April 06, 2011 11:00 ET

SBANE Announces Finalists for 2011 New England Innovation Awards Program

20 Companies Recognized for Their Success Through Innovation

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE, announced today that 20 companies have been chosen as finalists in its 25th annual New England Innovation Awards (NEIA) Program. The companies were chosen by a panel of judges from 185 nominees representing the region's technology, services, retail/distribution and manufacturing industries.

The finalists will each make three-minute presentations before the NEIA judges on April 13, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Henderson House, Weston, Mass. The presentations are the last opportunity finalists will have to influence the judges' decision prior to the formal awards presentation on May 11 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.

"We are delighted that, in our silver anniversary year, the NEIA program received a record-breaking number of nominees, which made the judging process especially daunting," said Bob Baker, president of SBANE. "The NEIA program continues to send a strong, positive message that innovation and business growth are alive and well in New England."

SBANE established The New England Innovation Awards program in 1986. The awards recognize companies that are not merely successful, but whose success is due to innovation and thought leadership. More than 150 companies have been honored, representing the many different faces of innovation. 

Judging was based on four factors: the specific nature of the nominee's innovation, the social and/or industry impact of the innovation, the company's rate of growth, and its financial stability. The winners will be chosen based on their overall scores in the judging criteria.

This year's finalists are shown below.

Finalists in SBANE's 2011 New England Innovation Awards Program 

  • ARC Energy, Nashua, N.H. Solid state lighting technologies (
  • AisleBuyer, Boston, Mass. Mobile shopping platform (
  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Boston, Mass. Prevention of domestic violence in Asian families (
  • Avila Therapeutics, Waltham, Mass. Development of small molecule medicines (
  • Biovation, Boothbay, Maine. non-woven fiber and anti-microbial, anti-bacterial coatings for infection and pathogen control (
  • Black Duck Software, Waltham, Mass. Open source software services (
  • Harvest Power, Waltham, Mass. Organic waste management. (
  • HighRes Biosolutions, Inc., Woburn, Mass. Robotic systems and laboratory devices (
  • IdeaPaint, Ashland, Mass. Paint product that allows dry-erase writing on smooth surfaces (
  • John Matouk & Co., Fall River, Mass. Manufacturer of fine linens (
  • Kaon Interactive, Maynard, Mass. 3D interactive demonstrations for sales & marketing purposes (
  • pION, Inc., Woburn, Mass. Analytical services for the global pharmaceutical industry (
  • Pluromed, Inc., Woburn, Mass. Injectable plugs to improve safety, efficacy and economics of medical interventions (
  • Primary Source, Watertown, Mass. Provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators (
  • Science Club for Girls, Cambridge, Mass. Promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to K-12th grade girls (
  • Technology Systems, Inc., Brunswick, Maine. Contract research and development for government agencies (
  • TEI Biosciences Inc., Boston, Mass. Regenerative medicine for soft tissue repair and reinforcement applications (
  • Trexel, Inc., Woburn, Mass. Microcellular foamed processes for the plastics industry (
  • United Teen Equality Center, Lowell, Mass. A "by teens, for teens" safe-haven for youth development (
  • Visual Magnetics, Mendon, Mass. Magnetic-receptive media technology for graphic displays (

The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is a private, non-profit organization representing 1,000 member companies in the six-state region. Its mission is to help small businesses compete and grow through proactive advocacy initiatives, educational programs and cost-saving benefits. For more information about SBANE and the New England Innovation Awards Program, visit or call 781/890-9070.

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