Two 3M Innovations Receive Edison Awards

  Two 3M Innovations Receive Edison Awards

    3M LED Advanced Light and 3M Molecular Detection System honored as top

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 26, 2013

3M, the innovation company that never stops inventing, today announced that
two of its recent technologies have received prestigious honors from the
Edison Awards, a program conducted by the non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization
Edison Universe, which is dedicated to fostering future innovators. At an
award gala last night in Chicago, the company’s 3M™ LED Advanced Light
received a Gold Edison Award in the Lighting category while the 3M™ Molecular
Detection System earned a Silver Edison Award within the Diagnostic/Analytic
Systems category.

Nominees were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives
including previous winners, academics, and leaders in the fields of product
development, design, engineering, science and medicine. The evaluation
criteria used for this comprehensive, peer-reviewed process emphasized themes
of concept, value, delivery and impact.

Gold Award-Winning 3M LED Advanced Light
The 3M LED Advanced Light – the company’s first-ever bulb – couldn’t be more
appropriate for an innovation award named after Thomas Edison. Just as
Edison’s 1879 invention of the safe and practical incandescent light bulb took
electric lighting to a newer, more economical level, 3M’s development of a
bulb predicated upon light-emitting diodes (LED) further advances the
technology. With new federal standards phasing out incandescent light bulbs,
the 3M LED Advanced Light provides an option that’s just as bright as a
traditional bulb, and with its special Light Guide Technology, it shines in
all directions. Developed with 3M multilayer optical film, adhesives and heat
management technologies, the stylish bulb provides long-term cost savings but
doesn’t compromise on energy efficiency. What’s more is that it has an
impressive 25-year product lifespan.

“Informed by 3M’s expertise converting LED into stable backlighting for
high-definition TVs, our new bulb offers a more friendly and functional light
source at a fraction of the energy,” said Ray Johnston, scientist for the 3M
Electronics and Energy Group Lab. “It’s beyond meaningful to receive an award
associated with Thomas Edison, someone regarded as the father of the light

Silver Award-Winning 3M Molecular Detection System
3M Food Safety’s new 3M™ Molecular Detection System represents a pure and
simple approach to detecting dangerous foodborne and food processing
environment pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria on the DNA level.
Created with global food safety needs in mind, the system saves time for
processors, increases their productivity and assures their overall testing
accuracy. The system’s unique combination of sophisticated, proprietary
technologies – isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection –
yield a simplified testing process that requires fewer steps and starts
displaying results in real-time.

“We are honored to receive this award, which embodies 3M Food Safety’s ongoing
goal to develop lasting solutions that serve customers on a global basis,
protect brands and help ensure the vital safety of our food supply,” said Niki
Montgomery, marketing manager for the 3M Molecular Detection System.
“Technological progress shouldn’t be difficult to use if it doesn’t need to
be. This innovation is built on the idea that simplicity, efficiency and
intuitiveness are paramount to lasting innovation success.”

About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards, conducted by Edison Universe, are sponsored by Nielsen, USA
Today, Science Channel and Discovery Communications. The awards are named
after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development
methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him
1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name. For more information about
the Edison Awards and its lists of winners, visit

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Its culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on


For 3M:
Kohnstamm Communications
Aaron Berstler, 651-789-1264
Cohn and Wolfe
Dana Simone, 212-798-9708
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