Utah-based Innovations Improving Science, Technologies, Services and Products across Multiple Industries

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SALT LAKE CITY- Finalists Named in the 10th Annual Utah Innovation Awards Program

Utahns continue to prove their commitment to excellence and ingenuity by developing promising and cutting-edge innovations designed to advance science and improve medical treatments, industries and everyday conveniences. Twenty-seven innovations, from across multiple industries and business sectors, have been selected as finalists and honorable mention recipients in the 10th annual Utah Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council.

This statewide program, the first of its kind and sponsored by Utah Business magazine, KUER, Webb Audio Visual Communication and Stage 12, is designed to recognize innovations and the Utah companies that created them. Winners will be announced, and finalists and honorable mention recipients will be honored, at a special Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Marriott City Center. Registration is available online at www.stoel.com/utahinnovation.

"The Utah Innovation Awards program is organized to honor and celebrate innovations shaping each industry and business sector in this state," said Rob Yates, 2012 Utah Innovation Awards' Co-Chairman and Stoel Rives Corporate Partner. "The diverse composition of this year's honorees (i.e. cancer-related therapies, a hydration pack, interactive education tools and a custom packaging machine), serves as a very promising indicator of the strength and promise of Utah's economy."

A committee of 50 experts from Utah's private industry, government and academic communities voted on winners and finalists in each of the program's eight categories: Biotechnology; Clean Technology and Energy; Computer Hardware/Electrical Devices; Consumer Products; Consumer Software; Enterprise Software and Business-to-Business Solutions; Mechanical Systems/Chemicals/Manufacturing; and Medical Devices. The Selection Committee votes were tallied by the accounting firm and program supporter, Grant Thornton.

In addition to identifying finalists, the Selection Committee also identified innovations worthy of honorable mention (note: there is no restriction on the number of honorable mention recipients recognized in each category). Below is a complete list of the finalists and honorable mention recipients listed alphabetically by category:

•   Oncology Epigenetic Therapy by Salarius Pharmaceuticals
•   TP-0413 by Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Honorable Mention:
•   Generation of iPS Cells by Stefan Pulst, M.D.

Clean Technology and Energy
•   W-10 Wind Power Universal Transmission by VMT Technologies, LLC

Honorable Mentions:
•   PreChill System by Cooling Concepts, Inc.
•   The PowerPot by Power Practical

Computer Hardware/Electrical Devices
•   Glasses-Free Color Animated Holograms by Holorad LLC
•   Solid State Vacuum Device by InnoSys, Inc.
•   SparkChaser by LiveWire Innovation

Honorable Mention:
•   rad-DX Radiation Detector by VPI Engineering

Consumer Products
•   FIX Technology by Skullcandy Inc.
•   Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration Pack by Hub City Outdoor
•   WaterBlock™ by HzO, Inc.

Honorable Mentions:
•   ageLOC R2 by Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
•   Bicycle Lighting System by LED By LITE

Consumer Software and Web Services
•   Playground by Rain
•   SHOUT TV Mobile App by SHOUT TV Inc.
•   Soropad by Inception Learning

Enterprise Software and Web-Enabled B2B Solutions
•   Canvas by Instructure
•   Needle by Needle Inc.
•   SiteTablet™ by Property Solutions International, Inc.

Mechanical Systems/Chemicals/Manufacturing
•   CarbonX Aluminized Fleece by Chapman Innovations
•   EM7-25 by Packsize International LLC

Honorable Mention:
•   Explosives Detector by Vaporsens

Medical Device
•   Andra Gauge™ by Kosmo Technologies
•   Low Power Ultrasound by Bard Access Systems, Inc.

Honorable Mention:
•   The Freshmedx CB Test™ by Fresh Medical Laboratories, Inc.

The May 1st awards event begins at 11:00 am with finalists showcasing their innovations. The Luncheon will begin at noon. For UTC members, individual seats are $50.00, for non-UTC members, individual seats are $70.00, and a table of ten is $450. To register, visit www.stoel.com/utahinnovation by Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

The program is supported by the Association of Corporate Growth, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, MountainWest Capital Network; USTAR, Utah Manufacturers Association, Wayne Brown Institute, and the Women Technology Council. More details about the awards program are available at www.stoel.com/utahinnovation.

About Stoel Rives LLP
Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing counseling and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states. Stoel Rives is regarded as a leader in corporate, intellectual property, litigation, energy, natural resources, and environmental law. For more information, visit

About Utah Technology Council
The Utah Technology Council is the essential resource for Utah's 4,000 science and technology companies seeking to develop management talent, improve Utah's business environment and raise investment capital. Members can connect and share insights with industry peers, government and academic leaders, professional service providers and venture capital firms. Visit
www.utahtechcouncil.org or call 801.568-3500.

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