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NorTech, Crain's Cleveland Business Honor 2009 Innovation Award Winners

Northeast Ohio innovators recognized for technological breakthroughs

CLEVELAND, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NorTech, in partnership with Crain's Cleveland Business, is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Innovation Award program, which honors outstanding technological achievements of Northeast Ohio innovators who are impacting the lives of citizens in the region and around the world.

This year, a distinguished panel of judges from Northeast Ohio, representing a broad range of technology expertise from academia, venture capital, private industry and economic development, selected ten innovations that have the potential to dramatically impact a specific industry or market sector.

"Since 2000, NorTech has been recognizing technology leaders working at the forefront of research, development and technology commercialization in Northeast Ohio," said Dorothy C. Baunach, President and CEO, of NorTech. "We believe the innovations being recognized today will lay the groundwork for building new technology industries for the future of our region."

On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, award winners will be celebrated and recognized at the 2009 NorTech Innovation Awards event, hosted in partnership with Crain's Cleveland Business. The program will be held at Windows on the River, in the west bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (District 17) will be the keynote speaker for the evening. More information about the event is available at:

Below is a list of this year's NorTech Innovation Awards winners and a brief description of their innovation. (Complete editorial coverage of the winner's can be found in the February 16th edition of Crain's Cleveland Business.)

Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

Biotech Platform to Detect, Monitor and Treat Viral Diseases

A set of diagnostic tests used by physicians and researchers to monitor the success of anti-HIV treatment by determining drug resistance and disease "strength" of the virus. The technology can also be used for academic research to better understand this virus and to develop better vaccines.

Pathogen Systems, Inc.

Rapid Pathogen Detection System

A liquid crystal-based antibody system for rapid detection of common pathogens in water samples. This new technology is designed to replace standard microbiological testing which requires incubation periods of up to 24 hours. The product is also being adapted for pathogen testing for the military and homeland security and for the food industry.

KenCak LLC and The University of Akron

Bio-Artificial Pancreas

An implantable device made from electro-spun nano-fibers and insulin producing cells from a pig. The device is a long-term treatment of Type 1 and 2 diabetes, allowing for a more normal lifestyle and eliminating the need for daily finger pricks, blood testing and insulin injections.

NASA Glenn Research Center and ZIN Technologies


A compact, wireless biometric monitoring system originally designed to track the health of astronauts while onboard the International Space Station. This revolutionary technology has applications beyond the aerospace industry, allowing medical personnel in a hospital or clinical setting to remotely monitor the health of patients, reducing the frequency of hospital stays, nursing visits and medical costs.

NeuroWave Systems, Inc.

The Neuro-SENSE Monitor

A system for monitoring patient brain activity while under anesthesia. This real-time evaluation of a patient's brain waves is expected to significantly improve the standard-of-care for patients while under sedation, helping reduce anesthesia-associated risks and reducing recovery time in post-care units.

Quality Electrodynamics, LLC

Ultra Compact MRI Pre-amplifier

Dramatically increases diagnostic imaging resolution, allowing for improved detection of cancer and other critical diseases, all with reduced scanning time, offering a faster, clearer, and more comfortable imaging experience for both doctors and patients.

Sensor Development Corporation

Microbial Volatile Organic Compound Sensor

A platform technology that protects critical food supplies through early detection of deadly micro-toxins while the product is in storage or transit, ensuring greater that amounts of quality grain supplies reach domestic and international markets for consumption and ethanol production. The platform can also be used for other molds, insects in grain, indoor air quality, peanuts, and medical diagnostics.

Powdermet, Inc.

SComP(TM) Syntactic Composites

A light-weight, high-strength metallic composite that has exceptional energy absorption capabilities, deflecting severe impact from explosives, bullets and collisions, which has a variety of automotive and military applications.

Arisdyne Systems, Inc.

Hydrodynamic Cavitation Process for Bio-Diesel Production

Efficiently producing bio-fuels from raw grain and non-food feed stocks, this process delivers increased fuel output with less energy input, reduced demand on grain food supplies while remaining environmentally friendly, providing a dependable, renewable fuel source for domestic and international markets.

GreenField Solar Corporation

High-Intensity Photovoltaic Concentrator

Efficiently converts sunlight into clean and inexpensive electricity. This innovative, easy to build tracking concentrator system promises to substantially reduce the cost of solar energy, driving this technology into mainstream production. The system requires no outside fuel source to operate and leaves no CO2 or radioactive waste during or after its lifespan.

For more information about the 2009 NorTech Innovation Awards winners, visit or

About NorTech:

NorTech, the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition leads the technology agenda for a 21 county region within Northeast Ohio. NorTech's mission is to build a vibrant and globally-competitive economy by serving as the strategic voice and catalyst for technology based economic development (TBED) in Northeast Ohio. NorTech accomplishes its mission by linking and leveraging the region's technology, entrepreneurship and innovation assets to make Northeast Ohio one of the top ten places in the world to learn, work, innovate, and invest.

About Crain's Cleveland Business:

For a quarter-century, Crain's Cleveland Business has been Northeast Ohio's leading source for weekly business news, analysis and commentary. Every Monday, its award-winning editorial staff reports on area companies, executives and business owners in manufacturing, finance, healthcare, real estate, higher education, government, non-profit, technology, small business, law and more. Crain's also holds a number of Awards Dinners such as 40 Under 40, Women Of Note, CFO of the Year and 20 In Their 20's, along with various business-focused breakfasts and lunches.

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