An event touted as a precursor to bigger and better things, Connect’s 20th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards luncheon will continue the tradition of showcasing local companies that have produced cutting-edge technologies.
Connect recently announced its finalists for the MIP awards. The event, set for Dec. 14 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, is expected to draw an audience of 850 entrepreneurs, executives, service providers and others.
From early stage biotechnology companies to the first products generated by the region’s telecommunications boom, the awards program has proven to be an indicator of the industries and technologies that have shaped the local economy.
Duane Roth, chief executive officer of Connect, says competition was especially fierce this year in the areas of health care and clean technology.
“This year’s products showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that established the San Diego region as a leader in innovation,” said Roth, whose San Diego-based organization supports entrepreneurs and small businesses involved in the technology and life sciences industries. “These finalists represent the pinnacle of our innovative success.”
The award finalists were selected from approximately 100 entries representing a broad range of companies in seven categories. The 2007 finalists are:
Software and IT:
Certona Corp. for Resonance for Email
Airsis Inc. for PortVision
V-Enable for Mobile411
Communications Technology and Hardware:
Luxtera for CMOS Photonics 10Gbps transceiver
Mushroom Networks Inc. for BBNA5000
Ortiva Wireless for Ortiva Mobile Content Delivery Network, or Mobile-CDN
CSIdentity Corp. for SAFE
General Electric Security for SRT Kiosk Shoe Scanner
Seacoast Science Inc. for SC-210 Chemical Sensing Platform
RASIRC for RainMaker HS
Senomyx Inc. for Senomyx savory flavor ingredients
VOZ Sports Inc. for Lynk series of sports helmets
Life Sciences , Medical Products:
CorTechs Labs Inc. for NeuroQuant
SkinMedica for Desonate
Artes Medical for ArteFill
Life Sciences , Diagnostics and Research Tools:
AviaraDx Inc. for H/I
Illumina Inc. for DNA custom methylation assay
Invitrogen Corp. for Organelle Lights Reagents
RegeneMed Inc. for RegeneTOX
Advanced Transit Dynamics Inc. for TrailerTrail Fleet
Biodiesel Inc. for bio-diesel fuel test kits
Seacoast Science Inc. for SeaPort Mini GC , Environmental Monitoring System
, Heather Chambers