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MIP Awards display the best of San Diego's Innovation economy

December 5, 2014

San Diego’s tech community was celebrated on Thursday at CONNECT’s 27th Most Innovative New Products awards. Eight awards were given to outstanding companies representing the best of our innovation economy. Two individuals were honored with the newly renamed Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award.

The winner in the Aerospace and Security Technologies category was CyberFlow Analytics for FlowScape. FlowScape continuously analyzes billions of unstructured application and network traffic flows and applies machine learning algorithms to provide real-time actionable intelligence for anomalous behavior.

In the Communications and IT category the winner was Cubic for its NextBus Fleet Management Application, a modular, mobile gateway for connecting passengers and public transit managers to valuable real-time travel and operations information.

The award for Diagnostics and Research Tools went to Organovo’s exVive3D Liver model – functional 3D liver tissue constructs consisting of multiple primary human cell types which are found in native human liver. Organovo uses proprietary 3D bioprinting technology intended to improve preclinical drug discovery programs.

RockMyRun developed by Rock My World took the award in the Mobile Apps category. The app takes biometric data from smartphones and fitness wearable devices and then adjusts the music you’re listening to so that it matches your body, leading to increased enjoyment and improvement in performance.

In the Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices category Topera won for the topera 3d electrophysiologic mapping system which identifies the mechanisms that sustain atrial fibrillation in arrhythmia patients. By helping physicians visualize and localize these precise sources the topera system provides essential information for better patient outcomes.

CloudBeds won in the Software category. CloudBeds is an operating system for hotels where properties can manage their operations easily through online tools and distribute real-time room inventory to consumers and travel agents worldwide. This increases a property’s revenue while lowering its costs using learning algorithms that optimize a property’s room prices, availability and back-office tasks.

Pictured: Electrozyme's sensor

The Sports and Active Lifestyle Technologies award was claimed by Electrozyme (pictured) for the world’s first personal hydration monitor capable of assessing fluid and electrolyte loss in a non-invasive, real-time fashion. The wearable product indicates when it is time to rehydrate and also how much and with what to rehydrate.

The Solatube SkyVault Series won the Sustainability award. It employs advanced optics to deliver maximum daylight with minimal heat gain in large spaces with high, open ceilings. Modular components let designers spread light evenly, enhance light capture or control focus with one system.

The Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award for Life Science Innovation was given to Denny Sanford. Sanford’s philanthropic support for San Diego’s life science research community, particularly in the area of regenerative medicine, has enabled San Diego to become a worldwide leader in stem cell research and clinical development. Malin Burnham accepted the award on Sanford’s behalf and spoke eloquently about his friend and colleague and how he “puts his money where his mind is.”

The Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award for Technology Innovation was given to Robert Sullivan, dean of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. Although Sullivan was unaware that he was receiving the award he quickly reacted with graciousness and praise for the San Diego community and its steadfast support for the development of a world-class business school. Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked the Rady School first in the United States in Intellectual Capital, which is a quality measure of faculty research.

More than 600 people gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 25 finalist companies and congratulate the winners.