Technology Review Unveils the 2007 TR35 Humanitarian and Innovator of the Year

Technology Review Unveils the 2007 TR35 Humanitarian and Innovator of the Year

August 15, 2007

Tapan Parikh from the University of Washington Named Humanitarian of the Year; David Berry of Flagship Ventures Named Innovator of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technology Review today announced the 2007 Humanitarian and Innovator of the Year as part of its annual TR35 awards honoring the top 35 innovators under the age of 35. The Humanitarian of the Year honor goes to Tapan Parikh at the University of Washington, and the Innovator of the Year is David Berry, a principal at Flagship Ventures.

Tapan Parikh, an Intel Fellow and PhD candidate in the department of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, was chosen for his work creating information systems that address the unique requirements of small-business people in developing economies. Working closely with the self-help groups that account for a large portion of the microfinance business in India, Parikh developed a mobile phone application for managing financial information and processes.

David Berry is being recognized for his work developing the technology behind LS9, an emerging biotechnology company. In collaboration with George Church of Harvard Medical School and Chris Somerville of Stanford University, Berry and the team at Flagship Ventures used the tools of synthetic biology to design microorganisms that can produce renewable petroleum fuels.

“Both of these young innovators have devised novel approaches to significant technological challenges, and we are pleased to recognize their valuable contributions,” noted Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review.

Parikh, Berry and the rest of the 2007 TR35 are an elite group of accomplished young people who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business, technology and the arts. TR35 winners will be profiled in the September/October issue of Technology Review and online at http://www.technologyreview.com/tr35/. The TR35 will also be featured at the upcoming 2007 Emerging Technologies Conference, being held September 25-27 at MIT.

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