USAMRMC's Work Contributes to Army Earning "Top Innovator" Title
April 30, 2013
By Ellen Crown
The U.S. Army was recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators on Thomson Reuters' second annual innovators list.
In their report, Reuters highlighted USAMRMC and the Army's work to develop technology in diverse areas ranging from computing and software, weaponry and general military technology including communications and imaging to diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as malaria and Ebola virus.
"This recognition is shared with the members of our Army Science and Technology community who perform research relevant for the Army and our important mission, and provide the innovation that contributes to a strong national security posture," said Heidi Shyu, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, who accepted the award on behalf of the service during a small ceremony at the Pentagon April 30. "Nearly 12,000 scientists and engineers perform their work daily knowing that it will benefit our Soldiers by providing them with the best technology available to successfully accomplish their mission."
The Army and the Navy are the first government agencies to make the Thomson Reuters annual list. Only organizations having at least 100 or more "innovative" patents in the past three years may be recognized by the award. According to Reuters, an "innovative" patent is defined as the first publication in a patent document of a new technology, drug, business process, etc. These are called basic patents. The U.S. Army met this requirement with more than a 100 basic patents published from 2009-2011 that were protected with granted patents.
"Army Science and Technology cannot survive without innovative scientists and engineers," said Mary J. Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology. "We are lucky to have an amazing group of scientists and engineers to invent, innovate, mature and demonstrate technology that provides increased capability to the war fighter."