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High-tech device that detects breast cancer wins Product of the Year nod

New Hampshire Union Leader

October 12. 2017 9:24PM
Diane Clifford, director of marketing for iCAD, Inc., explains the Powerlook Tomo Detection product, which won Product of the Year Thursdayfrom the New Hampshire High Tech Council. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

The state-of-the-art leader in saving time, money and lives through breast cancer detection won the 2017 Product of the Year in the 12th annual competition of the New Hampshire High Technology Council.

iCAD Inc. of Nashua made the Powerlook Tomo Detection, which allows radiologists to pore through hundreds of images quickly and accurately and detect breast cancer using three dimensional mammography or tomosynthesis technology.

“iCAD revolutionizes the read for radiologists,” said Diane Clifford, the company’s director of marketing.

The announcement came at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford after the five finalists gave presentations of their innovations; the audience went online in real time to vote.

“This was really a very competitive group of diverse companies. I seriously could have seen any of them winning this,” said Matthew Cookson, executive director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council.

iCAD’s winning product will be featured in a display at the I-93 South Welcome Center in Hooksett.

A five-person panel of judges, including New Hampshire Union Leader Business Editor Mike Cote, selected the five finalists.

They included:

• The Wagz Smart Dog Collar: Dover-based Wagz.

It’s an all-in-one smart collar that tracks activity, fitness, barking, location and temperature and can be used with an owner’s smartphone app.

• The Lightweight Carbon Fiber Assault Ladder: Hooksett-based Pilot Innovations. an advanced composites company.

This telescoping ladder weighs only 18 pounds, extends from 28 inches to 18 feet in under 20 seconds and is built for use by the military.

• Motion Surface banknote security: Crane Currency at the Boston company’s research and development center and production plant in Nashua.

Embedded into the $100 bill will be three-dimensional effects to ensure authenticity which with a blue polymer makes it easy to determine whether the paper bill is genuine.

• The DevKit: Bedford-based Vybe Software.

This enables users with no programming experience to create mobile apps and games from iPhones and iPads without having to write any code.

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