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NorTech, Crain’s Cleveland Business Announce 2011 Innovation Award Winners

CLEVELAND Feb. 25, 2011 Crain’s Cleveland Business Northeast Ohio

This year, nine winners have been selected to receive awards, representing innovations from a broad range of technology industries including advanced energy; advanced materials; biosciences; flexible electronics; and instrumentation, controls and electronics.

Northeast Ohio Martin Abraham Dean, College Youngstown State University Dianne Anderson Case Western Reserve University Dave Baldwin Stephen Cheng Dean, College University of Akron Dennis Cocco John Dearborn Walter E. Horton, Jr. Dean, College Max Lewis Kathy Needham

Northeast Ohio Rebecca O. Bagley Cleveland Northeast Ohio

Westlake, Ohio

Below is a list of 2011 NorTech Innovation Award winners and descriptions of their innovation.

Aeroclay, Inc.


AllTech Medical Systems America, Inc.

High-Performance Low-Cost Total MRI System

Northeast Ohio China

Ashlawn Energy, LLC

Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries for Energy Storage Solutions

Echogen Power Systems, Inc.

Advanced Energy Recycling Using a CO2 Based Power Cycle

Kent Displays, Inc.

Boogie Board™ LCD Writing Tablet

MAR Systems Inc.


RTI International Metals, Inc.

Continuous Casting Method for Making Titanium Ingots

University of Akron

Ultrasonic Rubber Devulcanization Extruder and Technology

University of Akron

VasoStar Inc.

Vibrational Guidewire System for Crossing Chronic Lesions

Chronic total occlusions (or CTOs) are a prevalent vascular disease that remain the ‘last frontier’ in interventional cardiology. VasoStar has developed an electromagnetic vibrating technology and device that allows clinicians to penetrate CTOs with a single piece of equipment – bypassing invasive surgeries and reducing hospital costs by 50%.

University of Akron Kent State University Northeast Ohio Northeast Ohio

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