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Patent award showcases diverse N.J. innovations

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The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will recognize more than 12 companies and 30 investors for a range of inventions, spanning from an innovative toothbrush to method that enables charitable donations via text message.

The companies and universities will be recognized at the Chatham-based organization's 34th Thomas Edison Patent Awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

"This year's ceremony illustrates the full spectrum of innovation in the Garden State, from inventions that support natural disaster relief to technologies that increase handgun safety," Council President Anthony Cicatiello said in a statement.

Award winning patents and inventors include:

- Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, in the multimedia technology category, for streaming multimedia information over public networks;

- AT&T, in the information technology category, for an invention that allows donors to make charitable contributions via text message;

- Avaya, in the telecommunications category, for disaster recovery via alternative terminals and partitioned networks;

- Colgate-Palmolive, in the consumer category, for the first commercial toothbrush to include a soft tissue cleanser offering simultaneous cleansing of both soft tissue, tongue and cheeks, and hard tissue, teeth. The product, commercially known as Colgate360, is designed to convert a toothbrush into a mouth-cleaning device.

- ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, in the industrial processes category, for "converting C9+ aromatic hydrocarbons to lighter aromatic products by transalkylation in the presence of two zeolite-containing catalysts;"

- Glenbrook Technologies, in the medical devices category, for "rotating x-ray apparatus for inspection of deployed intravascular devices;"

- JP Laboratories, in the homeland security category, for a "self indicating radiation alert systems;"

- New Jersey Institute of Technology, in the emerging technology category, for "unauthorized user prevention device and method," using an embedded electronic device that helps identify handgrips for handgun use;

- Novartis, in the pharmaceutical category, for a pharmaceutical salt that can treat a form of chronic myeloid leukemia;

- Rutgers University, in the biotechnology category, for an invention that describes the use of Leukotoxin, a natural bacterial protein for treatment of hematilogic malignancies;

- Siemens Corp, in the medical imaging category, for "method and system for regression-based object detection in medical images;"

- TE Connectivity SubComwill, in the communications category, for an invention used in undersea cable systems that improves the performance of long-haul telecommunication systems.

The council will also honor:

- Former Gov. James Florio, for his contributions to environmental sustainability, including authoring Superfund legislation while in Congress and helping to create the 1.1 million-acre New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve in South Jersey.

- Morris Tanenbaum will receive the council's science and technology award. The council said Tanenbaum is considered a founding father of the digital age in that he invented the world's first diffuse-base silicon transistor. Silicon is the industry's preferred semiconductor material. Tanenbaum held executive positions in Bell Labs, Western Electric Company and AT&T Communications.

- Susan Cole will be named Educator of the Year. Cole was selected for leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education at Montclair University, where she has been president since 1998.

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