Community Leader’s View — Wanted: San Diego’s most innovative new products

By Steve Hoey

Senior Program Manager

CONNECT

With more than 1,100 patents granted and 70 tech start-ups created in San Diego last quarter, our region is proving ripe with innovation. CONNECT not only tracks these important innovation indicators for our region in its recently released quarterly Innovation Report, but also hosts the CONNECT Most Innovative New Product “MIP” Awards, the flagship event of the nearly 350 events they host annually.

In its 24th year, the event is one of the country’s major innovation award competitions focusing on largest innovation clusters in the San Diego region: Action and Sport Technologies, Aerospace and Security Technologies, Clean Technology, Communications and IT, Hardware and General Technology, Life Sciences — Diagnostic and Research Tools, Life Science — Medical Products and Software.

“These awards highlight San Diego’s top innovations by showcasing the best new locally developed products,” said CONNECT CEO Duane Roth. “The products developed here have made a substantial impact, not only in San Diego, but worldwide — from inexpensive energy alternatives to lifesaving medical devices. …”

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 2, and to be eligible, the product must have been introduced between March 2010 and September 2011, generated revenue from sales and be a first-time product nominee. Past winners have included pioneering growth companies such as Biomatrica, ecoATM and NeuroVigil, as well as multi-national corporations including FICO, Intuit, Life Technologies, Qualcomm and WD-40.

Dr. Philip Low, founder, chairman, and CEO of La Jolla-based NeuroVigil, the wireless neurodiagnostics company and winner of a 2010 CONNECT MIP Award, said “NeuroVigil has brought its technology platform to four continents and has been recognized multiple times for its innovations at the local, national and international levels. … Preparing for the MIP gave us a very unique opportunity to coalesce and present our thoughts around both the technological advancements NeuroVigil is contributing as well as their disruptive positioning in the marketplace, a truly invaluable exercise for any innovative company.”

From the over 100 nominations submitted, 24 finalists will be selected, however, only eight will take the stage and claim the title as a 2011 CONNECT MIP Award Winner. Join the leaders of San Diego’s technology community at the awards luncheon on Dec. 9 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. For more information on the CONNECT MIP Awards, please visit:

www.connect.org/programs/most-innovative-products-award/nominate/

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