Winners Named in the 2011 Idaho Innovation Awards

Winners were announced last night during the sixth annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and Idaho Technology Council (ITC) and sponsored by the Idaho Business Review and Idaho National Laboratory. Winners and finalists were honored at a special awards presentation during the Idaho Technology Council’s second annual Hall of Fame Celebration at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

As the state’s only innovation awards program, the Idaho Innovation Awards recognize innovative accomplishments in four categories. The 2011 Idaho Innovation Award winners are as follows:

Commercialized Innovation of the Year

  • Sports Concussion Alert System by Ambient Sensors, LLC

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year

  • Potato Products With Enhanced Resistant Starch by University of Idaho

Innovative Company of the Year

  • PakSense

Innovator of the Year

  • Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, President and CEO, Episciences, Inc.

The nominations were judged by a Selection Committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Cooper Norman.

Following the announcement of the 2011 Idaho Innovation Award winners, Richard Raimondi, Idaho Technology Council Chairman announced the induction of Jack Lemley and Steve Hodges into the ITC “Hall of Fame.” Governor Butch Otter was on hand to join in the celebration, along with more than 600 individuals from Idaho’s business and academic communities. The evening concluded with a keynote address by Phil Bond, former President and CEO of TechAmerica.

The Idaho Innovation Awards is also supported by Cooper Norman and Idaho TechConnect.

About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing counseling and litigation services throughout the United States. The firm’s 360 attorneys provide client-focused services to a wide range of clients from 11 offices in seven states. Stoel Rives is regarded as a leader in energy, natural resources, environment, litigation, corporate and intellectual property law. For more information about Stoel Rives please visit www.stoel.com.

About Kickstand: Kickstand is an entrepreneur support organization for Idaho’s innovators, in any industry, who need help from the local community in order to succeed. Kickstand provides live and virtual forums to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial community and promote business creation and growth. With the tagline “network, learn & grow,” Kickstand is a non-profit group founded in 2002 by a handful of young technology companies and like-minded service providers who believed they could achieve greater success by sharing ideas and success stories. With some 300 members and three affiliate groups around Idaho, Kickstand provides opportunities for its members to make connections, learn start-up tips, and develop as individuals and members of teams or as “intrapreueurs” inside larger companies. For more information visit www.kickstand.org.

About Idaho Technology Council: The Idaho Technology Council’s mission is to become the premier member-driven technology association dedicated to fostering the growth of technology companies in the state of Idaho, primarily in the areas of information technology, agriscience, and energy. The ITC provides a valuable forum for industry, research, educators, investors, and government throughout the state. It also advocates for creating a strong technology ecosystem and a high quality, high paid workforce. For more information visit www.idahotechcouncil.org.