The Minnesota High Tech Association, in partnership with LifeScience Alley and Enterprise Minnesota, celebrated Minnesota's status as a hub for technology innovation with the 2009 Tekne Awards on Oct. 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
This year's award winners included Minnesota Thermal Science, which won the Advanced Manufacturing Award.
The Advanced Manufacturing Award is presented to companies that have excelled in the production of advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, computer and peripheral equipment.
Advanced Manufacturing recipient is Minnesota Thermal Science LLC. The Plymouth-based company is part of A. Johnson Enterprises of Baxter. Area entrepreneur Arnie Johnson owns outright or substantial shares of five key businesses, including Minnesota Thermal Sciences, Silent Power Inc. of Nisswa and Integrated Retirement Initiatives of Baxter.
Both Minnesota Thermal Science and Silent Power Inc. of Nisswa were named award finalists for the 2009 Tekne Awards.
Minnesota Thermal Science was named a finalist in the advanced manufacturing award category. Silent Power was named a finalist in the Cleantech Award category.
Minnesota Thermal Science has developed the Credo Cube, designed to be the most scalable thermal container on the market. It offers pharmaceutical and biologics industries an alternative to inefficient and expensive shipping methods. The 100 percent reusable cube ensures safe transport of temperature-sensitive medical and bio-tech products while maintaining thermal protection for up to seven days, the longest-duration thermal protection in the industry.
"This year's recipients exemplify innovation and perseverance," said Kate Rubin, MHTA president, in a news release. "All of this year's finalists elevate Minnesota's position as a destination for technology leaders. These innovators demonstrated pride and integrity as they surpassed the obstacles of a changing world and an unstable economy. We are proud to recognize these exceptional nonprofit, business and individual leaders."
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