Dec 11 2009
CONNECT, one of the nation's most successful
regional economic development programs for high technology and life science
innovators, today announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Most Innovative
New Product (MIP) Awards. More than 800 of San Diego's top executives,
entrepreneurs and academics attended the lunchtime event at the Hilton La
Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel. For the past 22 years, CONNECT's MIP Awards have
served as a benchmark for predicting San Diego's most successful emerging
The MIP Award winners were selected from 100 entries representing a broad
range of companies within eight categories: action and sport, aerospace and
security, cleantech, diagnostics and research tools, medical products,
software, hardware and general technology and communications and IT.
The 2009 MIP Award winners are:
Action and Sport Technologies: Neptunic Technologies for Neptech Protective
Neptech Protective Material is a light weight and clothing-like protective
textile used in the manufacturing and design of specialized gear for the
action sports and defense industries.
Aerospace and Security Technologies: Intevac Photonics, Inc. for Night Port
Night Port is a digital night vision viewer which offers extremely low
light sensitivity, compact size, low weight and increased power performance
for government and surveillance applications.
Clean Technology: ecoATM for ecoATM
ecoATM is an eCycling Station that automates trade-in and recycling
programs for consumer electronics and mobile phone retailers by
automatically inspecting used electronics, evaluating the condition and
enabling the immediate buy back directly from consumers.
Hardware and General Technology: Cymer for XLR 600ix
XLR 600ix is a flexible power excimer laser light source for semiconductor
lithography, addressing the market demand for electronic devices requiring
smaller and more powerful computer chips.
Life Science -- Diagnostics and Research Tools: Naviscan for the Stereo
Navigator Breast Biopsy Accessory
Stereo Navigator Breast Biopsy Accessory is a Positron Emission Tomography
(or PET) guided biopsy tool that enables physicians to guide compatible
interventional devices toward abnormalities in the breast.
Life Science -- Medical Products: SynergEyes for ClearKone
ClearKone is a hybrid contact lens specifically designed for patients with
moderate to advanced stages of keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease,
that delivers a significant healthy amount of oxygen to the eye while
maintaining a strong bond between the rigid and soft materials.
Software: Verance Corporation for Cinavia
A technology platform that employs Verance's proprietary audio watermarking
techniques to enable the enactment of use policies for audiovisual content
across a broad range of distribution channels and devices.
Communications & IT: Nextivity for Cel-Fi
Indoor cellular coverage technology that is network safe, mass deployable,
self installable and provides a measurable difference coverage and data
In addition to celebrating the most innovative new products of the year,
CONNECT also announced the William W. Otterson Award recipient. In memory
of CONNECT's founder and first executive director, Bill Otterson, the
Otterson Award recognizes technologies or products developed in San Diego
that have demonstrated a significant positive impact on quality of life.
This year's Otterson Award was presented to General Atomics Aeronautical
Systems, Inc. for the Predator. The Predator is the most successful
unmanned aircraft surveillance program that has ever been made to support
all the U.S. armed forces in combat. The Predator provides tactical and
strategic intelligence to operational commanders worldwide.
"The quality of this year's winners is a reflection on the strength of the
innovation economy in San Diego," said Duane Roth, CEO of CONNECT. "The MIP
winners are great examples of the many companies that keep our region at
the forefront of innovation."
The CONNECT MIP Awards program has been an indicator of the industries and
technologies that have stimulated the San Diego economy, from early stage
biotechnology companies to the first products generated by the region's