Innovation & Technology
Abolitionist Fredrick Douglass and women's-rights crusader Susan B. Anthony both knew that real change required a new way of thinking. That innovative, rule-breaking spirit is just as strong today in Rochester, NY, the city they called home.
The Greater Rochester, NY Region has an abundance of talent, powering incredible innovations - cancer-preventing vaccines, fuel-cell prototypes and the technology supporting missions to Mars. Business Insider recently ranked Rochester 13th most innovative city due to the high concentration of tech and science jobs as well as patents per capita. And Forbes ranked Rochester 14th most innovative city and 5th in the nation for number of patents issued per capita.
Pick an industry, a product, a treatment or a service and you can bet that somebody in the Greater Rochester, New York Region found a way to make it better, smarter, stronger or faster. That’s because being innovative is what we do. And it’s what we’ve been doing for more than a century. From legacy companies like Xerox, Bausch & Lomb and Eastman Kodak to today’s leading-edge, highest high-tech companies, the Greater Rochester Region innovates like no place else. The following tip-of-the-iceberg examples give a hint at what we’ve got going on.
1. Heads Up.
The brainiacs at BlackBox Biometrics pioneered a wearable system to measure concussive forces for our troops. Linx IAS puts that battle-tested tech on the playing field, providing real-time data and analysis of potential impact-related injuries. Play on!
2. A shot in the arm.
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center helped create a cancer-preventing HPV vaccine and are now working on an oral vaccine to prevent HIV infection. Just another day in Greater Rochester, the place known for breakthrough leadership in the life sciences.
3. For your eyes only.
Video-display eyewear from Rochester’s own Vuzix tops the must-have list for trend-setting technophiles. Video gamers and average Janes and Joes are seeing the benefits of Vuzix’s innovative systems, including the V-720 Mobile Gaming Platform that took home the CES Innovation Award. When it comes to optics, the Greater Rochester Region is clearly better.
4. You are here.
Lost? Not with Exelis Geospatial Systems. This Rochester-based company transmits the data that makes your GPS your favorite traveling companion. Exelis payloads have been aboard every GPS satellite ever launched, without a single mission-related failure. Too bad it can’t do the driving for you. Yet.
5. Get the popcorn.
For generations, Kodak was Hollywood’s go-to company for film stock, so when IMAX wanted to up its game, it naturally came to Rochester, the Imaging Capital of the World. IMAX bought 50+ Kodak patents and hired 30 former Kodak scientists and engineers, and before you can say “Action!” they’re rolling out laser-based video projection technology for visually stunning films like The Hobbit.