Brion Marquez and IRIS Ed receive Tibbetts Award from U.S. Small Business Innovation Research program

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June 19, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                    
For information contact:     Brion Marquez:  (541) 343-4747 ext. 200
                                                Nell Caraway:  (541) 343-4747 ext. 102

Brion Marquez and IRIS Ed receive Tibbetts Award from U.S. Small Business Innovation Research program

Eugene, OR. – Brion Marquez and Nell Caraway, principals at IRIS Educational Media (IRIS Ed) travelled to Washington D.C. to accept the Tibbetts Award on June 16 at the White House. This award, given by the U.S. Small Business Administration, honors outstanding small businesses and individuals who participate in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program. Every year, hundreds of companies participate in the SBIR program. Of those, some stand out as representative of the spirit and intent of the program. Tibbetts Awards are presented to companies and individuals
that are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology.

Brion Marquez, Chief Development Officer and his team at IRIS Ed, are innovators in transforming behavioral research into practical skills-based programs that improve the lives of people through change in unhealthy or unproductive behavior patterns. IRIS Ed has a unique style of blending scientific knowledge with innovative technology to develop model-based training that is interactive and memorable. The IRIS Ed team has developed an array of over 35 media-based interventions, web applications, and other communication technologies that provide skill-based solutions to behavioral concerns. These award-winning behavior management programs are contained in an online library available to educators, schools, parents and social service organizations at

About the SBIR program:
The SBIR program was created to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy ... one business at a time. Each year, 11 federal agencies award $2 billion in research contracts as part of the SBIR program.

About IRIS Educational Media:
IRIS Ed is a behavioral research and development firm based in Eugene, Ore. The firm was founded in 1999 with the intention of bringing research-based professional development to K-12 school staff and all educators, including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, parent educators and parents. IRIS Ed collaborates with leading educators and researchers on important topics to create video-based curriculums on DVD and online. These programs are distinguished by the use of scientifically-based content that is presented in interesting, realistic, and engaging approaches. For more information, visit


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