Seven San Diego Companies were honored at Connect's Most Innovative New Product awards.

Seven San Diego Companies were honored at Connect's Most Innovative New Product awards.

San Diego-based Connect named 21 finalists for its Most Innovative New Product Awards. The companies will have the chance to showcase everything from medical devices to software solutions at the Dec. 5 event, with the chance to compete for the title of “most innovative.”

To be selected, companies must have introduced the product in 2017 or later, and must have generated revenue from sales. In addition, products may not be selected as finalists more than once.

This year will be the first year that Connect and the San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) have hosted the event together. The two organizations merged in April, bringing together one of San Diego’s oldest startup accelerators with a nonprofit that has helped attract investors to the region.

“We are very excited to be celebrating cutting edge entrepreneurship in San Diego through the Most Innovative New Product Awards,” Connect with SDVG CEO Mike Krenn said in a news release. “Our mission is to promote and support innovative companies in San Diego, and our finalists this year are leading the way in technology and life sciences.”

This year’s finalists were divided into seven categories, ranging from cleantech to defense. They include:

Big Data Finalists:

GigaIO: FabreX from GigaIO is a new network architecture for data center systems that integrates computing, storage and memory into a single-system fabric throughout the rack or cluster, using industry standard PCI Express technology.

MemComputing: The MemCPU SaaS product from MemComputing solves today’s most complex optimization problems in a fraction of the time typically needed. Problems that take hours or days today are solved in minutes or seconds by MemComputing.

Suavei: Suavei has developed and deployed a self-calibrating threat management solution available for wirelessly connected devices or Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Suavei's solution enables businesses to rapidly find, assess, and fix security vulnerabilities in critical network infrastructure connected over wireless and wireline networks.

Cleantech Finalists:

Aquacycl: The BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology (BETT) from Aquacycl offers a solution for decentralized wastewater treatment that produces electricity (no methane), eliminates sludge, and enables water reuse with minimal operating expense.

GroGuru: GroGuru develops technology that allows soil sensors to be permanently installed underground. This technology reduces the total cost of ownership and gives farmers year-round data that is critical for strategic irrigation management.

Uprise Energy: Uprise Energy has developed the world’s first commercially sized mobile wind turbine. The Uprise Energy Mobile Power Station is a 10kW portable wind turbine that delivers low cost, clean energy.

Defense Finalists:

CP Technologies: CP Technologies’ MTP rugged portable trifold computers are module, high-performance computers designed for use in challenging real-world military, industrial and commercial applications.

CUBIC: Cubic’s Secure Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) Advanced Training Environment (SLATE) adds simulated aircraft and threats to the live aircraft and threats in U.S. fighter displays to increase the enemy density during training missions.

Innoflight: KI-103 from Innoflight is a satellite encryption/decryption unit that allows for U.S. Government data to be securely communicated from a satellite to the ground station, and vice versa.

Life Sciences & Healthtech Finalists:

Cardea Bio: The Genome Sensor is the world's first DNA Search Engine that can find genetic mutations in as little as fifteen minutes.

Leo Lens Technology: Leo Lens Technology (LLT) is focused on using its platform-printing technology to commercialize a contact lens that can deliver drugs topically to patients, instead of eye drops.

LunaPBC: LunaDNA is a platform where users can share de-identified health information in a secure environment. Users have control of their health data and can shares in the company for sharing it.

Medical Device Finalists:

IRRAS: IRRAflow is a medical device that can change how the most severe stroke patients are treated. IRRAflow combines brain pressure measurement and necessary fluid drainage that reduces swelling with automated irrigation that enhances drainage of deadly collected blood.

NeuraLace Medical: NeuraLace Medical is developing a non-invasive, non-opioid treatment for patients suffering from chronic peripheral neuropathic pain. NeuraLace’s device uses magnetic therapy to provide immediate and sustained pain relief for patients.

NuVasive: LessRay is a hospital operating room smart imaging platform that’s shown to reduce radiation exposure by 75% and enhance workflow. The platform integrates with traditional, mobile C-arm imaging systems used to obtain X-ray (fluoroscopic) images during surgery while reducing the amount of radiation emission associated with taking low-dose fluoroscopic images.

Smart City & Transportation Finalists:

CUBIC: Cubic’s Monolithic D-Band Antenna for Ultra High Bandwidth Data Transmission (D-Band) enables wireless, ultra-high data rate networks in urban environments.

Platform Science: Platform Science is an enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) open platform for fleet management. It connects the vehicles, devices and apps for smart transportation using a combination of hardware and software solutions.

Airspace Technologies: Airspace Technologies’ platform provides logistics companies automatic quoting, routing, and real-time notifications. The platform is built on an ecosystem of applications to keep all stakeholders up to date.

Software Finalists:

GoSite: GoSite's platform provides a variety of software solutions to small businesses. The tools are designed to help a small businesses market themselves, manage their business, and ultimately get paid by their customers.

Seismic: Seismic HomePage is a situationally aware homepage that spotlights relevant information for each individual seller and recommends next steps based on what is likely to help them engage their unique set of buyers.

Yembo: Yembo is building AI technology to make the moving process easier. Yembo's computer vision technology can inventory the items in a room that need to be moved, providing a quote from moving companies within minutes.