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Northvalue Company Receives SBA Tibbetts Award

Inrad Optics of Northvale was one of 25 companies, nationwide, to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration's Tibbetts Award for playing a critical role in the research and development for the government and for their success in driving innovation and creating new jobs

The Tibbetts Awards, given by SBA, honors outstanding small businesses and individuals who participate in the SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Techology Transfer (STTR) programs. The Tibbetts Awards, named after Roland Tibbetts, who was instrumental in developing the SBIR program, are presented to companies and individuals from all over the United States who are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology.

Inrad Optics, a leading US-based manufacturer of crystalline materials, optical components and photonic devices, was awarded a Phase II contract for approximately $1M by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the US Department of Homeland Security to support development of organic crystals for neutron detection. The detection of neutrons is a critical capability for the detection of special nuclear materials in homeland security applications, as well as applications in research and radiation protection. The overall objective of the Phase II effort is to demonstrate a method for industrial production of stilbene neutron detectors.

The Phase II contract is a continuation of work begun under a Phase I award in 2011, and is part of an on-going collaborative effort with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The collaboration has recently demonstrated that solution crystal growth is a highly promising route towards large-scale production of organic scintillators. Inrad Optics has leveraged its long and successful history producing other solution grown crystals for laser applications and UV filters in this new development effort.

Inrad Optics CEO Amy Eskilson commented "Inrad Optics is continuing to push forward its development of organic scintillator crystals, and we are making significant progress on an almost daily basis. We appreciate the support and guidance of both LLNL and the DNDO, and are committed to providing the agency both high quality research results and a market ready product."

"Photonics is one of the fastest growing high-tech industries in the world today," said SBA's NJ District Al Titone. "The Small Business Innovation Research program is helping New Jersey companies like Inrad Optics advance technologies that are critical to them being able to compete globally. It's no secret that technology driven firms are also a big source of job creation here in New Jersey and across the country."

About Inrad Optics

Inrad Optics is a manufacturer of exceptional quality crystalline materials and devices, fabricated high precision glass, and metal optical components. Originally founded as Inrad, Inc., the organization matured via organic and acquired growth as Photonic Products Group, Inc., and in January 2012 announced its name change to Inrad Optics. Vertically integrated, manufacturing expertise includes solution and high temperature crystal growth, extensive optical fabrication capabilities, including precision diamond turning and the handling of large substrates, optical coatings and extensive in-process metrology. Inrad Optics' customers include leading corporations in defense, aerospace, process control and metrology, medical and industrial laser sectors of the photonics industry, as well as government, national laboratory and university customers worldwide

Amy Eskilson President & CEO of the company and can be reached at 201-767-1910 X 576 for additional comment, etc. Richard Zilg, Deputy District Director of the SBA NJ District Director is the SBA contact for this story. Rich can be reached at 973-645-3580. Additional information on the SBIR program can be found at www.sbir.gov .