XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competition, today announced the 11 finalist teams selected for the $2.25M Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a competition to develop breakthrough medical sensing technologies that will ultimately enable faster diagnoses and easier personal health monitoring.
A Cleveland-based biotech startup has invented a new medical device that fights oral bacteria linked to bad breath and gum disease in dogs – a health problem that affects 80% of our canine friends by the age of three. The device, called Zumby™, is disguised as a dog toy and uses a very small, safe and undetectable amount of electrical stimulation, known as micro-current technology, to eliminate harmful oral bacteria. In lab testing at Case Western Reserve University, micro-current technology eliminated 70-99% of harmful oral bacteria.
Nikola is the brain child of Nick Stevovich from Rocky River, Ohio. Stevovich took his background in speed skating and applied that to the bicycle pedal and has developed a laterally moving pedal that he developed in an effort to increase power and speed.
Frank Jackson was a on a tour of a relatively new company near Cleveland's mid-town area. Cleveland Whiskey, a producer of bourbon, sold its first batch of bourbon in March, 2013. Since then, using a quicker high-tech process to side-step the traditional aging process of bourbon, its sales have reached seven states.
The U.S. military believes that a Northeast Ohio company has discovered a cheap way to keep rust at bay. And so does a huge South Korean conglomerate called SK Holdings, which plans to invest $55 million in Tesla NanoCoatings over several years. Todd Hawkins obviously agrees with them. He founded the North Canton company, which has created what could be a significantly better way to protect structural steel from corrosion. Tesla NanoCoatings used carbon nanotubes — which are much stronger and lighter than steel — to develop a coating system that appears to be more durable and easier to apply than conventional coatings that use more zinc.
A light-based paint, created in Northeast Ohio, is one of a kind in the world. Medina company, Darkside Scientific, created LumiLor. The product is a patented Electroluminescent Coating System, which is energized with an electrical current. Basically, the paint becomes a light bulb when an electrical current is present. According to Darkside CEO, Shawn Mastrian, LumiLor is the world's first and only Electroluminescent Coating System.