Community Service:  Global Transplant Solutions introduced a new plastic package with a pleated resilient polymer design that permits clinicians to hygienically break up saline ice into a fine powder, to provide a slush for cooling human organs prior to harvesting.


Education:USC College of Engineering and Computing has created a new MS program in Technology Innovation that inspires entrepreneurial minded science and engineering students to take leaderships roles in product design in large organizations, and embark on new business ventures.


Small Enterprise: Tetramer Technologies synthesized a new polyimide coating with a service temperature of more than 350°C, to deliver superior performance to optical fibers, wires, and films.


Sustainability: Unlimited Power, LTD.engineered a modular, solar-powered charging and storage solution called HiveSystem™ which enables a 24-hour personal solar power grid.


Technology Development: Heatworks has invented a carbon electrode array that uses the minerals in the water supply to act as the heating element, yielding a 40% cost reduction and delivering cleaner hot water.


Technology Integration: Contec Healthcare has partnered with Tietex International to create PREMIRA®, a disposable microfiber mop that is revolutionizing the way that people clean in healthcare environments.


Young Innovator: Converse College created the Science, Technology and Research Scholars, or S.T.A.R.S. initiative, which selects high school students to work in a university laboratory, alongside undergraduates, graduates and professors to build confidence and ignite their love and interest in STEM fields.


Mr. Childress remarked, “The talent evidenced by the educators, scientists, and engineers who were recognized as Winners and Finalists this year, continues to impress and inspire all of South Carolina. On behalf of the InnoVision Board of Directors, I congratulate all of these outstanding innovators.”