Honors


HVCAHVCA Technology Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association named Galen Ho, CEO of CBI Polymers, the winner of its “Clean Tech” Entrepreneur of the Year award. HVCA focuses on technology that builds the economy and creates exports and balance in the economy to alleviate Hawaii’s dependence on tourism.  Mr. Ho has more than 35 years of aerospace and defense experience, having served in a variety of top leadership positions as President and Chief Executive Officer. He was formerly the President of BAE Systems’ Information and Electronic Systems Integration Sector. In 2009,  SKAI Ventures founder and CEO Dr. Hank Wuh was the first recipient of the Invention Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award.


CBI Polymers receives export award from U.S. Department of Commerce – 2011

CBI Polymers Inc., received an export achievement award from the U.S. Department of Commerce on August 1, 2011 for its philanthropic work to provide aid in the clean-up efforts of Hungary’s toxic mud spill last year and the more recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan.  Presented by Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service,the award recognized CBI Polymers for its accomplishments in the global marketplace.


Christopher Columbus FoundationChristopher Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award, National Finalist 2011

The Christopher Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award for 2011 was the result of a year-long national competition to identify the individual citizen or company that is making “a measurable and constructive contribution related to basic and/or advanced research in the area of homeland security.” SKAI Ventures was chosen for the second time as a National Finalists for its invention, development, and commercialization of DeconGel™.


Christopher Columbus FoundationChristopher Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award, National Finalist 2009

The Christopher Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award for 2009 was the result of a year long national competition to identify the individual citizen or company that is making “a measurable and constructive contribution related to basic and/or advanced research in the area of homeland security which will result in a significant and positive benefit to society.” SKAI Ventures was chosen as one of 3 National Finalists for its invention, development, and commercialization of DeconGel™.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is an independent Federal government agency established to “encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind.” Governed by a Presidential appointed Board of Trustees, the Foundation seeks to nurture and recognize pioneering individuals and programs which reflect the visionary spirit and pioneering heritage of Christopher Columbus.


President's National MedalPresident’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2008 Nominee

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the President of the United States on America’s leading innovators. The Medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams, or companies for their outstanding contributions to the Nation’s economic, environmental, and social well-being through development and commercialization of technologic products, processes, and concepts, and technological innovation.


HVCAHVCA Technology Entrepreneur of the Year 2008

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association named SKAI Ventures founder and CEO Hank Wuh, MD, MPH, the first winner of its Invention Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. HVCA focuses on technology “to really build our economy and create exports and balance the economy” to alleviate some of the state’s dependence on tourism. Wuh, who founded SKAI Ventures in 2003, won this award for his work in helping to take innovative, inventive, and disruptive ideas and moving them forward into commercial markets, thus helping to diversify and strengthen Hawaii’s economy.


Research and Development Top 100R&D 100 Award, 2005

“The Oscars of Invention”- The Chicago Tribune
For the past 45 years, R&D magazine has presented the prestigious R&D 100 Award to the best innovations in America. The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year.

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