The following is a list of milestones from Cygnus’ origins in 1989 to present day:


The firm is incorporated in Washington, D.C., and opens for business, taking offices at 14th and I Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. and is certified as a Women-Owned Small Business.

  • Cygnus is awarded its first contract:
    • 9th Special report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Cygnus provides scientific and technical support, and prepares this 350-page report, which summarizes and disseminates research and knowledge about alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and is one of the primary ways NIAAA updates the Nation about ongoing progress in the field of alcohol research.


The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC), ACF, HHS. Cygnus operates NAIC, a national clearinghouse that collects, develops, and disseminates information to assist the public with all aspects of adoption, especially the adoption of children with special needs.

Study of the Impact on Service Delivery to Families with Substance Abuse Problems, ACF, HHS. This research effort assesses how changes in the incidence of substance abuse impacts human service programs administered by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and delves into both the size and nature of those impacts. 

Development of Training and Education Materials on Drugs in the Workplace/Drug-Free Workplace Helpline, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), SAMHSA, HHS. Cygnus creates the award-winning Making Your Workplace Drug Free: A Kit for Employers in predominantly small- and medium-sized businesses to aid in the development and implementation of drug-free workplace programs. Our information specialists provide tailored information and confidential assistance to business, industry, unions, and community organizations on how to develop and implement drug-free workplace programs.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS. We operate this service which disseminates information on Alzheimer’s and its potential treatments to both the public and healthcare professionals alike. Cygnus also provides support for on- and off-site scientific and administrative meetings.

Information Clearinghouse and Support Services, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), NIH, HHS. We develop the annual program plan for the NIAMS Information Clearinghouse activities, which includes determining audience needs, information on treatment, maintaining the inventory of 200,000 publications, and creating audiovisual materials.

Support Services for the National Advisory Boards and Committees, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH, HHS. Cygnus provides support in the areas of assessment, program planning, evaluation, publications, graphics design, meeting management, and administrative services.

Social Environments and Psychological Function in Older People: A Longitudinal Follow-up, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH, HHS. Cygnus collects interview data and extensive background information on individuals who have been a part of a study on aging that began in 1964. We successfully met unique challenges in finding the group's members for this follow-up.   


Management of Information Resources on Therapeutic Agents for HIV and Opportunistic Infections, Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, NIAID, NIH, HHS. Cygnus facilitates the survey, identification, retrieval, acquisition, and organization of literature on candidate drugs and agents through literature searches. We also develop and maintain a biomedical and chemical database, abstracting and indexing articles selected for inclusion, and expanding the system to include literature on TB. Cygnus designs Web content and graphics.

Support Services for the 1998 and 2000 Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health: Tobacco Use Among U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Reducing Tobacco Use, Office on Smoking and Health (OHS), CDC, HHS. Cygnus provides a full range of scientific and technical editorial support on the production of these Reports.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Clearinghouse, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH, HHS. We develop and implement systems and procedures for processing requests for information on complementary and alternative medicine. Cygnus also provides responses on the state of scientific research sponsored by NCCAM; creates logo for all Clearinghouse publications; writes, produces, and disseminates educational publications like the NCCAM newsletter to healthcare professionals and the public; and manages NCCAM Web content.

Tobacco Information Dissemination Program, OHS, CDC, HHS. Cygnus manages two major components of this Program: (1) We increase public access to information by designing and building an online bibliographic database of citations and creating a taxonomy to be used for categorizing all smoking and health information within the CDC. (2) Cygnus also operates the media campaign resource center for tobacco control, responding to requests for advertising materials, working in each state to develop media campaigns, and developing an evaluative survey to collect feedback about the resource center.


Cygnus moves to new offices to accommodate its growing staff. Cygnus grows to a staff of more than 75, including experts in the following areas: social sciences, behavioral research, epidemiology, IT, chemical and health databases, biomedical indexing, health policy, communications, publications, human capital, organizational development, employee engagement, and event planning.

General Research and Support Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. Cygnus provides a broad range of management and research services for ~350 assignments, such as planning, management, and reporting on ~60 meetings of 1–3 days with 10–300 participants each year. Our scientific team prepare substantive health services research and policy materials and our evaluation team conducts focus groups. Cygnus’ IT staff support the use of Extranets for various AHRQ programs.

Substance Registration System Database Standardization and Update, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS. Cygnus updates the FDA’s chemical structures for use in the Substance Registration System (SRS) and verifies the chemical structures are correct with emphasis placed on adding and correcting stereochemistry to ensure that a substance has a single unique entry.

Support Services for the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health: The Health Consequences of Smoking, OHS, CDC, HHS. Cygnus provides a full scope of scientific and technical editorial expertise on the production of this Report.


Support Services for the 2006 and 2010 Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke and How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease, OHS, CDC, HHS. Cygnus provides a full range of scientific and technical editorial support on the production of these Reports.

OWER Learning and Development Support Services, Office of Workforce Effectiveness and Resources (OWER), NIAID, NIH, HHS. Cygnus is awarded this contract to provide strategic, programmatic, and operational support to OWER in the areas of learning and organizational development through more than 200 offerings of activities including Navigating NIAID, The Art of Leadership, Essentials of Supervision, Leadership and Executive Coaching, Unit-based Services, Focus on Leadership, Career Development, Retreats, Practical Management Skills, and Organizational Consulting Services.

Prepare Accomplishments and Opportunities Reports, Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce. Cygnus prepares five, full-color, 80–100-page annual reports for NCNR by designing the cover and interior layout, verifying all references, editing content, and production of publications.

Breast Cancer and the Environmental Research Program (BCERP), Needs Assessment National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and NCI, NIH, HHS. Cygnus conducts needs assessment for BCERP research translation and dissemination, to determine if existing educational materials are sufficient or if new materials need to be developed and what will be their most effective format(s).


Logistical Management Support for Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) Meetings with Johns Hopkins University. Cygnus provides planning, management, logistics, and scientific materials development.  

Pandemic Influenza Digital Archive (PIDA) Pilot Project, Division of Library Services (DLS), NIH, HHS. Cygnus indexes and catalogues a large array of documents on influenza that were collected by NIAID Virologist, Dr. David Morens, for a new content management system. We populated a bibliographic database with data, PDFs, and links to full text of articles, and established indexing standards.

Organizational Framework, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment Service (BCRS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS. To assist BCRS in expanding programs and handle increased hiring, Cygnus writes position descriptions, aligns competencies, and provides a 360° management assessment process resulting in greater organizational capacity, performance, and employee satisfaction.

ChemIDplus Database Administration and Maintenance and FDA/NLM Interagency Support Services, NLM, NIH, HHS. Cygnus staff is responsible for adding and maintaining chemical structures and biomedical data for NLM’s ChemIDplus and Drug Information Portal databases (

Facilitation Services and Leadership Development Program for Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), Office of the Director, NIH, HHS. Cygnus provides facilitation and training on appreciation of personal differences and how they benefit the organization, conflict resolution, and change and stress management for a group of 15–20. Using Results Based Leadership and Action Learning Team approaches, we develop leadership competencies and enhance the team.


2015 to Present

Indexing Journal Articles in Biomedical Literature, NLM, NIH, HHS. Cygnus’ biomedical team indexes the PubMed® collection, which includes preparing biomedical and scientific bibliographic citations, and the transliteration of citations in 13 foreign languages.

New Flag Officer and Senior Executive Leadership Development, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense. Cygnus provides leadership development through the MBTI®, 360° PROFILOR Feedback Report, and one-on-one coaching sessions that provide Flag Officers insight into their personal and professional development.

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