Codonics receives 2013 NorTech Innovation Award


Codonics, Inc. of Middleburg Heights has been recognized as one of seven companies to receive the 2013 NorTech Innovation Award. It received the honor March 15 during the annual awards ceremony in Independence, Ohio.

Codonics was recognized for its Safe Label System (SLS), an FDA-approved system that improves the safety and accuracy of medication management.

“We are truly honored and humbled for this prestigious recognition and awareness for improved patient safety technology,” said Peter Botten, president and CEO, Codonics.

Middleburg Heights Mayor Gary W. Starr was quick to add official congratulations from the City.

“The City joins in saluting the achievements of this innovative company,” said Starr. “We’re honored to have such a groundbreaking technology firm continuing to make Middleburg Heights its home.”

Codonics’ Safe Label System is designed to prevent the three most common errors made with injectable and intravenous medications: vial and ampoule swaps; mislabeling; and syringe swaps.

The system utilizes barcode technology to read information from a drug container and electronically verify it against the pharmacy’s hospital-approved drug database. When a drug is scanned on SLS, the clinician is immediately presented with audible and visual confirmation of the drug name and concentration, providing an electronic double check to ensure that the medication selected is correct.

“Codonics is committed to ending medication labeling errors forever,” said Botton. “We’re proud to be working with renowned medical centers, organizations and governmental agencies worldwide to advance best practice standards for medication safety.”

Sponsored by NorTech and Crain’s Cleveland Business, the NorTech Innovation Awards honor the region’s most innovative organizations that have either demonstrated dramatic impact in a specific industry or market sector or have the clear potential to do so in the near future.

The awards cover six distinct industries: advanced energy; advanced materials; biosciences; flexible electronics; instrumentation, controls and electronics; and water technologies. This year, seven companies were recognized:

  • Akron Surface Technologies, Inc.
  • Cleveland HeartLab
  • CardioInsight / Nottingham Spirk
  • Codonics, Inc.
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • quasar energy group
  • SNS Nano Fiber Technology, LLC

“Our honorees are developing and commercializing exciting innovations that are helping to revitalize Northeast Ohio’s economy,” said Rebecca O. Bagley, NorTech president and CEO. “These inspiring technologies are all vastly unique. What they have in common is the potential to transform our region by creating jobs, attracting capital and generating long-term, positive economic impact. NorTech congratulates Codonics for receiving this prestigious award.”

For detailed descriptions and short videos of all seven honorees and their breakthrough technologies visit

About Codonics Inc.

Codonics is a global business and provides the medical industry with some of the most advanced medical imaging and patient safety products in the world from its headquarters in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Since 1982, Codonics has experienced exciting growth and award-winning achievements. Today, it is represented in 110 countries, with more than 30,000 product installations in renowned, cutting-edge medical facilities throughout the world. To learn more about Codonics, visit

About NorTech

NorTech, a technology-based economic development organization, is working to revitalize Northeast Ohio’s economy by accelerating the growth of regional innovation clusters in the advanced energy, flexible electronics and water technologies industries. NorTech engages small, large and midsize companies and universities for business, funding and research opportunities that create jobs, attract capital, and have a long-term, positive economic impact for the region.