April 12, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Terry Brewer, President of Brewer Science, Inc., Rolla, Missouri testified before the House Committee on Small Business on Thursday, April 7. The Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology heard from Dr. Brewer about the roles of entrepreneurship and innovation in our national economy and how both are supported by the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program. The hearing was held as part of the consideration of The Small Business Innovation Act of 2011 legislation, which represents the first long-term reauthorization of the SBIR program since 2000 and would provide more certainty for SBIR participants if enacted into law.
Brewer Science has grown from 3 to nearly 300 employees over the past 30 years in part through the support of programs such as the SBIR program. These programs have helped create high-value jobs needed to combat the fierce global competition that surrounds the development of modern electronic devices. As the inventor and global market leader of anti-reflective coatings (including the ARC® product line), Brewer Science products are used by major integrated circuit manufacturers worldwide.
U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) is a strong proponent of high-tech innovation and the growth it enables for U.S. small businesses. “Dr. Brewer has helped build a tremendous business in Phelps County with a global reach. The scientists and engineers working today in Rolla would be in high demand anywhere around the world, but they and their families have a great quality of life and tremendous opportunity because of their power to innovate with the support of a favorable climate for their industry. The lessons Dr. Brewer has learned over 30 years of doing business in Missouri hold value for every state in the Union, and his testimony is extremely important to the members of the Small Business Committee as they attempt to create more and better opportunities through programs like SBIR,” Emerson said.
Congress created the SBIR program in 1982 to stimulate technological innovation in small, high-technology firms to meet federal research and development (R&D) needs while increasing private sector commercialization. Today, 11 federal agencies allocate a portion of their R&D budgets to invest in small business projects, and the program has received numerous temporary extensions since it expired in 2008.
For additional information, Contact:
M. Loretta Wallis
Brewer Science, Inc.
(573) 364-0444, ext. 1357