Innovation Award Winners Announced

This morning, MBQ: Inside Memphis Business magazine and the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics, The University of Memphis announced the first Innovation Award winners at a breakfast held the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The Awards themselves were created to celebrate persons, inventions, products, concepts, and processes that have been developed here in the Mid-South, “innovations” that have led to significant improvement in the award-winners’ chosen fields.

After receiving roughly 50 nominations from the community, a panel of esteemed judges set to work examining and grading each submission. The judges were Andy Cates, founder and president of RVC Outdoor Destinations, project developer of the Soulsville Revitalization Project, and an original local owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. Dr. Eugene Eckstein, professor and chair of the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis. Dr. Balaji Krishnan, Interim Director of the International M.B.A program at the University of Memphis and associate professor of the department of marketing and supply chain management at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. Michelle Proctor, Director of Innovation for FedEx Services. And Gregory Akers, Editor of MBQ: Inside Memphis Business. The judges selected five winners, one of whom was also named Innovator of the Year.

The Innovation Award winners are:

Margot McNeeley, Project Green Fork

Project Green Fork, is a new way to help Memphis restaurants operate more sustainably. It has certified a total of 56 local restaurants for environmentally friendly practices regarding their recycling, waste management, pollution prevention, and reduction of carbon footprint.

Crosstown Development Project

Crosstown Development Project is a new perspective on redevelopment and urban renewal, using the Sears Crosstown building as the hub for revitalizing a community. Partners include ALSAC, Church Health Center, Crosstown Arts, Gestalt Community Schools, Memphis Teacher Residency, Methodist Le Bonheur Health- care, Rhodes College, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Silicone Arts Laboratories- Dermaflage

Dermaflage, a waterproof, medical-grade silicone substance is used to conceal scars, burns, and other blemishes with a topical layer that looks like real skin and lasts up to 36 hours.

Peer Power

Charles McVean and Bill Sehnert created Peer Power, an educational program empowering students to teach other students. Tennessee chapters include: Brewster Elementary, East High School, Lester Middle School, Northside High School, Westwood High School, and Whitehaven High School. Mississippi: Blue Mountain High School, H.W. Byers Middle and High School, and Shelby Middle School.

Dr. Edward Chaum, TRIAD

Dr. Edward Chaum, UTHSC's Hamilton Eye Institute, developed Telemedical Retinal Image Analysis and Diagnosis (TRIAD), a novel method to screen for and diagnose diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in adults.

Additionally, Silicone Arts Laboratories was named 2013 Innovators of the Year.

For more on our winners, pick up a copy of the October/November MBQ on newsstands now. Congrats to all!

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