Here are 11-15 of MIT’s Technology Review’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2011. We’re posting in increments of five every few days as not to overwhelm you with info and required reading.
Technology Review uses the following criteria to choose the most innovative companies,
What is a TR50 company? It is a business whose innovations force other businesses to alter their strategic course. TR50 members are nominated by Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that over the last year have demonstrated original and valuable technology, are bringing that technology to market at a significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors.
11) Complete Genomics
Why: New sequencing projects that the company announced in 2011 include one aimed at predicting preterm births and another that will sequence cancer genomes.
Key innovation: A computational platform allows it to assemble DNA sequences into genomes more accurately.
12) Dreamworks Animation
Why: Speeding up production of digitally animated movies will also benefit gaming and augmented reality.
Key innovation: Software that can take maximum advantage of a multicore processor allows animators to create scenes in minutes instead of hours.
Why: Its technology makes it easier for users to sync and share files on smart phones, laptops, and desktops.
Key innovation: Cloud-based systems are the basis for a consumer-focused service that works across multiple platforms.
Why: Using lightweight parts will decrease the fuel consumption of the company’s aircraft and make its satellites cheaper to launch.
Key innovation: Redesigning select parts to take advantage of the capabilities of 3-D printers has cut their weight in half.
Why: The social network has become the means by which many online users communicate, get news, and find entertainment.
Key innovation: New features automatically integrate casual online activity, such as listening to music or reading newspaper articles, into the social sphere.