Architect Paolo Soleri and attorney Quinn Williams were given lifetime achievement awards this week in the 2008 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards competition.
Soleri, the designer of Arcosanti, was recognized for addressing sustainability and environmental issues, while Williams was honored for his work in venture capital financing for technology companies.
Others winners were Daniel D. Von Hoff of TGen Clinical Research Services at Scottsdale Healthcare, for his work in applying advances in human genome understanding to treat diseases and Jeff Morhet, chief executive of InNexus Biotechnology in Scottsdale, for his development of a drug company at the Mayo Clinic.
Company award winners were Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems, a Phoenix-based company that makes collision avoidance systems and other aviation safety systems; Trilogy by Shea Homes, which is developing energy- and water-efficient homes; Flypaper Studios of Phoenix, which is developing easy ways to create media content on the Web; Succeed Corp. of Mesa, which produces software to help small businesses increase online sales; and Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, which is helping small businesses and universities develop intellectual property that will create more Arizona jobs.
The University of Arizona’s Phoenix Mars Mission, which explored the planet’s north pole region, received the Academia Innovator of the Year Award.