The Houston Technology Center (HTC) has just revealed the winners of its 2013 Goradia Innovation Prize. This event of recognition, in collaboration with Opportunity Houston, awards nearly $150,000 in cash during the 2013 Innovation Conference and Showcase to individual finalists and starting companies that have yet to largely commercialize their innovations in the Texas Gulf Coast region. The winners are selected based on their discovery’s commercial potential, a sound business plan, potential to contribute to local job growth, and likelihood of success in the long run.
The winners of HTC’s 2013 Goradia Prize are as follows:
- GRAND PRIZE of $50K awarded to C-Voltaics, Inc., Seamus “Shay” Curran, Ph.D., CEO. C-Voltaics, Inc., a nanotechnology company, has developed self-cleaning hydrophobic nanocoating (SCHNTM) protective coatings that can be used to keep surfaces clean, stain resistant and dry.
- 1ST PLACE (tie) of $30K awarded to Carbtex Technology, Inc., Francis McCullough, Ph.D., President. Carbtex Technology, Inc., manufacturers’ of Diamondown™ thermal wear is the best single base layer material which keeps you warm and dry under the coldest conditions as well as cool and comfortable in the heat.
- 1ST PLACE (tie) of $30K awarded to Saranas, Inc., Michael Magnani, CEO. Saranas, Inc., a medical device company, improves patient outcomes through real-time detection of internal bleeding complications and enables physicians to immediately address the complication using straightforward adjustments to their procedure.
- 3RD PLACE of $15K awarded to PancreatRX LLC, Geeta Shroff, CEO. PancreatRX LLC is a preclinical-stage platform biotechnology venture for pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment. The platform allows small molecules to target pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas.
- Honorable Mention awards of $5K each includes ChartSpan Medical Technologies, Inc., Jon-Michial Carter, CEO; Remind Technologies Inc., Nicole Pardo, M.D., CEO & Co-Founder.
The president and CEO of HTC, Walter Ulrich, commends this year’s winners and believes their discoveries can greatly enhance the region’s economy and further Houston’s status as a global technology hub. The company would also like to extend their gratitude to Mr. Vijay Goradia and Dr. Marie Goradia’s generous donation of $1 million to the annual Goradia Innovation Prize, and to the Greater Houston Partnership for donating $100,000.