The R&D professionals and friends who gathered at the Gaylord Resort & Confer- ence Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s National Harbor in early November were there to witness history being made—for the 54th time. The legacy of the R&D 100 Awards
is rich and varied, and our prestigious program boasts a respected reputation that salutes
the “best of the best” of disruptive, cutting-edge innovations in technology and science.
In fact, through this well-known awards program—created more than 50 years
ago by R&D Magazine—we directly influence a unique, diverse community of R&D
professionals from many different industries who share a real passion for bringing
new technologies, products and services to
the market to make a substantial difference in
people’s lives. One hundred of these “making a
difference” creations were recognized for their
contributions to society in the gala ceremony
that took place on Nov. 3.
We devote this special R&D Magazine issue
to the R&D 100 Awards
Winners and showcase
their achievements. This
publication will become
part of the R&D 100
chronicling the hard-fought
successes in the lab and
in the field as these products come to life.
Our previous October
issue was devoted to the
high-achieving R&D 100
Awards Finalists who were also recognized for innovations
in their respective fields. Indeed, the R&D 100 Awards class
of 2016 is an elite community that has moved the needle in
so many different ways—all with a huge impact on society.
It was my great honor to announce the companies, co-de-
velopers and individual team members making such impressive strides in the past year.
The 100 products, technologies and innovations described in this special issue are
organized into five distinct categories, all major areas of research and development.
These include breakthroughs in Analytical/Test, IT/Electrical, Mechanical/Materials,
Process/Prototyping and Software/Services. Our panel of expert judges also singled
out companies for Special Recognition Awards described in this issue.
Congratulations to all of the R&D 100 Awards Finalists and Winners for 2016! We
look forward to welcoming your submissions for the 2017 R&D 100 Awards—and
invite you to go directly to www.rd100awards.com to get the process started!
It is also my pleasure to congratulate R&D Magazine’s 2016
Innovator of the Year—Dr. Anthony Atala, who graces this cover
and gave a gracious presentation at the R&D 100 Awards ceremo-
ny. You’ll want to read all about his work in regenerative medicine
in our cover feature on page 6.
R&D 100 Awards Winners
Make a Difference
The R&D 100 Awards
class of 2016 is an elite
community that has
moved the needle…
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