SALT LAKE CITY, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighteen high-tech innovations
and the Utah companies that created them have been selected as finalists in
the third annual Stoel Rives UTAH INNOVATION AWARDS. This statewide program
is sponsored by Wasatch Digital iQ magazine, the Utah Engineering Experiment
Station, the Utah Information Technology Association and the business law firm
Stoel Rives LLP, with support from MountainWest Capital Network and the Utah
Life Science Association.
Six winners -- one from each category -- will be announced at an awards
lunch on May 19, 2005 at noon in the University of Utah Olpin Union Ballroom.
A committee of 35 experts from private industry, government and higher
education selected the award finalists, three in each of the program's six
categories: biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices, computer software & Web
services, electrical devices and mechanical devices. Votes were tallied by
the accounting firm KPMG. More details about the awards program are available
LIST OF FINALISTS (BY CATEGORY)
Finalists, listed alphabetically within each category, are as follows:
Biotechnology finalists. AnzenBio's Bio Detector is a handheld device for
on-site detection of bacteria, viruses, mold and biotoxins. The RAZOR
Instrument and PathFinder Sample Pouch, created by Idaho Technology Inc., is a
portable diagnostic instrument for the rapid detection of pathogens. Telomere
Measurement by Quantitative PCR, created by the University of Utah, is an
assay that permits the measurement of Telomere length, which correlates to
mortality from age-related disease.
Chemicals finalists. CarbonX Non-Flammable Textile, created by Chapman
Innovations, is used primarily in protective apparel. Nano-Structured
Coatings, created by High Performance Coatings, Inc., are nanotechnology
surface treatments producing disruptive thermal/corrosion/abrasion resistance
and bonding performance. Carbylan(TM), a new class of biomaterials created by
Sentrx Surgical Inc., promotes scar-free healing in a large variety of
Medical devices finalists. NOMAD Handheld X-Ray System, created by ARIBA
X-Ray Inc., is a truly portable x-ray device for dental radiography.
Proximare PFO Occluder, created by Proximare Inc., is a catheter-delivered
device to close a patent foramen ovale. The Ultrasound CT(TM) Imaging System,
created by TechniScan Medical Systems, is a new, non-invasive ultrasound
technology for breast imaging and analysis.
Computer software & Web services finalists. NetCapture(TM) Business,
created by NetDeposit, Inc., is innovative business software that scans paper
checks and clears them electronically. NextPage 1.5, created by NextPage,
allows people to efficiently share and collaborate on documents without
changing the way they work. RappidMapper's Life Dimension camera and software
is the revolution in visualization. It captures and provides real-world,
photo-quality 3D views with dimensions and GPS data.
Electrical devices finalists. The Barco Blaze, created by Barco, is a
portable 170-inch diagonal, full-color, outdoor LED video and graphics display
solution. 9XTend RF Modem, created by MaxStream, Inc., is a long-range
wireless data modem. Dickson Grating, created by Wasatch Photonics, is an
advanced holographic optic that enables next-generation lasers, optical
networking and biochemical sensor instrumentation.
Mechanical devices finalists. Friction Stir Welding (processing of super-
hard metals) is possible through the collaboration of Brigham Young University
and MegaStir Technologies, Inc. ECONOVA Water Treatment System, created by
Econova Inc., is a mechanical system that treats waste water in minutes
without chemicals. Utah State University's Twisteron technology replaces
ailerons, reducing the drag on an airplane during flight and saving fuel.
"Taking part in this year's Innovation Awards has been an energizing
experience," said UITA president and CEO Richard Nelson. "It is clear that
Utah's high-tech community is vastly filled with an under-discovered
population of young, driven entrepreneurs, who with the help of the UTAH
INNOVATION AWARDS, have now been given an opportunity to make their
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT MAY 19 EVENT
The awards lunch will be the centerpiece event of the Edison Conference, a
day-long event that includes presentations by industry leaders and a showcase
of Utah innovations. The lunch will feature Dr. H. Tracy Hall, this year's
recipient of the Experiment Station's Pathfinder Award, as guest speaker.
The cost to attend the awards lunch only is $40 per person or $320 for a
table that seats eight. The registration fee for the Edison Conference is
$95. The conference cost includes a May 18 pre-event reception and the May 19
day-long event, including the awards lunch. To register for the awards lunch
and the Edison Conference, visit www.utah.edu/uees. For more information,
contact Dr. Terrence Chatwin at 801-581-6348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Company Name Innovation
AnzenBio The Bio Detector
A portable, handheld detection device that enables
fast, cost-effective onsite analysis of a broad
variety of bacteria, viruses, molds, and biotoxins;
used to protect crops, ensure clean homes and
buildings, and counter bioterrorism.
Idaho The RAZOR Instrument and PathFinder Sample Pouch
Technology Inc. A portable diagnostic instrument for the rapid
detection of pathogens. Easy to use and able to
operate on various power sources including solar,
110v/220v, and multiple battery types. Applications
range from clinical diagnosis to field analysis.
University of Telomere Measurement by Quantitative PCR
Utah A rapid and reliable assay for measuring telomere
length, which correlates to mortality from
age-related disease. Shorter telomere length has
been demonstrated in published reports to be
associated with aging, slowing cellular repair, and
Chapman CarbonX Non-Flammable Textile
Innovations Made from inherently flame-resistant fibers, a non-
flammable fabric that offers heat and flame
protection at temperatures up to 2000 degrees F. It
is used primarily in protective apparel for race car
drivers, industrial workers, firefighters, police,
soldiers, and others who need extreme protection.
High Performance Nano-Structured Coatings
Coatings, Inc. Nanotechnology formulated surface treatments
producing superior thermal/corrosion/abrasion
resistance and bonding. These coatings are used in
multiple applications including aerospace thermal
barriers, aerospace wing de-icing, protection from
rain/particulate abrasion, high-density bonding of
composite materials, and protection from acid
Sentrx Carbylan(TM), A New Class of Biomaterials
Surgical Inc. A novel biomaterial that promotes scar-free healing
at an accelerated rate while preventing tissue
adhesion. Appropriate for use in numerous
postsurgical applications including nasal sinuses,
ear drum repair, abdominal adhesion prevention, bone
and cartilage repair, and healing chronic wounds.
ARIBA X-Ray Inc. NOMAD Handheld X-Ray System
A portable x-ray device for dental radiography that
can be used in the dentist's chair or in the field.
NOMAD enables dentists to take an x-ray in virtually
any setting. A single battery charge provides
several hundred x-rays.
Proximare Inc. Proximare PFO Occluder
A minimally invasive catheter-delivered device that
closes a common heart defect known as a patent
foramen ovale (PFO). Unchecked, a PFO can trigger
strokes or migraines by allowing clots or chemicals
to bypass the lungs' filter and enter the brain.
TechniScan Ultrasound CT(TM) Imaging System
Medical Systems A non-invasive, ultrasound imaging technology that
produces 3-D images of the entire breast
automatically and at uniform resolution, providing
radiologists with valuable diagnostic information
that helps them distinguish between different types
of tissues within the breast.
COMPUTER SOFTWARE & WEB SERVICES
NetDeposit, Inc. NetCapture(TM) Business
Business software that scans paper checks and clears
them electronically. This allows businesses using a
special scanner to deposit checks electronically by
submitting images of the checks to the bank over a
secure Internet connection.
NextPage NextPage 1.5
A document management system that allows users to
efficiently share and collaborate on documents with
the tools they use every day -- email and Microsoft
Office. NextPage 1.5 provides real-time awareness
and notifications about the status of documents and
who is currently using them, saving time, reducing
risk, and eliminating "document chaos."
RappidMapper, Inc. Life Dimensional Camera and Software
RappidMapper's Life Dimension camera and software is
the revolution in visualization. It captures and
provides real-world, photo-quality 3D views with
dimensions and GPS data into a scene. The software
then allows you to freely navigate the scene.
Barco The Barco Blaze
A portable LED video and graphics display solution
with a 12' x 9' full-color, high-resolution screen
that lifts up nearly 18 feet into the air. The
Blaze also features 256,000 miniature clustered LEDs
and boasts an IP65 water- and dust-proof rating.
The unit is used at sporting events, concerts,
parties, fairs, grand openings, etc.
MaxStream, Inc. 9XTend RF Modem
A versatile, cost-effective, long-range wireless
data modem used for many applications that need to
send data over long distances. The modem utilizes
sophisticated encryption and operates at the highest
output power, combining high levels of security and
Wasatch Photonics Dickson Grating
Advanced holographic optic diffraction grating
technologies that efficiently manipulate light
regardless of the light's polarization states. This
light combining/splitting tool enables the
development of next-generation devices for lasers,
fiber optic networking, medical diagnostics, and
Brigham Young Friction Stir Welding (Processing of Hard Materials)
University Friction stir welding (FSW) is a new technology that
And MegaStir enables effective welding of previously unweldable
Technologies, Inc. super-hard, high-melting-temperature metals such as
stainless steel, armor plate, and nickel-based
alloys. FSW can quickly weld aircraft aluminum,
stainless vessels, large pipeline joints, and other
Econova Inc. ECONOVA Water Treatment System
A mechanical system that treats waste water in
minutes without the use of chemicals or filters.
Through a three-step process -- oil/water
separation; electrolysis-driven decontamination; and
separation of solids -- the system processes
industrial waste water and produces reusable water.
Utah State Twisteron
University A control surface that modifies and adjusts the air
flow over aircraft wings in varying flight
conditions, producing a reduction in drag without a
corresponding reduction in lift. The ultimate
results are improved fuel economy and increased
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