ROSELLE, Illinois 28 August 2012
The World Economic Forum announced today its latest selection of Technology Pioneers, consisting of 23 of the world’s most innovative technology start-ups. These industry-changing companies are being recognized for their potential to transform the future of business and society. Their achievements will be honoured at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012 in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, from 11-13 September.
This year’s Technology Pioneers were selected for their visionary leadership and proven technology in the areas of information technology, telecommunications and new media, life sciences and health, and energy and environment.
“These companies are more than pioneering the way we use technology; they are transforming how we as a society are growing and interacting with each other,” said Silvia von Gunten, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “They are also providing new opportunities for people to harness the potential of technology.”
The 23 Technology Pioneers were chosen based on their innovation, potential impact, growth and sustainability, proof of concept and leadership.
“The Technology Pioneers program recognizes companies whose trail blazing technologies are transforming our perceptions of what is possible in science and in business,” said Jennifer Holmgren LanzaTech CEO. “We realize that there are many technologies out there working towards bringing more low carbon fuels into the global fuel pool and so we are immensely proud to have been selected by the judges as one of those on the front line. LanzaTech’s vision is to be a leader in providing alternative game changing solutions that will not only challenge current thinking around energy supply and use, but that will also enable energy to be more accessible to all.”
Each year the World Economic Forum chooses the new Technology Pioneers from hundreds of applicants. Candidate companies are nominated by Members, constituents and collaborators of the World Economic Forum, and by the public. A selection committee, comprised of top technology and innovation experts, academics and venture capitalists, reviews all applications before making its recommendation to the World Economic Forum.
More information about the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers program can be found at http://www.weforum.org/techpioneers
LanzaTech is a leader in gas fermentation technology. It provides novel and economic routes to fuels and high value chemicals from waste gas streams. These technology solutions mitigate carbon emissions from industry without creating adverse impact on food and land security. LanzaTech’s unique process serves as a sustainable pathway to produce platform chemicals that serve as building blocks to products that have become indispensable in our lives such as rubber, plastics, synthetic fibers and fuels. LanzaTech is currently operating a pre-commercial facility in China using steel mill off gases for ethanol production. Full commercial operation is targeted for 2013.