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Experts, editors pick top high technology innovations of the year

ROCKAWAY, N.J. – The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards, which salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Click here for a full list of this year's winners.

A strong field of entries this year gave our judges a challenge, but they ultimately emerged with a list of the top 100 high-technology products for 2011. The innovations are as wide-ranging as ever: electronic paper, renewable methane, a 3D camera, ceramic capacitors, and a composite bridge all made the grade.

The R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology. For industry leaders, government labs, and academic institutions, the awards can be vital for gauging their efforts at commercialization of emerging technologies. And in winning an R&D 100 Award, developers often find the push their product needs to find success in the marketplace.

“During the recent economic downturn, industry, academia, and government labs continued to innovate. The editors were impressed with the strong field of candidates for this year’s R&D 100 Awards. The number of entries exceeded that of recent years,” said Rita Peters, editorial director of R&D Magazine.

The winners represent a cross-section of industry, academia, private research firms, and government labs. Winning technologies are used in medical, industrial, research, consumer, and manufacturing applications.

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans. These include the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998).

Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine. The publication and its online portal serve research scientists, engineers, and other technical staff members at high tech industrial companies and public and private laboratories around the world.

Winners will be recognized at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet on Oct. 13, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. A list of winning innovations is on the R&D 100 Awards website, Additional information, including registration for the Orlando event, will be available at that website on July 1, 2011.

2011 R&D 100 Awards Winners

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