Forty-seven companies—more than half of which are U.S.-based and 19 of which are IT-focused—were awarded status as Technology Pioneers 2007, announced the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based independent organization that seeks to improve the state of the world, on Dec. 4.
Products from the companies include microscopic pill cameras, bio-sensors that can localize land mines and implantable medical devices for the treatment of brain tumors.
Two hundred twenty-five companies were nominated by venture capital and technology companies, with a panel of technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum making the final selection of 47.
Companies chosen as technology pioneers had to be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation in and have potential for long-term impact on business and society, as well as be able to show signs of being a long-standing market leader with proven technology.
Nineteen of the companies fall within their category of Information Technology, among them ComScore, a Reston-based provider of digital marketing intelligence; HelloSoft, the San Jose provider of VOIP (voice over IP) technologies for wireline and wireless devices; Mozilla Corporation, creator of the free and open-source Firefox browser and based in Mountain View; and ThinkMagic, the Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of RFID readers and sensors.
The Technology Pioneers program launched in 2000, and including this current batch of winners, has awarded the honor to a total of 352 companies to date.
More than half (27) of the Technology Pioneers 2007 are U.S.-based companies, with 13 headquartered in California. Six companies were United Kingdom-based, with the remaining companies scattered throughout India, Israel and the Netherlands.