The virtual event illuminated innovation leaders from across the state. It honored five innovative companies for their work during the pandemic, giving the following reasons:
- BD: Honored for rapidly developing three COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, and then for reliably manufacturing tens of millions of them;
- J&J: Honored for its fast and effective development of the third U.S.-approved COVID-19 vaccine, and the first to fully protect people with a single dose;
- Newark Working Kitchens: Honored for sustaining over 30 Newark restaurants throughout the pandemic and delivering over 900,000 meals to residents in need;
- Pfizer: Honored for its extraordinarily rapid and effective development of the first U.S.-approved COVID-19 vaccine;
- Rutgers: Honored for its rapid development of the COVID-19 saliva test — the first to obtain FDA approval, and one that can be used at home.
James Barrood, CEO of Innovation+, which hosted the event, said he was thrilled to honor the groups.
“I am extraordinarily proud that we had the opportunity to honor the innovations that are enabling this country — and, soon, the world — to overcome this tragic COVID-19 pandemic that has affected billions of lives and livelihoods,” he said.
“Furthermore, I’m gratified that these innovations were developed by brilliant leaders from our great innovation state. “