Operative Experience (OEI) was recently selected to receive the 2016 Tibbetts Award for outstanding contributions in innovation and technology to the US Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Named after small business champion Roland Tibbetts, the awards are designed to honor companies based on the economic impact of their technological innovation, and the extent to which that innovation served federal R&D needs, encouraged diverse participation and increased the commercialization of federal research.
OEI was recognized for its breakthrough research in the development of a simulation-based training system to improve Rapid Trauma Skills Training for combat surgeons along with a series of first-in-the-world simulators for training in critical surgical procedures such as craniotomy, fasciotomy, emergency thoracotomy, damage control laparotomy, REBOA and point-of-injury trauma. OEI was able to apply the technology to the development of its emergency obstetrics simulation suite for the training of clinicians and practitioners in critical OB procedures such as C-Section delivery, postpartum hemorrhage control, and emergency hysterectomy.
“We are extremely honored to have been recognized by the SBIR for this prestigious award,” said Mick Navin, President and CEO of OEI. “The support of the SBIR program has played a pivotal role in both the development of our technology and our growth.”
OEI’s simulators were developed in conjunction with the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) which provided invaluable support to the company through its leadership and dedication to fostering essential research in the field of advanced medicine.