Product Creation Studio over several years worked with a company called LumiThera to develop a device that uses low-level light therapy (also called photobiomodulation) to treat age-related macular degeneration.
The result of the work—the LT-300—wowed enough innovation tour attendees at MD&M West to win the 2016 MD&M West Innovation Prize. The Seattle-based design studio, which is at Booth #1977 at the February 9–11 show, narrowly beat out quick turn manufacturer Proto Labs (Maple Plain, MN; Booth #3415) and its automatic interactive quoting system for prototyping.
The four other finalists were Marubeni Citizen Cincom (Allendale, NJ; Booth #3278) and its platform that can perform both laser cutting and conventional machining; ProPlate/Professional Plating Inc. (Anoka, MN; Booth #438) and its Torq-Lok braided catheter coating innovation; SUSE (Cambridge, MA; Booth #661) and its innovative Linux OS; and Syneo and Gimac di Maccagnan Giorgio (Booth #2213) and their system for fully automating the jacketing of guidewires.
The LT-300 is presently being used in clinical trials, and delivers precisely dosed LED lights to an AMD patient's retina. The LEDs are meant to stimulate the mitochondria in the eye, potentially halting the degenerative effects of AMD and even improving the condition of the eye. Product Creation Studio and LumiThera claim the LT-300 could prove more effective than other AMD treatments such as vitamin intake and eye injections.
Innovative design has wowed innovation tours at previous UBM shows. EG-GILERO (Durham, NC; Booth #3248) won the Supplier Innovation Challenge at MD&M East in New York last year with a demonstration of simple and intuitive design when it came to a dental anesthesia dispenser for Anutra Medical (Morrisville, NC).
As recognized leaders in the business community, Jonathan Copley CEO of CFOCare and Pradnya Desh Managing Partner of Desh International and Business Law, both founder members of the Grow50 consortium were invited to accompany Governor Jay Inslee on a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan on August 28. The focus of the trip was to promote Washington’s agriculture, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors; “Friendship Delegation” to visit sister state Hyogo.
“Washington state’s trade and cultural ties with Japan and Korea run deep, and I look forward to strengthening these important relationships. As their economies thrive, consumers and businesses in Korea and Japan open up new demand and markets for the quality products from Washington. That expansion creates economic activity and jobs throughout our state.”
The Grow50 team plays a key role in expanding exports and trade and improving the international business development strategy, contributing to an increased foreign direct investment (FDI) into Washington state.
Center for Energizing Leadership and its Founder and CEO Jonathan Copley, has been selected for the 2015 Best of Bellevue Award in the Business Coaching category by the Bellevue Award Program.
Each year, the Bellevue Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Bellevue area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Bellevue Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Bellevue Award Program and data provided by third parties.
The Bellevue Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bellevue area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.