The Wall Street Journal calls every year for entries for the Technology Innovation awards in 16 categories or industrial areas, awarding three principal prizes in gold, silver and bronze. The jury is composed by representatives of hedge funds, companies and research institutes. After its deliberations, the winners of the year 2008 already have been announced.
In the eight issue of the award, the gold medal has been awarded to Doctor Larry Miller, a doctor with many years of experience in emergencies and co-founder of Vidacare Corp., a company which has developed a very thin drilling devices which allows to drill into bones and enter a thin needle to inject any substance directly into the blood. The device, called EZ-IO, is a less risky alternative to current intravenous injections, which for a number of reasons frequently are difficult or even impossible to be done.
The silver medal has been awarded to Audience, a manufacturer of voice processors which eliminates, thanks to its noise suppressing technology, blocks the very disturbing noise on cellular phone calls. The most innovative part of this technology is that it allows suppressing noises which are varying in their intensity or which are repetitive, like the sound of a siren.
Finally, the bronze medal has been awarded to the team of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the development of a microchip capable of identifying, thanks to the analysis of the AND, thousands of bacteria present in environments like water, air, oils, blood or samples of fabrics. They have called it Phylochip, and it will be able to detect eventual sources of infections and diseases analyzing the bacteria which are around.
After receiving more than 700 entries, with 162 candidates in the final round, the jury has awarded also (additionally to the three top winners) 16 prizes to different industrial applications, based on criteria of innovation and capacity to have an impact on their area.