The 2015 R&D 100 Awards Banquet took place on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada and welcomed hundreds of executives, scientists and researchers. Celebrating the event’s 53rd year, leaders of science and technology were honored for their innovative, high-tech products and processes.

The R&D 100 Awards is an international competition that recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year, recognizing excellence across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry and biotechnology.

The full list of 2015 R&D 100 Award Winners is available here:

This year, the R&D 100 Awards also included a brand-new Special Recognition Awards category, as well as a two-day science and technology conference focused on the theme of innovation. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for the Special Recognition Awards were announced during the ceremony for Green Tech, Corporate Social Responsibility, Market Disruptor Services and Market Disruptor Product.

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The R&D 100 Green Tech Special Recognition Gold Award went to the CO2 Memzyme by Sandia National Laboratories and the Univ. of New Mexico; the Silver Award was presented to Dow UF PURINZE and Its Application in Eco Washing Machine by Dow Water and Process Solution; and the Bronze Award went to the High Efficient and Reliable Ocean Wave Energy Harvester by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Special Recognition Gold Award was presented to the KM-CDR Process by Southern Company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Silver Award went to the Echo-Screen III Hearing Screener by Natus Medical Inc.

The Market Disruptor Services Special Recognition Gold Award went to the ELUTE Fiber by TissueGen Inc., while the Silver Award was presented to the Infrared Nanodestructive Wield Examination System by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Market Disruptor Product Special Recognition Gold Award was presented to HeliAct Muscles by Lintec and the Univ. of Texas at Dallas; the Silver Award went to the Solaris Open Air Fluorescence Imaging System by PerkinElmer; and the Bronze Award was awarded to Airyscan by Carl Zeiss Microscopy.

“These special awards, new this year, highlight the incredible innovations that will have a direct impact on people’s daily lives, from health care to energy technologies, and demonstrate just how the pace of research and development affects how we live,” said Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director of the Advantage Business Media Science Group, the parent company of the R&D 100 Awards and R&D Magazine.

The much-anticipated R&D Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards concluded the R&D 100 gala event as the winners came on stage to accept the crystal awards from Advantage Business Media CEO Jim Lonergan. This year, one winner was announced from each of the five R&D 100 Award categories—Analytical/Test, IT/Electrical, Mechanical/Materials, Process/Prototyping and Software/Services.

“These five technologies had the ‘wow’ factor that our editors look for each year among the R&D 100 Awards, and they demonstrated once again the creativity and innovation in the marketplace,” said R&D Editor Lindsay Hock.

The R&D Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award in Analytical/Test went to Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Thermo Scientific Gemni analyzer. The IT/Electrical Editor’s Choice Award was presented to IBM’s TrueNorth neurosynaptic chip, and the Mechanical/Materials award went to National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s cyanobacterial bioethylene. The Process/Prototyping Editor’s Choice Award was awarded to Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s BAAM-CI, while the Software/Services award went to Applied Brain Research’s Nengo 2.0.

Next year’s R&D 100 Awards will take place November 4, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the National Harbor in Maryland in conjunction with the second annual R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference, scheduled for November 3-4, 2016.

Entries for the 2016 R&D 100 Awards are now open. Please go to for more information.