Utah Innovation Awards honor technology’s best
Published: May 1, 2012 06:44PM
Updated: May 1, 2012 06:48PM
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Fraughton Photography Rick Peterson, of HzO Inc. slides an I Pad along with an IPhone into a small tank of water to demonstrate his company's WaterBlock (tm) technology which protects electronic devices from water. Company literature describes the WaterBlock as, " a thin film nano-coating wrapping itself around a devices components and providing water blocking and corrosive protection without disrupting performance of the original appearance". Hzo Inc was a finalist in the 10th annual Utah Innovation Awards held at the Marriott City Center Capital Ballroom. Tuesday, May 1, 2012

During a luncheon Tuesday at Salt Lake’s Marriott City Center, Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council honored the 2012 recipients of the Utah Innovation Awards, a program in its 10th year.

A committee made up of almost 60 experts from private industry, government and higher education selected eight winners from 19 finalists:

Biotechnology • Pharmaceutical Epigenetic Therapies for Cancer Patients, by Salarius Pharmaceuticals

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

Computer Hardware/Electrical Devices • Glasses-Free Color Animated Holograms, by Holorad LLC

Consumer Products • WaterBlock, by HzO Inc.

Consumer Software/Web Services • Soropad, by Inception Learning.

Enterprise Software/Web-Enabled B2B Solutions • Needle by Needle Inc.

Mechanical Systems/Chemicals/Manufacturing • EM7-25, by Packsize International LLC.

Medical Device • Prevue Ultrasound System & Pinpoint Disposables, by Bard Access Systems Inc.

The Utah Innovation Awards 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 Tech Council.

Program sponsors include Stage 12, Utah Business Magazine, Webb Audio Visual Communication and KUER 90.1.