Winners Named in the 2012 Idaho Innovation Awards

Winners were announced last night during the seventh annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and Idaho Technology Council (ITC) and supported by Idaho TechConnect and CooperNorman. Winners and finalists were honored at a special awards presentation during the Idaho Technology Council’s third 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. For the first time in the program’s history, there is a tie for winner in one of the program’s categories. The 2012 Idaho Innovation Award winners are as follows:

Commercialized Innovation of the Year

  • earHero by earHero Sales, Inc.

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year (Tie)

  • Vaccine that Prevents Staph and MRSA Infection in Humans and Dairy Cows by Boise State University
  • WhiteCloud Acute Foundations by WhiteCloud Analytics

Innovative Company of the Year

  • ClearWater Analytics

Innovator of the Year

  • Les Cullen, President, InsulStone Inc. and CastleRock Products

“Being named an Idaho Innovation Awards’ finalist or winner symbolizes an unbiased endorsement by our community’s business leaders,” said Jason Prince, Stoel Rives attorney and 2012 Idaho Innovation Awards co-chairman. The nominations were judged by a Selection Committee consisting of nearly 30 leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Cooper Norman. “The Idaho Innovation Awards continues to serve as an important catalyst to bringing important recognition to the tremendous innovators and innovative accomplishments in Idaho,” said Prince.

Following the announcement of the 2012 Idaho Innovation Award winners, Richard Raimondi, Idaho Technology Council chairman announced the induction of Dr. Forrest Bird and Bob Lokken into the ITC “Hall of Fame.” More than 500 individuals from Idaho’s business and academic communities attended the event. The banquet also featured a keynote address from entrepreneur Brad Feld.