AZ Governor innovation finalists announced

Congratulations to the winners listed below.

I’m glad to see the state government recognizing innovation in Arizona. Now we just need to convince our legislators to get serious about passing the legislation needed to attract capital investment in Arizona startups.

Winners in categories including Community Service Leader of the Year, Young Innovator of the Year and Green Innovator of the Year – new for this year’s contest – will be announced at a awards banquet on Nov. 13 at the Dodge Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

The other finalists are:

William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year:

– Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, TGen Clinical Research Services at Scottsdale Healthcare

– Jeff Morhet, InNexus Biotechnology Inc.

– Terree Parlett Wasley, ASU Technopolis

Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year:

– Steve Irons, ImageTag, Inc.

– Roy Vallee, Avnet, Inc.

– Jeff Morhet, InNexus Biotechnology Inc.

Pioneering Innovation:

– Telesphere

– Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems

– Microsoft Corp.

Green Innovator of the Year:

– i-Linc

– Trilogy by Shea Homes

– Global Research Technologies LLC

Innovator of the Year (small company):

– Succeed Corp.

– Kutta TechnologiesInc.

– Infusionsoft

Innovator of the Year (large company):

Raytheon Missile Systems

– IBM Corp.

Innovator of the Year (academia):

Phoenix Mars Mission (University of Arizona)

– Arizona Biodesign Institute (Arizona State University)

– Center for Applied Nanobioscience (Arizona State University)

“Best of the Best” of the Arizona Engineering and Science Fairs (grades 9-12):

– Steven Fan, Tucson High Magnet School

– Shemonti Hasan, Hamilton High School

– Adrian Laurenzi, Tucson High Magnet School

– Smitha Ramakrishna, Coronoa del Sol High School

Teacher of the Year Award Winner:

– Kenneth Zeigler, Eagle Point School

[From Governor’s innovation finalists announced]

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