Local companies in running for CONNECT awards

Five La Jolla companies are among the finalists for CONNECT’s 24th annual Most Innovative New Product “MIP” Awards competition.

The awards, designed to recognize innovation in the region, showcase locally developed, cutting-edge products in eight categories from life-saving medical technologies to the latest action sport creation.

“This year we received a record number of new product nominations, a 35 percent increase over the past three years. This is a significant indication that San Diego is thriving as an innovation center,” said Duane Roth, chief executive officer at CONNECT.

The 24 24 finalists were selected from over 140 nominations, and then evaluated by 150 of San Diego’ leading industry experts and business executives. 
On Dec. 9, the finalists will display their products and learn who the winners are during a luncheon at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

The La Jolla companies in the running are:

— Aerospace and Security Technologies Category:

MicroPower Technologies, Inc. for MPT2500 Rugged-i. Their product is the only integrated, wireless, solar-powered IP video camera, which allows for placement anywhere because it completely eliminates the need for costly trenching and cabling.

— Communications and IT Category:

Kyocera Communications for Kyocera Echo: The first dual-touchscreen smartphone has displays that can be used to run applications side by side, or can combine to form a single display, bridging the gap between cell phones and tablets.

Swarmology, Inc. for Swarmology: The company is the category leader in the life science industries for big data analytics, intelligence and engagement for social media healthcare dialogue

— Life Science – Diagnostics and Research Tools Category:

Targeson, Inc. for Visistar VEGFR2: Their ultrasound molecular imaging agent targeted to the VEGFR2 molecule expressed in tumor angiogenesis is the first-to-market contrast agent to enable ultrasound molecular imaging of primary and metastatic cancers

— Software:

SwoopThat, LLC for SwoopThat: Helping students and their families save up to 75 percent on textbooks in roughly 10 minutes through its proprietary course search technology.

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