Winners and Finalists: 2015


SBANE is proud to present the 2015 New England Innovation Awards Winners:

Affirmed is the industry leader in virtualized mobile networks, as its solution has become the standard for the world’s top mobile operators, including AT&T who selected them as part of their Domain 2.0 program in 2014.  With more than 20 customers and 40 trials underway with Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators globally, the company’s Mobile Content Cloud solution is enabling operators to experience the technical and economic benefits of NFV.
 BioDirection is developing the first point-of-care system for the objective diagnosis of concussions and other traumatic brain injury (TBI). A diagnosis can be obtained from a single drop of blood in 90 seconds, whether on the sidelines, at the doctor’s office or in the Emergency Room.
 Comark, headquartered in Milford Massachusetts, employs over 100 highly skilled employees who design and manufacture interactive computer and display solutions for industrial, transit and public infrastructure. Comark was recently selected to design and build public communications structures to replace 6000 phone booths with free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York City.
 Convergent Dental, Inc., is a privately owned dental device company and developer of Solea™, the first FDA approved CO2 9.3 micron dental laser for hard and soft tissue. It’s fast, precise, virtually noiseless and anesthesia-free for the vast majority of procedures. Patients love the experience. Dentists love the dramatically-improved efficiency.
 HALO Maritime Defense Systems has developed cutting-edge technology to protect strategic maritime assets such as oil and gas facilities, ports and naval bases, and sensitive coastal assets. Creating an entirely new product class, the company recently completed installing a fully automated marine sea gate at a strategic naval base overseas.
 Medrobotics Corporation is a privately funded medical device company in Raynham, MA that has developed the first commercially available flexible robotic surgery platform.  The Company’s Flex® System extends the surgeon’s ability to operate in hard-to-reach areas and promises to increase access to minimally invasive surgery for many patients.
 Safe and Sound is a non-profit school safety organization, founded by parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook School tragedy.  We develop and provide school safety education and resources to help schools better understand, prevent, and respond to school based emergencies.  We aim to empower school communities with our unique problem-solving approach to safety for today’s schools.
 The New England Center for Children is committed to helping children and families with autism reach their fullest potential.  With The Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, the prescription for autism, NECC is now helping special educators around the world do the same.



Congratulations to the Finalists of this year’s program:

 Adoption & Foster Care (AFC) Mentoring empowers youth in foster care to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. AFC matches foster youth with long-term volunteer mentors and teaches financial literacy, employment and education related skills that help youth to thrive in adulthood.
 Airmar Technology Corporation is a world leader in ultrasonic sensor technology for marine and industrial applications. We manufacture advanced ultrasonic transducers, flow sensors, WeatherStation instruments, and electronic compasses used for a wide variety of applications. Fishing, navigation, meteorology, survey, level measurement, process control, and proximity sensing are just some of our markets. Established in 1982, Airmar’s headquarters are located in Milford, New Hampshire with distribution offices in Lake City, South Carolina and Saint Malo, France.
 The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDN addresses the unique challenges facing young adults with diabetes.
 CommonWealth Kitchen (formerly CropCircle Kitchen) operates Boston’s only non-profit food business incubator and shared-use kitchen. Our mission is to promote small business development, create local jobs with few barriers to entry, improve access to fresh, healthy food in low-income neighborhoods and strengthen our regional food economy.
 Drizly is the technology company powering a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor. Combining the best selection and price, content-rich and personalized shopping experiences, and the speed and convenience of on-demand delivery, Drizly delivers “The Joy of Drinking” to legal-age drinkers across the United States.
 Gamma Medica, Inc., is dedicated to the development of advanced digital imaging technologies that address the growing importance of overcoming the critical shortcomings of mammography. We design, build and service the LumaGEM® MBI system, the first commercially available, FDA-cleared planar, dual head, fully solid-state digital imaging system utilizing dual-head Digital Direct Conversion Gamma Imaging™ (DDCGI™) technology for molecular breast imaging.
 Mevion is changing the economics and accessibility of proton therapy, a more precise form of radiation therapy. Its MEVION S250 system offers all the treatment benefits of large, expensive proton therapy systems, but removes the obstacles of size, cost and complexity, helping more patients access the cancer care they need.
 NeuroMetrix is a publicly traded (Nasdaq:NURO) medical technology company that develops innovative wearable technology and point-of-care neurodiagnostic devices. The Company’s products are used to better manage chronic pain, neurological diseases and sleep disorders. NeuroMetrix was founded as a spinoff from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
 Oyo Sportstoys is the fastest growing hardgoods licensee in professional sports and is a game changer for US manufacturing. Our main products are minifigures of your favorite athlete with customized product and packaging produced on-demand. Our innovation comes from highly variable real-time manufacturing of small quantities at large scale.
 Rapid Micro Biosystems provides an innovative automated system for faster, more efficient detection of microbial contamination. The patented method enables pharmaceutical, medical device and personal care product manufacturers to deliver safe, high quality products rapidly and at a lower cost, resulting in improved patient health, safety, and well-being.
Rifiniti’s software-as-a-service enables companies to reduce office space by up to 50%. Customers use our advanced analytics to rightsize, improve design, maximize employee collaboration, and reduce costs. Rifiniti has over 270 buildings (~35 million SF) under continuous monitoring worldwide for customers, including Microsoft, EMC, Fidelity, Lenovo, Cisco, ExxonMobil and Uber.
 The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is dedicated to healing the Invisible Wounds of War for Veterans and Families through clinical-care, wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research. Since inception, Home Base has served 7,500+ Veterans and Families and trained 10,000+ clinicians nationally.



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