The World Economic Forum—the body behind the exclusive annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland—today released its “Technology Pioneers” list for 2011. An unusually large number of the companies on the list (11 out of 31) are located in or near Xconomy’s home cities—see the rundown below.
For the Pioneers list, the WEF singles out companies that “represent the cutting edge in innovation and are poised to have a critical impact on the future of business, industry and society,” in the words of today’s announcement. To be chosen, an honoree “must be involved in the development of a major technology and/or innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership and show all the signs of being a long-standing and sustainable market leader—and its technology must be proven.”
The Technology Pioneers selection committee includes technology and media executives as well as government, NGO, and university officials.
This year’s honorees will receive recognition at the “Summer Davos”—the Annual Meeting of the New Champions—in Tianjin, China, from September 13 to 15.
Adimab (Lebanon, NH)—Antibody-based drug discovery and optimization.
Digital Lumens (Boston)—Efficient LED-based lighting systems.
Medicine in Need (Cambridge, MA)—Reformulating drugs and vaccines for delivery in developing countries.
On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego)—Low-power monitoring and control for smart grid and industrial applications.
Aster Data (San Carlos, CA)—Rapid analytics for very large datasets.
GetJar Networks (San Mateo, CA)—Cross-platform app store for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone, and Symbian devices.
OpenDNS (San Francisco)—Domain name system management with built-in security.
ReputationDefender (Redwood City, CA)—Online identity management to protect against identity theft and defamation.
Scribd (San Francisco)—Cross-platform, online publishing and document sharing.
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies (Vancouver, BC)—Converting phosphorus and ammonia in wastewater into fertilizer.
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