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R.I. companies honored at Museum of Science’s ‘Invented Here’ awards

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G-FORM LLC executive chairman Danny Warshay (middle) accepts the "Fan Favorite" award from the Boston Museum of Science's "Invented Here" awards from Ioannis Miaoulis, museum president and director and Robin Young, host of WBUR's news magazine Here and Now.
Posted 10/15/12

BOSTON – IlluminOss Medical Inc. and G-Form LLC were two of the four companies honored at the Boston Museum of Science’s second annual “Invented Here” awards.

The event, hosted by the Museum in collaboration with the Boston Patent Law Association in late September, honors the newest and most innovative technologies from New England.

According to a release from the museum, the awards “recognize the top inventions that best showcase a technology with the potential to change the way people interact with each other and the world around them.”

East Providence-based IlluminOss won recognition for its photodynamic bone-stabilization system, a minimally invasive system for the stabilization and treatment of broken bones.

G-Form’s flexible cushion pads earned the Providence-based company the “fan favorite” distinction. G-Form aims to provide athletes with superior protection without compromising range-of-motion with its proprietary reactive protection technology.

G-Form’s pads absorb shock by stiffening temporarily before returning to their flexible form. According to the company, G-Form’s pads absorb 94 percent of all impact forces. The company has integrated this technology into protective cases for cell phones, tablets and laptops.

The final two winners of the Museum of Science’s “Invented Here” awards were both based in Cambridge, Mass.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s iWalk earned the distinction for its variable-impedance active ankle food orthosis Power-Foot BiOM, which stimulates the responsiveness of a human foot and ankle joint.

According to the company the systems “allows individuals, whether they are single or double amputees, or the victims of loss of motor control, such as from stroke, to walk, run and negotiate stairs with a normal stride and at variable speed.”

Also from MIT, TeraDiode earned recognition from the museum for its wavelength beam combining system. The apparatus combines the output of multiple laser emitters – of any type, wavelength or power – into a single, incoherent laser beam.

“By celebrating local innovators and their inventions, as well as the stories behind them, the program advances the Museum’s mission of transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology,” said a museum release. “We hope to showcase breakthrough technologies that will fulfill important individual and/or social needs in novel ways, and ensure a more sustainable future for our environment.”

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