Most Innovative Products Awards-2013
Connect Presents 2013’s
Most Innovative New Product Awards
A breakthrough rifle sight for the military that corrects for aiming errors and an internal combustion engine that increases fuel efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions are two of the products recognized by Connect Friday at the 26th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards.
The organization honored San Diego-based companies and innovative leaders who launched groundbreaking new products in nine different categories in the past year.
In addition to the nine companies honored for their outstanding new products, two awards for exemplary industry contributions were given. The William W. Otterson Award, for local technologies or products that have demonstrated a significant positive impact on society and our quality of life, was formally presented to Life Technologies for empowering breakthroughs in genomics. The Distinguished Contribution Award for Life Sciences and Technology Innovation was awarded posthumously to former CEO Duane Roth, who died in August. It will be renamed in his honor.
The 2013 MIP Award winners:
Aerospace and Security Technologies category:
Cubic Defense Applications for One Shot, a breakthrough in long-range targeting accuracy that automatically measures and corrects for all aiming errors including — for the first time ever — downrange crosswind speed and direction. It gives our warfighters a decisive battlefield advantage.
Communications and IT category:
iboss Network Security for iboss Cloud Web Security with Device Management. iboss Cloud Web Security with Device Management provides SaaS mobile device web security and management, enabling organizations to safely integrate mobile technology. Utilizing the cloud, iboss Cloud Web Security with Device Management secures company data, protects against web threats and ensures industry compliance seamlessly within minutes.
Hardware and General Technology category:
Nextivity Inc. for Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster. Cel-Fi is a smart signal booster that maximizes a user’s indoor wireless experience by eliminating in-building dead zones. Cel-Fi increases wireless data speeds and eliminates dropped calls for wireless subscribers by boosting signal strength from one bar to five bars.
Life Sciences–Diagnostics and Research Tools category:
Life Technologies for Ion AmpliSeq Exome. Ion AmpliSeq Exome Kit isolates key regions of the genome with unparalleled ease and speed, leveraging PCR, a routine lab technique. Taking six hours instead of several days, this provides the simplest, fastest exome sequencing solution for researchers studying disease.
Life Sciences–Medical Products category:
Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. for KYNAMRO, the first FDA-approved, systemically delivered, antisense drug and a product of Isis’ drug discovery technology platform. KYNAMRO is designed to inhibit LDL-cholesterol formation and is marketed to treat patients with HoFH, a genetic disease characterized by severely high LDL-cholesterol.
Mobile Apps category:
OneHealth Solutions Inc. for OneHealth, a mobile application combining social technology, game mechanics and clinical principles to support chronic condition and behavioral health patients. Through real-time peer support, OneHealth experts and evidence-based clinical resources, patients actively manage their conditions anytime, anywhere.
Emotient for FACET. Emotient is the leading authority in facial expression recognition. Emotient’s flagship product is FACET, a software development kit for automatic emotion detection. Emotient’s technology translates facial expressions into actionable information, enabling companies to develop emotion-aware technologies and create new levels of customer engagement.
Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies category:
Hookit for Hookit Athlete Index. Marketers invest $12 billion in athlete endorsements every year. Hookit has created the first ever tool to track and monetize athletes’ real-time influence in today’s complex world of digital media.
Achates Power Inc. for Achates Power Opposed-Piston, Two-Stroke Engine.
Achates Power has developed radically improved internal combustion engines that increase fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are lower cost. These engines meet the U.S. military’s stringent requirements for power density, fuel efficiency, heat rejection and multi-fuel capabilities.
For the complete list of winners and additional information on the CONNECT MIP Awards, visit www.connect.org/mip.
Tyler Orion is currently serving as Connect’s interim president. Having previously retired in 2006 as chief operating officer of Connect, she sits on both the Connect Foundation and Association boards. Tyler served as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance from 2001 until its merger with Connect in 2005. Her career has included technology business development, defense conversion, manufacturing process improvement and business incubation, and she has operated several successful service firms, with an emphasis on emerging and early-stage technology.