President’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.
HVCA 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.
R&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.