16 named semi-finalists for Cade innovation prize

OldStoryImageThe second annual competition for the Cade Prize for Innovation has drawn an impressive list of semi-finalists covering everything from a high-tech wound cleanser to better running shoes.

Now the 16 semi-finalists will try to advance to the finals on May 12 when one deserving inventor will earn the $50,000 cash prize that the Cade Museum for Innovation and Invention is awarding.

This year’s semi-finalists include several companies that are creating products from discoveries made at the University of Florida. Also, several companies are returning to the competition after placing well last year.

A respected panel of 10 judges, including many current or former local entrepreneurs, chose the semi-finalists. In the next round, a new panel of judges will choose four finalists, whose names will be announced on April 12. The winner of the prize will be chosen from among the finalists by a separate panel of judges and announced at a presentation on May 12. In addition to the cash prize (made possible by a grant from the Gainesville Community Foundation), the winner will receive one year of free membership and office space at the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center, sponsored by the Center for Economic Outreach.  The three runners-up each will receive $5,000, donated by Gainesville entrepreneurs Richard Allen, Infinite Energy, Bill Petty and Randy Scott.


Team Leaders Entry Title Organization
Mary Alford, Michael Amish, Ryan Santosh Post-Disaster Transitional Housing Barrels of Hope
Thierry Dubroca Explosive Detection System Delta R Detection
Jerome Foster EmeraldSmarter Solution Emerald Endeavors
Johnny Godowski Passive Dynamic Exoskeleton Xobotix, LLC
Alex Green Green Pyrolizer Gasifier Green Liquids and Gas Technologies
Stephen Hsu Biopolymer Formulations for Topical Delivery Univ. of Florida College of Medicine
Ryan Kern IdentEvent Optima Neuroscience, Inc.
Ryan Martin, Stephen Miller PolyEsterAcetals Sestar Sustainables
David Mazyck, Anna Casaus, David Baun Silica-Titania Composites for Indoor Air Purification Sol-gel Solutions LLC
Stephen Miller Polyester from Wood Univ. of Florida Dept. of Chemistry
Meredith Rowe AlzAlert Univ. of Florida College of Nursing
Paul Rucinski Irrisept IrriMax Corporation
Cyle Sage On Running Shoe On Running
Swadeshmukul Santra, Bernd Lisenfeld Cankicide University  of Central Florida
William Toreki NimbuDerm Quick-Med Technologies
Jerry Yachabach SmartBrief eTect


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