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ExplORer Surgical is Named Winner of 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards

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    October 31, 2017

    Chicago, IL—  ExplORer Surgical of Chicago has been named one of the Up-and-Comer Award Winners of the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.

    The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Monday, October 30, with nearly 1500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation in attendance.  The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 16th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market or to public service each year.

    The ExplORer software is a digital playbook for procedures that improves team communication & coordination and collects rich intraoperative analytics. It was built out of a research laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

    “Chicago’s innovators continue to demonstrate the breadth of innovation found in the Chicago region, cutting across all industries, sectors and sizes,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “2017 winners are pioneers in healthcare, food services, data analytics, architecture, chemical products, transportation, government, household appliances, digital technology, childcare, non-profit, economic development, and beauty care.”

    CEO and Co-Founder Jennifer Fried says of the award, “We are honored to have received one of the Up-and-Comer awards. Our company has deep ties to the city since its origination at the University of Chicago. Chicago has been a phenomenal community for us to build and grow our company and we are thrilled to receive this recognition. We look forward to adding more jobs and contributing to the local healthcare and technology ecosystems.”

    John Flavin, the Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, adds, “The Polsky Center of Entrepreneurship's mission is to help innovators go from idea to impact in a way that advances Chicago’s economy. ExplORer continues to exemplify this as it makes operating rooms safer, and we are thrilled to see this award presented to the company.”

    The winning organizations receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Mayor, Governor and Cook County President.

    “Over 530 organizations nominated for this year’s awards,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards.  “As a group, these nominees generated record totals in economic output, with nearly $3.4 billion in new revenues achieved from their new products and services, along with the creation of over 15,000 new jobs.  The winners represent the best from this very impressive group.”

    The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found at

    The Chicago Innovation Awards are supported by Gold Sponsors Comcast Business, Wintrust Financial and SMS Assist; Silver Sponsors Exelon, Vedder Price and others.




    ExplORer Surgical

    432 N Clark, Suite 205, Chicago IL 60654

    (312) 877-5590

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