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Lemelson-MIT winners among msnbc's top innovations of the year
November 16, 2009

Nov. 16, 2009 – Three current Lemelson-MIT prize winners and one former winner are among the seven award-winning innovations highlighted last week by msnbc.

  • 2009 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize winner Chad Mirkin was recognized by msnbc for his work in nanotechnology, specifically a new diagnostic test that can detect molecules in the bloodstream that are harbingers of disease. Read msnbc's profile on Mirkin
  • Joel Selanikio, 2009 winner of the $100,000 L-MIT Award for Sustainability, was featured for the open-source software package created by his company, Datadyne, which allows health workers in developing countries to quickly and easily take surveys and collect other data using cell phones. Read msnbc's profile on Selanikio
  • Geoffrey von Maltzahn's work in using gold nanorods to seek out and destroy cancer cells was also featured by msnbc. von Maltzahn was the 2009 receipient of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. Read msnbc's profile on von Maltzahn
  • Finally, 2005 winner of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Dennard, was also recognized by msnbc for his work pioneering digital memory technology. Read msnbc's profile on Dennard

About the Lemelson-MIT Program

The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors, encourages sustainable new solutions to real-world problems, and enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation. The Foundation’s programs in the U.S and developing countries recognize and celebrate accomplished inventors; provide financial and mentoring support to grassroots inventors; offer hands-on opportunities that enable young people to develop their budding scientific curiosity; and disseminate technologies that improve people’s lives.

For more information about the Lemelson-MIT Program, visit