Companies who are remaking everything from lighting to hospital masks were named winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards on Monday night at the Harris Theater.
Chicago-based BrightTag, which makes software to manage website advertising, won for its technology that connect websites to digital marketing and analytics services.
Lisle-based Catamaran Corp., the world’s fourth-largest pharmacy benefits manager, won for innovation that allows pharmacy claims to be processed at the point of sale.
Lake Zurich-based Champion Medical Technologies, a medical information-technology company, won for RecallConnect technology that allows hospitals to automatically match patients and medical devices that have been recalled.
Chicago-based Coyote Logistics, a shipping firm, was singled out for its innovative business model that helps eliminate empty miles when trucks are traveling without a load.
Mount Prospect-based Cummins Allison, which makes currency-handling equipment for banks, won for a new smaller, cheaper machine that can count currency and scan checks.
Chicago-based electrical components maker Littelfuse won for a circuit protector used in outdoor LED lighting and solar power applications.
Medline Industries, a Mundelein-based medical supplier, won for its BioMask, a mask that kills germs.
Chicago-based OptionsCity Software won for its Freeway software, an algorithmic trading platform for independent traders.
Naperville-based Polybrite International, an LED lighting maker, won for its Borealis LED light bulb, which uses 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs.
Chicago-based SMS Assist, which provides facilities maintenance services to companies with multiple sites, won for its web-based product that allows real-time vendor management.
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