ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M
announced today that it has been honored with Silver and Bronze awards
at The Edison Best New Products Award gala in New York City.
These distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence
personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America’s drive to remain
in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global
As an innovator in the filtration and healthcare industries, 3M was
recognized for the launch of the Filtrete
Water Station in the Consumer Packaged Goods – Household category,
winning a Silver award. The 3M Integrated Cycler and Simplexa received a
Bronze award in the Science & Medical – Diagnostics Aids category. 3M
shared the second award with Focus Diagnostics, the infectious disease
diagnostics business of Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s
leading diagnostic testing company, which provides its Simplexa™ line of
molecular tests on the 3M Integrated Cycler. Recognition for ingenuity
in these categories continues to highlight 3M's proud reputation as a
leader in innovation.
“Thomas Edison was known for recognizing a need in the marketplace and
then creating a solution to meet that need,” said Laurie Altman, General
Manager at 3M. “In that same spirit, the Filtrete Water Station was
conceived – providing water drinkers with fast filtering option that
delivers the convenience of bottled water without the cost or waste.
We’re honored to be an Edison Award winner.”
Introduced in July 2010, the Filtrete Water Station filters water
directly from the tap into four reusable, BPA-free water bottles. In
seconds, the water station helps reduce sediments, chlorine taste and
odor from tap water. The Filtrete Water Station also can help reduce
environmental waste, saving up to 3,000 plastic bottles per year from
ending up in landfills, and ultimately, helping save individuals and
families $420 to $4,420 per year in bottled water costs.
The innovative 3M Integrated Cycler claimed a win in its respective
category, along with Focus Diagnostics, for representing advancement in
real-time molecular diagnostic technology. The first product on the 3M
Integrated Cycler, Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 (2009) test, was the first
commercial real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test to receive
FDA clearance for the detection and differentiation of the 2009 H1N1
influenza and other influenza A viruses, in May 2010. 3M and Focus
Diagnostics collaboratively developed the product as an alternative to
rapid, but at times unreliable, point-of-care flu tests requiring
several hours or days to report results. Other Simplexa tests running on
the 3M Integrated Cycler cleared in the U.S. by the FDA include the
detection influenza A and B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 1.
“Many PCR tests are performed in high-end reference laboratories which
receive specimens from a physician, a process that can add days to the
results reporting process. Our compact instrument helps hospitals and
other laboratories perform high-end molecular testing in-house, all
while maintaining a small laboratory footprint,” said Tom Cole,
diagnostics marketing manager, 3M Infection Prevention Division.
“This year’s awards recognize a broad array of innovations including
far-reaching products, services and technologies that impact daily
life,” said Edison Awards Steering Committee chair Sarah Miller
Caldicott, a great grandniece of Thomas Edison. “The awards applaud the
forward-thinking innovations for which Thomas Edison remains
internationally admired. It’s exciting to see companies like 3M
continuing his legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”
The Edison Awards honor a wide variety of innovative products with Gold,
Silver, and Bronze prizes representing first place, second, and third in
each of its 11 categories. The 2011 Awards are sponsored by The Nielsen
Company, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Spencer Trask and Bzz Agent.
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M
is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion
in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in
more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com
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1 Product bearing CE mark and distributed in Europe includes
the detection of influenza A and B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV),
Epstein Barr, BK Virus and Bordetella pertussis.