Algenta Technologies Awarded SBIR Grant by the National Institutes of Health

September 30, 2006

Automated Survey Instrument Documentation and Analysis Receives NIH Funding

Algenta Technologies announced that it has recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Aging, under the National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The award is a Phase I grant that provides supplemental support of Algenta’s research on “Automated Survey Instrument Documentation, Analysis, and Testing”.

The SBIR program is designed to stimulate technological innovation among private-sector businesses while providing the government new, cost-effective, technical and scientific solutions to challenging problems. "We appreciate the continued support of the NIH and NIA, and their recognition of the significance of the research we are conducting," said Jeremy Iverson, a Senior Technical Staff Member at Algenta, and the principal investigator on the project.

This Phase I project will develop technology to automate the creation of survey instrument documentation, to analyze the complexity of survey instruments, and to automate the testing of survey instruments. Software that enables researchers to better visualize, analyze, and test survey instruments will result in higher quality survey data and increased productivity, thus benefiting social and behavioral research. A prototype of the technology will be available to collaborating research institutions in 2007.

About Algenta Technologies

Founded in 1999, Algenta Technologies is a research and development firm specializing in data management, integration services, and Internet technologies for government and business computing. The company offers a range of highly specific products and services designed to give power to people through easy integration and access to data.

About the National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.

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