TR50: The 50 Most Innovative Companies (26-30)

Here are 26-30 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.

Click here for 1-5 of TR’s most innovative companies of 2011;
Click here for 6-10 of TR’s most innovative companies of 2011;
Click here for 11-15 of TR’s most innovative companies of 2011;
Click here for 16-20 of TR’s most innovative companies of 2011.
Click here for 21-25 of TR’s most innovative companies of 2011.

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.

26)   Life Technologies
 Lowering the cost of DNA sequencing opens the door to more genetically targeted treatments and diagnostics.
Key innovation:
 Its benchtop sequencer can sequence a human genome in one day, at a cost of just $1,000 per genome.

27)  Nicira
By using virtual computer networks rather than hardwired systems to connect cloud servers, it could make the cloud more secure and reliable.
Key innovation:
Its software takes over the functions of network hardware, resulting in a distributed system of components that can swiftly respond to changes in workload.

28)   OnLive
Allows users to access applications too powerful for their hardware to support.
Key innovation:
Its video streaming technology minimizes lag so that applications running on a server appear to be running locally.

29)   Organovo
Its three-dimensional artificial tissue structures can be used for drug testing and are likely to find therapeutic applications.
Key innovation:
A printing process methodically deposits layers of cells and gel material to build up new tissues.

30)   Palantir Technologies
Why: Its software can extract common threads from mountains of data, potentially yielding leads for intelligence agencies and police forces.
Key innovation:
The software, which can begin analyzing a new data set without extensive preparation, can handle many different types of input, including data from military operations and financial transactions.

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