2018 Interviews with Innovators

Interviews during the 2018 Edison Awards give a glimpse into the winning companies'
products and services and their thoughts on innovation.

U.S. Army Joint Project Management Office for Medical Countermeasures Systems

2018 BRONZE WINNER
The Next Generation Diagnostics System Increment 1 FilmArray®

The Next Generation Diagnostics System Increment 1 FilmArray® provides the military with affordable and innovative biological warfare agents (BWA) diagnostics capability. Using commercial and DoD-developed assay panels, clinicians quickly diagnose patients exposed to BWAs and 105 diseases in 1 hr.

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CFM International

2018 SILVER WINNER
LEAP Engine

The LEAP engine incorporates cutting-edge technologies that are providing airlines with industry-leading asset utilization. The engine includes industry firsts such as 3-D woven carbon fiber composites, ceramics matrix comosites, and additively manufactured critical parts.

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Hydra-Stop LLC

2018 GOLD WINNER
Insta-Valve 250 Patriot™

The Hydra-Stop Insta-Valve 250 Patriot insertion valve provides a safer, more economical way of installing valves into a water distribution system, under pressure, without service disruption. The Insta-Valve stops flow in most types of pipe, from 4" to 12" in diameter, and is used in potable water, wastewater and industrial applications.

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Black & Veatch and Synexis

2018 BRONZE WINNER
IoT microbial defense powered by ASSET360®

Synexis™ is the first to produce Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP) technology using a building’s ambient humidity and oxygen to continuously achieve safe, green, natural, reduction of microbial threats in the air and on surfaces. Using ASSET360®, the DHP system is automated and remotely monitored to ensure function and effectiveness.

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GeoOrbital

2018 GOLD WINNER
The GeoOrbital wheel

The GeoOrbital Wheel converts any standard bicycle into an electric bike in seconds by simply replacing the front wheel. Outside of the biking world, the GeoOrbital platform opens up a world of possibilities for alternative electric vehicles. Less than 1 year after launch the radically different design of GeoOrbital wheel has engaged over 50M people social media and has been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide.

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G Adventures

2018 BRONZE WINNER
50 in 5 corporate challenge

An industry-advancing, five-year plan that puts purpose and profit on equal footing. By financing small businesses that kickstart community development, G Adventures' 50-in-5 challenge is helping travelers use the power of their vacations to spread wealth, opportunity and cultural understanding.

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CoorsTek

2018 GOLD WINNER
Active Ceramic Membrane

Active Ceramic Membranes are components that perform large and small scale energy conversions with near zero energy loss. They enable much more efficient production of chemicals and fuels from natural gas that are less expensive and cleaner than those derived from crude oil.

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Carestream Dental

2018 BRONZE WINNER
CS 8100SC 3D

The multifunctional CS 8100SC 3D extraoral imaging system provides oral health professionals with the different imaging modalities necessary to confidently diagnose and treat patients. The system combines panoramic and 3D imaging with the fastest scanning cephalometric module in one of the most compact imaging units available; making it an ideal solution for practices.

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Perkins® Engines Company LTD

2018 GOLD WINNER
Perkins® SmartCap

Perkins SmartCap is a low cost connectivity solution allowing users to connect their mobile device to their engine via the free Perkins® My Engine App. The cap monitors the engine and sends data to the app, giving customers useful information: running hours, location, service reminders & log, Start/stop data, and Parts info.

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Senior Mobile Dental

2018 GOLD WINNER
Dental Care for vulnerable seniors and adults

SMD has successfully been addressing the issues that were reported in the 2003 Surgeon General Report that oral health is a national epidemic among the poor & elderly. Our innovative concept breaks the barriers in providing dental care; we do not operate out of a motor home! Besides providing onsite care, we have built a TeleDentistry concept to connect dentists virtually.

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NASA

2016 GOLD WINNER
New Horizons: the first mission to Pluto

On July 14, 2015, the U.S. made history--completing the initial reconnaissance of the classical solar system by exploring Pluto with New Horizons. The New Horizons spacecraft traveled more time and distance — 9 years and 3 billion miles — than any space mission in history to reach its target, providing humanity's first close views of Pluto and opening the door to a new region of mysterious small worlds in the Kuiper Belt.

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The Lindberg Foundation and Drone Racing League

2018 GOLD WINNER
The Lindberg Foundation and Drone Racing League

DRL transformed a hobby for drone enthusiasts into a mainstream sport. Supported by world-class partners, DRL has redefined the traditional sports space over the last year by securing global broadcast distribution in 87 countries, sponsorships with Fortune 500 & world-renowned brands (including Allianz & BMW) while building a fully-internal team of technology, media & event experts to collaborate on something entirely new.

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