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firm focused on mobile technologies that are intended to help prevent consumers from buying counterfeit drugs.
Life Magnetics — $25,000 AARP Encore Award. The Ann Arbor startup is using a technology, called asynchronous magnetic bead rotation, to develop tests might be able to rapidly identify which antimicrobial treatment is most suitable to treat a patient’s bacterial infection.
CYJ Enterprises — $5,000 Tweet Award (for a business pitch submitted in a tweet via Twitter). The Detroit, MI-based firm has created a Web-based emergency management system that gives “immediate access to a person’s essential information needed in a crisis,” according to its website.
The Mackinac Technology Company — $25,000 advanced materials prize. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company is developing energy-saving thermal insulation products. [Editor’s note: A description of this company’s technology was added after this story was initially published this afternoon.]
ENRG Power Systems — $25,000 advanced transportation prize. The company, based in Bloomfield Hills, MI, has developed an ignition system for engines that uses plasma energy for fuel combustion and can reduce fuel usage by up to 24 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 55 percent, according to the firm.
Accio Energy — $25,000 alternative energy prize. Ann Arbor-based Accio is developing a wind-energy system that does not require any moving parts such as turbine blades. Read more about Accio and its potentially game-changing technology in my colleague Erin’s story from September.