A qualified Nominee is a team of TWO OR MORE individuals, each from at least one COMPANY, that demonstrates successful implementation or development of A SINGLE innovative technology-based initiative or technological breakthrough. The innovation(s) by the TEAM should break with conventional processes and should go beyond marginal improvements in existing products and services. Nominees need not be, but may include multi-disciplinary teams in an organization or corporation. Nominees may also be from two or more companies sharing the nomination.



The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research

Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, Director, Onori Simona, Shawn Midlam-Mohler, Yann Guezennec, John Neal


In partnership with various Ohio companies, CAR is playing a major role in supporting the commercialization of electronic power converters (Vanner), battery thermal management (Graftech), and engine exhaust sensors (Stoneridge). These activities involve multiple faculty and research staff in the center, and have each received funding from the Ohio Third Frontier program. CAR also has a history of engaging industry in research consortia; some 30 companies are currently paying members in one of the two consortia managed by CAR.

CAR has served as an incubator for two companies that are currently housed at TechColumbus: PlugSmart and CAR Technologies LLC. In the case of PlugSmart, the center provided technical support and facilities in the form of engineering services to allow the company to strengthen its product portfolio. CAR Technologies LLC was created to translate advanced battery aging and characterization technology developed at OSU CAR.



Acceptd LLC

Don Hunter, Founder & President

Acceptd is a web-based tool that simplifies the video application process for university programs. Uploading and managing application videos, audition tapes, and highlight films using Acceptd will streamline the process and save time and money for applicants and program directors.



McRedmond Morelli, CEO & Founder

Boxgroove.com is the first parameter driven yield utilization aggregator software for the private club industry. Boxgroove is bringing to the masses an opportunity to experience a private club’s luxury even though one may not be a member. No company has bridged this space with a self service site that welcomes everyone to participate. Most companies that have tried to implement a solution for this industry used a traditional call center and required one’s club to validate who you are. So you had to already “be” a member in order to participate at these existing companies. Boxgroove provides a new marketing channel for private clubs to acquire members utilizing the marketing principles of the ”endowment effect”. Boxgroove can now help clubs increase their exposure and prospective lead opportunity while maintaining their brand and control to the club.


Cardinal Health

Craig Courtney, Principal Architect, EA Labs Team


Cardinal Health, Inc. is a Fortune 19 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. As the business behind healthcare, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability.

The labs team is a research and architecture team whose mission is to innovate, incubate and educate new technology and techniques. We do this through executing on business relevant projects.



Edy Sulisyto, CTO

eEvent started out as an experimental project funded by eSolutech, a local Columbus, Ohio based Innovative IT Consulting and Concept Development company. With a great mission, passion, and drive of our team, we have developed a scalable business using innovative technology in a recovering economy. We created eEvent, an online platform to help many businesses market their events effectively and grow their customer’s base via events. Our team listened to what business owners needed to grow their business via event marketing and we built innovative mobile and web based solutions to fulfill these needs effectively.



Gary Smith, MBA Subha Raman, MD Orlando Simonetti, PhD John Arnold, MS Ag Eng Eric Foster, MS ME Vijay Balasthramanian, MS EE Beth Lloyd, BS Jason, Ertel, BS ID Terry Birchler, BS


EXCMR, Inc. develops and markets innovative products that enhance cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. The Company’s patent pending MRI-compatible treadmill forms the basis for the first ever “next to magnet” exercise stress system enabling peak stress MR imaging of dynamic heart and vascular structures - providing the cardiologist a more effective and efficient tool to identify and treat cardiovascular diseases.

In July 2011, EXCMR initiated a multi-site clinical evaluation of beta systems with funding from Ohio’s Third Frontier Medical Imaging Program. Information from this beta testing will be used to further refine the product and streamline the clinical procedure. The Company is targeting an early 2012 market introduction at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance World Conference. The Company’s management team has significant medical device, MR and cardiology experience and has led several successful medical technology start-ups from concept through launch and ramp up. EXCMR’s management team believes in fostering a creative, positive workplace where honesty, integrity, teamwork and open communication are core values.


Expedient Communications

Bryan Smith, Regional Vice President

Expedient Communications offers a wide range of managed hosting services such as virtualization, cloud computing, remote backups, management of equipment, storage area networks and more. These proven managed services combined with their eight top tier data centers enables Expedient to deliver premium colocation, network and managed services solutions to commercial, education and government entities. This blend of services, all under one roof, and the scale of the organization really sets Expedient apart from the competition. It enables them to have a complete view of their clients’ technical environment and makes Expedient accountable for ensuring that their customers’ systems will interact properly and have 100% uptime.

During 2011, Expedient opened the most hardened commercially available data center in central Ohio. With the addition of this facility, companies in this region now have access to a single source provider for their primary computing and disaster recovery services. Previously they would have needed to work with multiple companies which can creates gaps in accountability or they would need to move their systems outside of the region. In two words Expedient provides DATA AVAILABILITY.


JointVue, LLC

Ray Wasielewski, M.D., Chairman, Management Committee


JointVue is poised to revolutionize care for patients with painful joint conditions by providing highly efficient, user-friendly products that will address a $300 million annual business opportunity. The company recently raised $1.25 million from external angel investors and is currently in the process of launching clinical trials of its flagship product, JointGuide, a state-of-the-art 3-D injection guidance tool that couples traditional ultrasound with proprietary imaging software. The creation of 3-D joint images and real-time guided joint injection represent major commercial opportunities for this medical imaging product company. In addition, the company is in advanced discussions with federal research sponsors and major strategic partners in their market. The company’s founders, industry-recognized thought leaders in orthopedic research and clinical practice, have nine patent applications pending to cover the JointVue technology platform. Their ultrasound-based imaging products provide high-resolution, real-time imaging to the physician’s office, eliminating the expense and hazards of radiation-based imaging techniques that are the current standard of care.


M/I Homes, Inc.

M/I Homes Technology Team

Founded in 1976, M/I Homes is one of nation’s leading builders of single family homes. M/I has established an exemplary reputation based on a strong commitment to superior customer service, innovative design, quality construction and premium locations. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, M/I Homes serves a broad segment of the housing market including first-time, move-up, luxury and empty nester buyers.

The Technology team at M/I has had to endure a downsizing that has trimmed the team by more than 50 percent. In spite of the significant reductions, the team has been able to replace and integrate all of the core homebuilding systems within the company over the past 6 years. This has led to significant productivity gains throughout the company at a time when it was needed the most. Most recently, the team has built a mobile website, added an email customer care and marketing system to the existing CRM system, performed a full upgrade of the existing ERP and CRM systems and added two new divisions to the company (one via acquisition).


Brad Tussing, AVP

Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world, focusing on domestic property and casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement savings, asset management, and strategic investments. As Nationwide has grown, the challenge of providing on your side service to our community has demanded more efficient and available infrastructure systems.

The purpose of this nomination is to highlight success of the Continuous Service Improvement (CSI) program instituted by the Mainframe and Linux Systems Architecture, Engineering and Operations teams led by Brad Tussing, AVP IT Engineering; Bob Costanzo, AVP IT Engineering and Brian Callaghan, Director IT Architecture.

The CSI program aligned hundreds of technology associates on technology strategy and over 120 service improvement initiatives with significant focus on improving shared systems availability. By targeting high risk infrastructure, the team reduced YoY high impacting system outages by 95%; average time to restore service by 90%; and change failure rate by 100%. This meant that customers impacted by heavy storm damage in 2011 were met with available systems and on your side service.


Nationwide Children’s

Brian A. Shea, Chief Technology Officer

Nationwide Children’s is a non-profit free-standing Children’s Hospital founded in 1892. Nationwide Children’s serves all children regardless of families’ ability to pay, is America’s 5th largest Children’s Hospital, Top 10 Research Center, has 1 million patients visits / admissions annually, referrals from all 50 states and 35 countries, 7,500 employees, and is the Department of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University. I have nominated the Nationwide Children’s Infrastructure Team for the Outstanding Technology Team based on the team’s ability to be innovative to meet the organization’s largest facility expansion to date, while continuing to maintain critical day-to-day operations. Nationwide Children’s Hospital was ranked 107 on the InformationWeek 500 list, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. This is the second-consecutive year the hospital has earned a spot on the InformationWeek 500.


Nationwide Financial

Nationwide Financial’s iMedia - Integrated Voice Response Team


Nationwide is a long-standing Fortune 500 company. With over 15 million customers, Nationwide is a leading provider of personal and commercial property and casualty insurance and long-term retirement savings products. Over the last 80 years, Nationwide has grown to one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world. Nationwide’s diversity is the key to its strength: #1 provider of public-sector retirement plans, #1 writer of farmowner insurance, 6th largest auto insurer in the United States, 7th largest homeowner insurer in the United States and 9th largest variable annuities provider.

Nationwide strives to deliver high quality technology services to our customers. Building systems that our customers love has been a key emphasis at Nationwide. Efficient, reliable testing practices provide more timely delivery at lower costs to our customers. Nationwide has demonstrated this through the use of testing automation. Automating testing for Integrated Voice Response systems has not been forthcoming in the industry. Nationwide pioneered a solution that has resulted in dramatic improvements with testing throughput.


Nationwide Insurance

Perumal Ramasamy, Director

Nationwide is a leading insurance and financial service provider with 35,000+ employees. To provide state-of-the-art, high quality service to its customers, Nationwide relies heavily on its IT technology base.

To meet this need, Nationwide Application Development Center (ADC) leverages innovative IT delivery construct that uses Lean Management techniques to improve speed, quality and productivity. ADC goes against the grain of today’s popular trend of outsourcing while still delivering higher quality work at a price point that is comparable to IT providers with lower labor costs. Over the past two years, ADC has added hundreds of new IT positions. ADC is one of the first large-scale agile software development organization assessed at CMMI Level 3.

The ADC has delivered 94 software releases since October 2010 with 20% better productivity than industry average and 56 (59.6%) of these releases have ZERO production defects. This is industry leading quality and the ADC development teams are able to see this broad-based success for multiple applications and across different technologies by leveraging Acceptance Test Driven Development quality processes and techniques.


Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Nationwide Event Management Team


At Nationwide, we take customer service seriously. As one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the country, we know that putting our customers first has allowed us to become an industry leader.

This systematic and rapid response to help our policyholders is largely accomplished by utilizing Nationwide’s vast proprietary IT applications. It is essential that those applications are available and functioning properly in order to fulfill our promise. The problem statement provided to the team included minimizing the disruption of IT failures to our end users, while establishing monitoring solutions that allow internal IT resources to react to failures in a more efficient manner. Nationwide is the first company to integrate the Tealeaf tool with HP Service Center to automatically detect and alert from customer web sessions covering a majority of previously undetectable failures. Nationwide was able to custom develop a data feed to allow a single proactive view of mainframe and distributed message queue health metrics. During 2011, these solutions have helped prevent or limit major business impacts to our end users in 31 instances.


Neoprobe Corporation

Frederick O. Cope, Ph.D., Senior VP of Pharmaceutical Research

Neoprobe Corporation is a biomedical company focused on enhancing oncology patient care and improving patient benefit through radiopharmaceutical product development. Neoprobe is actively developing a radiopharmaceutical agent platform Lymphoseek to help surgeons better identify and treat certain types of cancer. Neoprobe’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel radiopharmaceutical agents and advancing the Company’s pipeline program through continued investment and selective acquisitions.


Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Bryant Young, Deputy Director - Information Technology Services


The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is charged with overseeing a statewide system of support services for some 90,000 people with developmental disabilities. The state provides early intervention and special education services for children, and a range of adult services to support training, employment and residential needs. With 90% percent of its desktops at the end of their five-year lifecycle, the DODD Infrastructure team was tasked with leveraging the massive benefits already realized through virtualizing the agency’s servers with VMware vSphere by virtualizing 1,500 desktops (nearly all of its users) with a program that would simplify management, deliver all needed applications to a diverse employee population, speed provisioning to associates in 10 developmental centers across the state, and increase privacy and security. DODD’s deployment of VMware’s View virtual desktop software is one of the largest known state and local government roll-outs in the U.S. according to Brian Feller, VP of sales and operations at WhipTail.



Michael T. Krouse, Senior VP and CIO

The OhioHealth Information Services department is a team of more than 350 people who support the corporate enterprise care sites, physician practices and business areas. There are several factors that set them apart. First, the team is part of a changing environment that embraces mobile technologies, patient engagement and experiences, clinical quality and altered workflows in both the inpatient and outpatient areas of healthcare. Second, the size of the department provides associates with the opportunity to apply their skills to the development and support of IT solutions. While many of the IT associates are technically trained, others are clinically trained and have migrated into IT professionally. And finally, the team is passionate about service excellence. After adopting a best-practice Information Technology Infrastructure Library approach five years ago, the department has increased its competence in many process areas, as well as in customer service skills. The team’s work on the Mobile Mammography and Bone Density Project clearly demonstrates how these attributes are successfully applied to a real-life situation.


The Ohio State University College of Engineering

Peter Rogers, Dir. of Social Innovation & Commercialization

The Social Innovation and Commercialization program has been formed through the collaboration of the Tony R Wells Foundation, The Ohio State University, and a number of local, not-for-profit organizations. The program applies transdisciplinary teams of students to define, design, and commercialize products for people with disabilities. Resulting revenue is returned to our non-profit partner.

Major benefits of the program include: (1) improve independence of people with disabilities, (2) help non-profits become self sustaining, and (3) create the next generation of social entrepreneurs.



Adel Mikhail, President & CEO

Phylogeny aims to accelerate the discovery of new therapeutics and diagnostics for human health by enabling scientists to achieve excellence in functional genomic research.

Since 1997, Phylogeny, Inc. has served thousands of researchers at both companies and institutes who are engaged in genomic research. Phylogeny’s technology serves clients in the corporate sector, including most biotech companies and ALL top tier pharmaceutical companies.

Phylogeny is dedicated to supporting streamlined identification and validation of therapeutic and diagnostic strategies.


Start Labs

Kevin Hiser, President

QStart Labs provides start ups, investors, and established firms an experienced technology development and start up advisory team made up of entrepreneurs, designers, nerds, and investors that are changing the way that new businesses are launched on the web.

QStart Labs employs top developers that believe in a pragmatic, fun atmosphere that keeps motivation high, and outcomes hugely successful. Their team of “Rock Star” talent is the perfect fit for assisting start ups with one-of-a-kind technology platforms, tailored specifically to fit their needs.


Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates

Mark Alfonso, M.D., President

The Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates (RRIA) IT Division’s launch of Lucid Radiology Solutions and the RadAssist product is a milestone in the group’s ongoing commitment to pushing the envelope to drive higher quality imaging exam results reporting for health system partners, patients and referring physicians. RadAssist is undoubtedly providing a level of service and innovation unmatched in the marketplace. These IT capabilities continue to exceed national best practice scores in all categories measured. In addition, the RRIA IT Division has assisted the group in achieving national recognition, including being ranked 11th by Radiology Business Journal’s 50 Largest Private Radiology Practices in the nation for the second year in a row, as well as once agin securing the top spot as the official radiology group for the NHL franchise Columbus Blue Jackets. More recent recognition includes being named in the top 50 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, selected by Columbus Business First as a ” Best Places to Work” and a finalist in the TechColumbus Innovation Awards.


SoftSyl Technologies

Matt Khojasteh, President & CEO and Sepi Jalali, COO

SoftSyl Technologies brings total end-to-end Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and telephony solutions to businesses and call centers of all sizes, in any industry. The company’s technology team has over 15 years of experience with designing and developing IVR systems for Fortune 500 companies. By leveraging this experience, SoftSyl Technologies has built an enterprise-class, cost-effective, proprietary platform that integrates with any IP phone system and at the same time maintains full industry compliance. The company eliminates multi-vendor dependency by offering analysis, design, development, deployment, and support for hosted and on-site solutions.


Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging

The Ohio State University (Director: Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD) and the OSUMC Center for Neuromodulaion (Director: Ali Rezai, MD) Program Director and Professor

The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging (WCI-BMI) at OSU has teamed up with The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) Center for Neuromodulation to simultaneously and synergistically leap forward existing neuroimaging and neuromodulation / deep brain stimulation technology. Together they seek to develop, pursue and validate the most innovative, minimally invasive, neurosurgical procedures to create advanced or new treatments for otherwise incurable ailments. Neuromodulation / deep brain stimulation requires not only exceptional neurosurgical skills and experience, but critically depends on non-invasive imaging to identify, map and visualize ultra-detailed neuro-anatomy, neuro-function and neuro-connectivity as well as non-invasive techniques to guide the fine-tuning of the modulation techniques. For leading edge technology teams to work and develop in highly interactive, well-known yet cocooned environments, bringing different technology efforts together, requires a common cause and goal. This is the common thread throughout the teams: advancing technology to help improve patient’s lives through breakthrough technologies. Within the last year, the integrated and well aligned team has broken through many perceived technology constraints in imaging technologies and leaped capabilities to advance therapeutic options.

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