NDSU technology incubator start-up wins gold in national competition
Ergologistics, a start-up company at the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park’s Technology Incubator, won gold in the 2012 Edison Best New Product Awards in the industrial design category. Ergologistics, which manufactures products to reduce wear and tear on the bodies of workers who lift and carry materials, won for its Lift'n Buddy mobile lifting device.
“I am excited for our company to receive such a high level of achievement by winning a Gold Edison Award,” said Aaron Lamb, president of Ergologistics. “This truly validates our product’s innovation, and leaves us poised to overcome future challenges toward winning in the marketplace.”
Lift’n Buddy competed for the top honor in its category with products made by well-knownbrands such as Dyson and Kobalt.
“This is truly an honor for Aaron and his team at Ergologistics,” said Brenda Wyland, associate director for the NDSU Research and Technology Park. “Innovation plays a vital role for companies to compete globally and this award demonstrates the impact Ergologistics will have in the marketplace.”
The Edison Awards, which have been in existence for 25 years, recognize innovative products, services andbusiness leaders. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison whose product development methods and innovation garnered him more than 1,000 U.S. patents and made him a household name.
The panel of judges for the Edison Best New Product Awards included more than 3,000 top marketing professionals and academics as well as professionals from the fields of product development and design, engineering, science and education. Evaluation criteria focused on concept, value, impact and delivery.
The NDSU Research and Technology Park and Technology Incubator are home to fast-paced, high-growth companies that promote technology-based economic development in North Dakota. Each ofthem has the potential to compete globally or is already doing so effectively. To operate within the park or technology incubator, a company must be involved in the advancement and development of new technology, be willing to establish a working relationship with NDSU and work in one or more of the following technology fields: material sciences, biosciences and life science technology, information technology, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing and sensors/micro-electronics.
North Dakota State University is an economic engine of the state, a top-ranked – and growing – national research power.