53rd Annual R&D 100 Awards
Celebrating Groundbreaking Innovative Technologies of the Past Year
November 12 - 13, 2015 • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
Entry Deadline: April 20, 2015
Known widely as “the Oscars of Invention,” the R&D 100 Awards allows you to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and compete with the elite of the research & development world. With the countless hours and substantial resources invested to bring it to market, your new product deserves to be showcased along with the year’s most significant new technology.
Winning an R&D 100 Award will enhance your product's marketability and deliver a message that your organization and development team are leaders and innovators. An R&D 100 Award:
- provides a positive initial marketing boost to many new technology innovations
- recognizes the efforts of the development team and partners
- signifies a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and consumers
- tells potential customers that the product has successfully competed against other new technologies in open competition
Past R&D 100 winners include many landmark industrial and scientific advances, as well as some very recognizable products, such as:
JFE Steel Corp. receives their 2014 R&D 100 Award honors.
- automated teller machine (1973)
- halogen lamp (1974)
- LCD - liquid crystal display (1980)
- Taxol anticancer drug (1993)
- HDTV (1998)
- biological 3D printer (2003)
- fetal electrocardiograms (2004)
- artificial retina (2009)
- all-plastic vehicular bridge (2011)
- 3D-printed robotic hand (2012)
New features of the 2015 R&D 100 Awards program:
- two-day educational conference with multiple tracks
- expanded slate of Special Recognition Awards
- product categories in which you compete can be chosen by you
- easy and convenient single platform submission process
Be sure to enter your latest and most innovative products and allow them to shine among the elite technology that signifies an R&D 100 winner.
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R&D 100 Awards News
R&D Magazine would like to congratulate all of the 2014 R&D 100 Award winners. Tim Studt, Editorial Director of R&D, and Beth Campbell, Chief Content Officer for Advantage Business Media, presented the winners with their honors at the 52nd annual event at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday, November 7, 2014.
Read the full story on this year's event here, including the presentation of the Scientist of the Year Award to Dr. Karl Deisseroth, the D. H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Univ., and the Innovator of the Year Award to Prof. Hugh Herr, the head of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab.
To see the complete list of past R&D 100 Award winners please click here.
The EMD Millipore team toasts their 2014 R&D 100 Awards success.
Ivars Jaunakais of Industrial Test Systems, Inc.
R&D Announces Scientist and Innovator of the Year
Along with honoring the 100 best technologies of the year, R&D Magazine also awards a Scientist of the Year and Innovator of the Year.
Dr. Karl Deisseroth (l.) accepts the 2014 R&D 100 Scientist of the Year Award from R&D Editorial Director Tim Studt.
The 2014 Scientist of the Year, Dr. Karl Deisseroth, the D. H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Univ., is a leading researcher in the growing field of optogenetics, where light is used to control neurons which have been genetically sensitized to light. Dr. Deisseroth has invented several new technologies in support of efforts to understand neural functions in the human brain.
Deisseroth achieved widespread recognition in 2005 for publishing the first demonstration of the use of light-sensitive receptors, called opsins, to reliably control the action of neurons. He coined the term “optogenetics” in 2006 to describe this new field, and in 2009 joined Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an investigator in neuroscience and physiology.
In addition, Dr. Deisseroth is a psychiatric clinician at Stanford, employing electromagnetic brain stimulation techniques in human patients for therapeutic purposes. In 2013, he published work on a new technology called CLARITY that makes biological tissues translucent and accessible to nuclear probes.
Advantage Business Media CEO Jim Lonergan (l.) and R&D Editorial Director Tim Studt (r.) present Prof. Hugh Herr with the 2014 R&D 100 Innovator of the Year Award.
2014 marks the 49th Scientists of the Year Award, which recognizes career accomplishments in scientific research and technology development spanning nearly all disciplines from physics to medicine to chemistry. Other recent winners include James Tour of Rice Univ. (2013), RobertLanger of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012), and Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy (2011).The 2014 Innovator of the Year, Prof. Hugh Herr, heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs.
In 2011 TIME magazine coined Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics—technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. A double amputee himself, Herr is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities. Herr is also founder of the company BiOM, previously iWalk, and has helped war veterans and some of the victims from the Boston Marathon bombings walk again through the use of his BiOM prosthetics.
2014 marks the 14th Innovator of the Year Award, which recognizes career accomplishments in scientific research and technology development spanning disciplines from medical technology to information technology. Recent winners also include the NASA Curiosity Team, David Ferrucci, Cameron Piron (2008), Elon Musk (2007), Dean Kamen (2006), Larry Page (2002) and Dr. Stuart Parking (2001).
Editor's Choice Awards Presented
Every year three extra awards are given at the event: The Editor’s Choice Awards. These three awards represent the best of the best of the 100 winners. This year, three new winners joined the ranks: MIT Lincoln Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Lunar Laser Communication System, Hewlett-Packard and National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HP Apollo Liquid-Cooled Supercomputing Platform and American Standard Brands SaTo Hygienic Toilet Pan. Who doesn’t think lasercom to the moon is cool? Or a supercomputer that can heat a whole building and have enough energy to spare to de-ice the nearby sidewalk? Or a sanitary toilet option for those in the third world that die on a daily basis due to health issues from defecation? These three technologies had the “Wow” factor our editors look for and were creative and implemented technologies that can better people’s lives, or just speak to innovation as a whole.
This year also marked our first technology panels, which ranged on topics from analytical instruments and imaging to life sciences and energy/environment. Attendees got to pick the brains of industry-leading (and R&D 100 Award-winning) companies to better learn their innovation processes and the future trends in these areas.
The editors of R&D Magazine are now accepting entries for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards. Submit entries here.
2015 Conference Keynotes
The R&D 100 Awards is pleased to announce Dean Kamen and Thom Mason as keynote speakers for the 2015 R&D 100 Technology Conference.
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Dean’s research has led to a number of ground-breaking technology innovations, including the Segway® Human Transporter.
Thomas E. Mason
Thomas E. Mason (B.S. in physics, Dalhousie University; Ph.D. in condensed matter sciences, McMaster University) is director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Thom joined ORNL in 1998 as Scientific Director for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project. He was named Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for SNS in 2001 and ALD for Neutron Sciences in 2006.
R&D 100 Award Videos
R&D Magazine honored Dr. Karl Deisseroth, the D. H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Univ. and a leading researcher in the growing field of optogenetics, as its 2014 Scientist of the Year.
Dr. Karl Deisseroth, Scientist of the Year
Prof. Hugh Herr was presented with R&D Magazine’s 2014 Innovator of the Year for his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics—technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics.
Prof. Hugh Herr, Innovator of the Year
Call for Judges, 2015 R&D 100s
The editors of R&D Magazine rely on experts like you, who volunteer your time and knowledge to help find the 100 best high-technology products of the year. We need the input of individuals who are proficient in a wide array of scientific disciplines. If you are a scientist, researcher, instructor or engineer, chances are good you will be able to contribute to our competition.
If you are interested, please download the Judges Application Form and return it to us at email@example.com by May 15, 2015.
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