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Innovative Spirit Thriving in Utah

Sarah Cutler

May 2, 2012


Utah companies and members of the business, technology and academic communities gathered for the 10th annual Utah Innovation Awards program at the Salt Lake City Marriott Center on Tuesday. The event was presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council and had more than 300 attendees.

Kevin Laurence, founder of the innovation awards and Stoel Rives partner, said, “It’s been wonderful to see the community participate the way that it has. When we first dreamt up the innovation awards, we started it as a way to help companies to have third-party validation for their innovations.”

Guest speaker Sen. Orrin G. Hatch commented on the creativity and dedication of the companies being honored. “Some of the most innovative, creative and brightest people that I’ve come across are in Utah leading our companies, inventing new products and endorsing new technology to survive in our state and compete globally,” Hatch said.

The winner of the Computer Hardware/Electrical Devices category was Holorad LLC.

Daniel Burman, CEO and president of Holorad, said, “There is truly a lot of innovation going on in the state of Utah and we are proud to be included amongst these. We have had tremendous support. We are very excited to be building our company right here in the state of Utah.”

Finalists and winners were recognized in this statewide competition in eight categories. Below is a complete list of the winners, finalists and honorable mention recipients listed alphabetically by innovation name for each category:

Medical Device

Winner

  • Low Power Ultrasound by Bard Access Systems

Finalist

  • Andra Gauge by Kosmo Technologies

Honorable Mention

  • The Freshmedx CB Test by Freshmedx

BioTechnology

Winner

  • Oncology Epigenetic Therapy by Salarius Pharmaceuticals

Finalist

  • TP-0413 by Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Honorable Mention

  • Generation of iPS Cells by Stefan Pulst, M.D.

Clean Technology and Energy

Winner

  • W-10 Wind Power Universal Transmission by VMT Tech

Honorable Mention

  • PreChill System by Cooling Concepts, Inc.
  • The PowerPot by Power Practical

Computer Hardware/Electrical Devices

Winner

  • Glasses-free color animated holograms by Holorad

Finalists

  • Solid State Vacuum Device by InnoSys, Inc.
  • SparkChaser by LiveWire Innovation

Honorable Mention

  • rad-DX Radiation Detector by VPI Engineering

Consumer Products

Winner

  •  WaterBlock(TM) by HzO, Inc.

Finalists

  • Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Pack by Hub City Outdoor
  • FIX Technology by Skullcandy

Honorable Mention

  • ageLOC R2 from Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
  • Bicycle Lighting System by LED By LITE

Consumer Software and Web Services

Winner

  • Soropad by Inception Learning

Finalists

  • Playground by Rain
  • SHOUT TV Mobile App

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