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How we chose the top 30 innovators in Massachusetts business

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May 22, 2011

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They are the state’s best innovators — 30 executives, entrepreneurs, engineers, and educators.

For more than 23 years, the Globe 100 has been a showcase for the companies doing the most to innovate and grow the state’s economy. With this inaugural list, we shine the light on the people who made real achievements in the past year — turning businesses around against difficult odds, starting up fast-growing new companies, advancing science and medicine, launching blockbuster products — in general, representing the best the state has to offer in creativity, industry, and innovation.

The Globe contacted more than 200 Massachusetts executives, academics, engineers, venture capitalists, analysts, economists, researchers, and activists to serve as judges. Nearly 70 submitted 211 nominations in 25 industries, then participated in a final vote to create our list of 30 individuals. Each judge voted in one of 10 categories; each category combined three or more of our 25 industries.

Judges ranked winners on a scale of one to five, with five being the most innovative. Winners were chosen by total score; average score; and number of high votes — five, four, or three — accorded to each nominee. The Globe made a final determination of candidate eligibility in cases of conflict, inaccurate, or outdated information.

Judges were eligible to be nominated for the Most Innovative list. Some judges participated on condition of anonymity.

We wish to thank all of the judges who helped put together the Globe 100 's Most Innovative People in Massachusetts Business. Among them:

Andy Husbands, chief and owner, Tremont 647
Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Robert Davis, general partner at Highland Capital
Brian Gilmore, exec. vice president for public affairs, AIM
Bruce Bullen, chief operating officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Catherine D'Amato, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and executive Chairman of Boston-Power
Jay Zimmerman, chairman., Bingham McCutchen LLP
Dan Pallotta, founder of the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days Walk , president of Advertising for Humanity
Don Rosenfield, MIT, director for leaders of Global Operations Program and senior lecturer at Sloan school and management
Dr. Gene Lindsey, president and CEO, Atrius Health
Edward Glaeser, Harvard economics professor, director of the Rappaport Institute, director of the Taubman Center for state and local government
Roger Joseph, Bingham McCutchen
Frank DePasquale, president of DePasquale Ventures
George Kachen, Director, tech transfer office at UMass Lowell
Jack Healy, director, Mass. Manufacturing Extension Program
James Manwell, UMass Amherst, director, Wind Energy Center
Jeffrey Anderson, CEO/founder, Quick Hit
Jeffrey Breen, president, Cambridge Aviation Research
Sylvie Gregoire, president, Shire Human Genetic Therapies
Sushil K. Tuli, president and CEO, Leader Bank
James Foster, Chairman, President and CEO, Charles River Labs
Jim Holzman, CEO, Ace Tickets
John Fernandez, president and CEO, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Foundation and Infirmary
John Hailer, president and CEO of US and Asia in Boston Natixis Global Asset Management
John Paul, AAA manager of traffic safety and public affairs
George Bell, CEO, Jumptap
Lawrence S. Bacow, outgoing president at Tufts University
Lynn Nicholas, president and CEO, Massachusetts Hospital Association
Marcela Garcia, editor of El Planeta
Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst NPD Group
Matthew Brelis, director of media relations, Massachusetts Port Authority
Michael W. Bonney, president and CEO, Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Michael Tesler, founding partner, Retail Concepts
Mike Cavaretta, lawyer, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton
Mitch Tyson, principal, Tyson Associates
Neil Bathon, founder FUSE Research Network
Dharmesh Shah, founder and chief technology officer, HubSpot
Patricia Brandes, executive director of the Barr Foundation
Patrick Lyons, entertainment and restaurant entrepreneur
Paul Gaynor, chief executive of First Wind
Peter Slavin, president, Massachusetts General Hospital
Randi Millman, booking agent, T.T. The Bear's
Richard K. Sullivan Jr., MA Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary
Andrew Graff, CEO of Allen & Gerritsen, chairman of The Ad Club
Robert Mulroy, CEO, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals
Roger Crandall, CEO at MassMutual
Robert Pozen, chairman emeritus, MFS Investment Management; senior lecturer, Harvard Business School
Duncan Richardson, chief equity investment officer, Eaton Vance EVP
Robert Coughlin, president and CEO, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Seth Kaplan, vice president for policy and climate advocacy, Conservation Law Foundation
Seth Priebatsch, Chief Ninja, SCVNGR
Shred, booking agent, Middle East Downstairs
Suzanne Moot, banking consultant, principal M&M Associates
Thomas J. Sommer, president, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council
Tim Rowe, CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center
Timothy A. French, managing principal at Fish & Richardson
Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO, The Warren Group
Tom Gerace, CEO, Skyword Inc.
Tuan Ha-Ngoc, president and CEO, AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Watson Collins, heads EV charging station division., Northeast Utilities
Wendell Taylor, corporate partner at WilmerHale
William Lee, co-managing partner at WilmerHale

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