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UL 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards Finalist

October 3, 2013

UL's Product Safety DNA Process Recognized as a Top 100 Nominee

NORTHBROOK, Ill., October 2, 2013 - UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety science, has been named a Top 100 Nominee finalist by the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards organization, in recognition of its Product Safety DNA Process. Winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, the largest annual celebration of innovation in the Midwest, cut across all industries, representing big companies, small companies, for-profit and not-for-profit, high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech. They demonstrate the breadth of innovation that is unique to the Chicago region. Winners will be announced and awarded October 30 at the Harris Theater.

UL's Product Safety DNA Process, categorized under the annual award's "B2B Software and Services" category, is a state-of-the-art, data-centric certification and reporting process for product safety evaluations. Historically, UL product safety certifications and evaluations were reported as a text- based essay on the safety critical attributes of the product tested and evaluated to UL's published requirements or standards. With the DNA process, text-based reporting is eliminated and critical data is instead stored in an electronic database. This database is catalogued and structured so that data can be easily searched, sorted and linked enabling the reference of previous construction and testing, reducing effort, turnaround time - in some cases from months to days- and cost for present and future submittals by manufacturers.

 "UL is honored to be recognized as a finalist in the very city where our company was founded in1894," said Frank Ladonne, UL Principal Engineer. "For more than a century we have employed exacting scientific processes and the highest ethical principles to deliver trusted results. Today, we are focusing on the next generation of safety challenges, helping new geographies, new industries and new stakeholders create safer living and work environment in the most efficient ways with transformational advances like the DNA process," added Ladonne. For more information visit

The Chicago Innovation Awards aim to recognize Chicago as a hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for the region, strengthening its economic future and building the spirit of innovation throughout the community.

For more information and to take part and vote for the 2013 Chicago Innovation People's Choice Awards visit Voting is simple, the top 100 finalists have been divided into 12 industries. Within each industry, you are welcome to vote for as many as you like. Descriptions are provided at the bottom of each industry page if you wish to read more about each nominee.

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