Eight companies and their technology innovations were honored this week in the sixth annual Utah Innovation Awards program.

The awards program is presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council and sponsored by Connect magazine. A committee of nearly 60 experts from private industry, government and higher education selected the award winners in the eight categories:

Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals: Cell Therapy for Acute Renal Failure by Allocure Inc. The other finalist was Novel Antibiotic Screening by Echelon Biosciences Inc.

Chemicals/Materials Science: NaSicon Membrane Technology by Ceramatec Inc.. The other finalist was Torion Guardion-7 Chemical/Biological Detector by BYU and Torion Technologies.

Clean Technology and Energy: In-situ Vapor Extraction by Mountain West Energy LLC. Other finalists were RoofShade — Nature's Free Air-Conditioning by RoofShade Inc. and Wind Tower/HiJack Lifting System by Wasatch Wind.

Computer Hardware/Electrical Devices: Robotic Exoskeleton by Raytheon-Sarcos. Other finalists were Mini CDL by L-3 Communications Communications Systems-West and Spread Spectrum TDR by LiveWire Test Labs Inc.

Consumer Software: Student Profile and College Wizard by Zinch Inc. The other finalists were Control4 Home Automation by Control4 and Crime Reports.com by Public Engines.

Enterprise B2B Software: Solera Networks DS Series Packet Capture Appliance by Solera Networks Inc. The other finalists were Doba Inventory on Demand Platform by Doba and TruPath CNC-Robot Controller by Direct Controls Inc.

Mechanical Devices: Noble-Gas-Based Adjustable Insulation by Klymit. Other finalists were Cricut Expression 24-inch Personal Electronic Cutter by Provo Craft and Novelty Inc. and Kapitol Reef Snorkel by Kadence Technology Inc.

Medical Devices: Active Cervical Plate by Sanacor, QED-100 by Anecare Laboratories Inc. The other finalist was The LouseBuster by Larada Sciences Inc.