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Columbia-based Sensor Electronic Technology, or SETi, has been cited by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its role in research and development for the federal government, driving innovation and creating new jobs.
The company received the Tibbetts Award Tuesday for participating in the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research program during a White House ceremony.
“Creating an economy built to last requires redoubling our commitment to supporting innovative entrepreneurs like those we honor with Tibbetts Awards,” said Karen Mills, SBA administrator.
SETi, which launched as a startup in 2002, is a leading maker of ultraviolet light emitting diodes. On Oct. 31, 2011, SETi announced plans to retrofit the firm’s 15,000-square-foot facility at 1195 Atlas Road and add another 5,000 square feet.
The $20 million investment is expected to add more than 150 jobs to the company’s current workforce of 70 employees.
SETi was the first company in the world to launch its unique UV LED products and marketed them for use in research and development, drug development, environmental monitoring, military applications and space exploration.
SETi, whose president and CEO is Remis Gaska, now is serving commercial customers who are using the company’s product for a range of applications, including disinfection and personal health care.
In the past week, SETi received AS9100 certification through the NSF International Strategic Registrations. The AS9100 is an enhancement to the company’s ISO9001 certification, which SETi received in December 2009...
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