Brewer Science receives the 2002 National Tibbetts Award

Oct 4, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC -- Brewer Science, Inc., located in Rolla, Missouri, was named the recipient of the National Tibbetts Award on October 2, 2002. This prestigious national award is made annually to small firms, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the best participants in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is focused on technological innovation and commercial application and was conceived and implemented by Mr. Roland Tibbetts in the early 1980s.

Nominees for the Tibbetts award include businesses or individuals working on projects leading to significant industrial advances, achievement in technological applications, creation of new and or increased export activity, and/or innovations that provide new or strengthened national capabilities. The sixty-eight companies and individuals winning the Tibbetts award in 2002 represent less than 1% of the companies participating in SBIR programs across the United States.

Brewer Science is a leading developer and manufacturer of anti-reflective coatings, other specialty chemicals, and instruments used in making computer chips. Brewer products are used as a part of the photolithography process to fabricate integrated circuits on both microprocessor and memory chips. The photolithography process, similar to a photographic process, allows 0.10 micron and smaller features to be fabricated on the chips. Brewer materials are used in the manufacturing process of products such as computers, cameras, video recorders, cellular phones, medical instrumentation, telecommunications equipment, automobiles, games, and flight instrument displays on military and commercial aircraft and NASA's space shuttle. Brewer is currently developing state-of-the-art materials for photolithography, and these new materials will meet the semiconductor industry roadmap for the next 3 to 5 years.

Advances made by Brewer in its products are reflected in faster, more robust and energy efficient chips that positively impact both military and commercial applications. "Brewer Science continues to develop and produce innovative materials, processes and instruments used in the semiconductor industry through our R&D efforts," states Dr. Terry Brewer, the company President.

The Seventh Annual Tibbetts award ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2002, and the award was presented to Dr. Norm Dobson, Managing Director of R&D. "It is an honor to be nominated and receive the Tibbetts award, as this is a very prestigious award in the SBIR community," states Dobson. "We are delighted that the Small Business Administration recognizes the research and development, manufacturing, and sales and marketing contributions made by the people at Brewer Science. Our competitive edge is our ability to move quickly from research through commercialization so that our company will remain a technology leader in the semiconductor industry." Brewer Science is expanding its technology, products and services by moving into new market areas. These areas include materials, processes and instruments used in the planarization (i.e. flattening) of integrated circuit substrates, and the deposition of organic materials using chemical vapor deposition.

This is the third Tibbetts award received by Brewer Science, Inc. The first award was presented to Dr. Terry Brewer, founder of Brewer Science, Inc., in 1998, and the second award was received in 2000.