTY ii is an innovative deterministic and probabilistic linkage solution which utilizes key approaches founded in Computer Science.


Flying Bridge Technologies
The School Success Profile is a comprehensive assessment tool for promoting academic performance and closing the achievement gap.  Two assessments, one for grades 3-5 (ESSP) and a second for grades 6-12 (SSP) measure five key areas of support for a child in school: school, neighborhood, family, friends, and health.  The resulting profiles can be used to indicate current and potential problems for children, including involvement with drugs.  These tools are equally effective in assessing the social environments for individuals and groups of students.  The assessments, resulting reports, and access to supporting resources in the development of interventions are all provided online to minimize service fees and provide immediate results.

Flying Bridge has received Phase I and Phase II STTR grants through NIH and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  It has also received a Phase I SBIR grant to continue development of these services and has applied for Phase II funding through the same agency.


Nanoscale and microscale technologies are a nascent and explosive market.  The need for metrology tools to support the manufacturing of micro and nanoscale features is well documented.  “Any activity within science and technology must be accompanied by reference measurements (i.e. metrology tools) to ensure that quantitative results are comparable and products interchangeable.” One of the key challenges is “the development of novel probes that are capable of measuring the tiny features that are encountered in the field of microsystems.” InsituTec has such a probe under development. The distinct benefit of this technology is to enable standard laboratories worldwide to measure complicated microscale and eventually nanoscale structures. This tool is poised to be a disrupting technology and will directly impact widespread markets by providing precision measurements, enabling engineers to validate models, and ultimately be a critical path for higher quality products.


Three SBIR awards (so far!): an NSF SBIR Phase I, Phase II and Phase IIB supplement.  (We have also received an NIH R21 award jointly with RTI, International.)

Summary paragraph: Our project focuses on the development of the 3D Laparoscope, an advanced visualization system that will allow minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) to be performed in a way more akin to traditional open surgery.  The system acquires and reconstructs 3D scene information from the internal anatomy during MIS, and displays it to the surgeon in its actual location in space (via a headset); in this way, the surgeon can perform laparoscopic surgery without having to experience the strained eye-hand-instrument spatial coordination problems associated with MIS.  With this product, we intend to increase the popularity of minimally-invasive procedures, the advantages of which over open surgery are well-documented.


Propagation Research Associates, Inc.
Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) is a new and innovative small business that is developing technology for commercial and defense applications. PRA was founded in 2001 to develop a radar mitigation capability for missile defense that will improve radar performance for low elevation targets. The company has since expanded into radar development and radar guidance technology applications. PRA is looking to further expand into technology areas related to signal propagation and sensor development. The company is located in Marietta, Georgia.


Mi-Co's goal is to lead the development and commercialization of handwritten Mobile Internet solutions for global commerce. We are doing this by providing software that facilitates handwritten information capture using Anoto-patterned paper forms plus Digital Pens and handwritten information capture technology for stylus-on-screen such as Microsoft Pocket PCs, Tablet PCs and SmartPhones. Mi-Co's solution, called Mi-Forms enables the best of paper-based and hardware technologies for enterprise and government handwritten mobile data capture applications!


Southeast TechInventures
STI's mission is to build an effective and profitable technology accelerator for rapid conversion of university scientific breakthroughs into products, services and new technology companies.
STI works with university-based inventors to accelerate the commercialization of technologies and intellectual property (IP) in the areas of (1) bioengineering, (2) photonics and communications, (3) information technology, (4) materials science, and (5) surveillance and security networks.

STI partners with universities, government funding agencies, private investors, and corporate entities to provide the structure, processes and funding needed to successfully bring new technologies to market.
For any given STI portfolio technology, STI's operating model and experience guides and supports the new entity quickly along the path to commercialization. Activities provided by STI may include the following:

  • Obtaining an intellectual property license from the applicable university
  • Assisting in further developing the technology in partnership with the inventors
  • Establishing the entity as a spin-off company
  • Providing financing contacts
  • Providing experienced business guidance and mentorship


Global Technology Connection, Inc.

GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY CONNECTION. Inc. (GTC) has 10 years of history in design, development and commercialization of innovative technology products and services in the area of Predictive Maintenance; Modeling and Simulation; Advanced Materials and Failure Prevention/Analysis. These innovative products can substantially reduce the maintenance costs, increase uptime (availability) and improve safety in a variety of equipment and machinery such as HVAC, Pumps, Batteries, Generators, Power Turbines and Trucks etc. GTC also partners with OEMs to make technology tools that can be embedded into the original equipment.  GTC has successfully built a business strategy around the SBIR/STTR programs. They have been awarded 15 Phase I and 5 Phase II contracts with US Navy, USAF, NASA, US Army, MDA and OSD. Several Phase IIs have been transitioned to Phase III. ONR funded Phase II program on “Affordability Measurement and Prediction System” resulted in Phase III, where technology was used by Boeing/SAICT for FCS conceptualization studies. This success story has been posted in US Navy website. Another NSWC funded Phase II SBIR on “Prognostic Enhancement Diagnostic System” received Phase III funding from a Navy pump manufacturer (Warren Pumps) and DoD (matching funds) to transition this technology to manufacture ‘fault tolerant adaptive smart pumps.’