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A new breed of social “Impact” companies are showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute and independent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

The Katerva Award identifies these companies as finalists annually in its global competition –– referred to by Reuters as "the Nobel Prize for Sustainability" –– with Bioneedle, as the winning company this year.

Bioneedle is a tiny, hollow implantable needle that dissolves inside the body within seconds. Inoculation is instant, with no disposal of needles required. Thermo-stabilized, the needles and vaccine do not need refrigeration. With this solution, emerging economies can overcome severe limitations in inoculating children and adults against easily preventable diseases.

Some 2,500 ideas were submitted to the Katerva Award council last year and Bioneedle was selected as this year’s winner 2012 –– as the missing link to making sure that vaccinations globally are safe and delivered to those who need them.

“This solution is within reach –– to vaccinate 25 million children worldwide who are susceptible to hepatitis and HIV infection and diseases which have virtually vanished from other parts of the world,” says Terry Waghorn, the founder and executive director of Katerva. “We will apply all of our resources and global community of experts to make sure this technology gets in the right hands –– of the people who need it.”

“Katerva is not just interested in 'good' ideas, the ideas we are after will create big changes in how we live on this planet,” says Waghorn. “Katerva's approach places emphasis squarely on action for a sustainable future—creating and implementing solutions to sustainability-related concerns,” he says.

Katerva is the first truly open worldwide platform for change.

“To solve the complex sustainability challenges we face as stewards of our planet, will require innovative solutions across a wide range of disciplines and economic sectors. Katerva provides a much needed and novel forum for this to happen, as evidenced by the innovation and entrepreneurship embodied by this year's Finalists for the Katerva Award, “ states Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr., Director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland, USA.

Finalists for the Katerva Award 2012 include:

Eco-Fuel Africa, Sino-implant, Womankind Worldwide, Voice 4 Girls, The Water Initiative, A Liter of Light, Center for Rice Husk Technology, Amazon Conservation Team, Blue Ventures, Forest Trends, Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System for Shipping, LanX and Local Capital Markets, Solidarium, Pasteurization Technology Group, Kenguru, International Development Enterprises India, The Living Building Challenge, Kéré Architecture, Holomic LLC, Bioneedle Technologies Group, Streetline Inc., The Humblefactory (for, StatSilk /StatPlanet Project, The Gender Equality Foundation, Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3), AquaClara, Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, Embrace, C-Change, YikeBike, Asthmapolis, Nano Ganesh, MIT SENSEable City Lab Forage Tracking, Foldit, Safe World for Women, Gram Power, The GROW BIOINTENSIVE Agriculture Centre of Kenya, Future of Fish, Liquid Robotics, Reef Check Foundation, Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes, The Savory Institute, WikiCell Designs, AMEE, WaterCredit,, 5 Stone Green Capital LLC (5SGC), Eco-Household Training, ¡Échale! a tu casa, Backpack Farm Agricultural Program, EyeNETRA.

Katerva, founded in 2010 by business intelligence strategist Terry Waghorn, is a not-for-profit organization that finds, evaluates and accelerates disruptive, sustainable innovations that will show measurable impact on this planet in the next 10 years.

Katerva comes from the Latin word Caterva which means “crowd.” Katerva’s distributed networks of CEOs, heads of state, ministers and policymakers, experts and academics, international organizations, youth, and technology innovators are fundamental to finding and then accelerating technologies for dramatic, positive changes that can be seen in our lifetime.


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