SBA North Carolina District Director Ms. Lynn L. Douthett will honor 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
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 Institute received a Tibbetts Award, given to exemplary
firms that have received SBIR funding.
Melissa DeRosier, 3C Institute
Congressman David Price
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