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Last night, nine winners were honored from the thirty-one finalists and more than 400 nominees during the 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Awards at the Wisconsin Union in Madison. The ceremony, emceed by Wisconsin local Mariah Haberman of Discover Wisconsin, recognized the state’s most innovative products and services from nine industry categories. The 2019 winners were selected from a panel of 28 experts with backgrounds in many business sectors – technology, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government, and the like – from throughout the state of Wisconsin.

“The Wisconsin Innovation Awards seek to celebrate and inspire innovation, and highlight the creative spirit from the state’s leading public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Matt Younkle, Co-Founder of the Wisconsin Innovation Awards and Pythonic.AI. “We want to congratulate all finalists and winners from the 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Awards and look forward to encouraging an even greater environment of innovation in the year to come.”

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony is presented by Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, Exact Sciences, Green Clock Films, JP Cullen, Neider & Boucher, Props Unlimited, Wipfli, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and the Wisconsin Union with support from Eppstein Uhen Architects, First Business Bank, gener8tor, HealthX Ventures, Madison College, Madison Gas & Electric, State Bank of Cross Plains, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and Workloud.

The 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Awards Winners:

Biotech: Imbed Biosciences Inc.
http://www.MicroLyteAg.com
Madison
Imbed has developed a surgical matrix that provides a template for cells to grow onto and kills bacteria hiding in deep crevices of a tissue surface. MicroLyte matrix is ultrathin, naturally adheres to a wound-bed, contains silver nanoparticles that clears bacteria on the wound surface, and accelerates cell growth for faster wound closure.

Collaboration: Tall Poppy Writers
http://www.tallpoppies.org
Madison
Tall Poppy Writers is the first (and only) marketing cooperative for women authors, creating and promoting opportunities for members to connect with readers, reviewers, and national media outlets, both online and in real life. TPW work without financing or a budget through a collaborative model established to spotlight women’s writing within the highly competitive arena of book publishing.

Education: Filament Games
https://www.filamentgames.com/
Madison
Created in partnership with Oculus, Breaking Boundaries in Science is an interactive virtual reality celebration of some of history’s most influential women in STEM. Breaking Boundaries immerses players in the life and times of famous women in science, including Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, and Grace Hopper. In the game, players explore each scientist’s real-life work environments, gaining an intimate knowledge of their lives and achievements through fully voice-acted vignettes that are steeped in historical context. 

Health ITStandard Imaging, Inc.
http://www.standardimaging.com
Middleton
The safe delivery of therapeutic radiation used to treat cancer, and impact patient outcomes, is directly dependent upon precise dosimetric measurements. The Exradin® W series of scintillator radiation detectors from Standard Imaging accomplish these dosimetric tasks that no other commercially available radiation detector is capable of matching.

Health IT – Software: Sift Healthcare
https://www.sifthealthcare.com/
Milwaukee
Sift Healthcare brings AI and data science to healthcare billing. Sift’s Payment Management Tools, which include Propensity To Pay and Call Cadence Recommendations, use AI to determine which patients will pay their bill on time, which patients need a payment plan and how to best communicate with each individual patient. 

Manufacturing: Kohler WasteLAB
https://wastelab.kohler.com/
Kohler
The primary focus of the WasteLAB is inspiring and engaging others to rethink manufacturing processes by applying design, engineering and craftsmanship to what would otherwise be landfill bound materials. The WasteLAB is applying new product development process to imagine new uses for waste materials from manufacturing such as broken clay parts, glaze wastes, foundry dust, and enamel powders.

Product Design: Fork Farms
http://www.forkfarms.com
Appleton
The Flex Farm, designed by social enterprise Fork Farms in Appleton, WI, is reinventing the way
people think about food. It is the most energy efficient and cost effective indoor, vertical farming system on the planet. The Flex Farm can grow more in a smaller space while costing less pound-for-pound. 

Software: Infosec
http://www.infosecinstitute.com
Madison
Infosec educates entire organizations on how to defend themselves from cybercrime. Infosec has developed the most up-to-date information security resources to bring unmatched training and certification experiences with three education platforms — Infosec IQ, Infosec Flex and Infosec Skills. 

People’s Choice: Tall Poppy Writers
http://www.tallpoppies.org
Madison
Tall Poppy Writers is the first (and only) marketing cooperative for women authors, creating and promoting opportunities for members to connect with readers, reviewers, and national media outlets, both online and in real life. TPW work without financing or a budget through a collaborative model established to spotlight women’s writing within the highly competitive arena of book publishing.