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HzO, Inc.—a Utah start-up—received the coveted Utah Innovation Award in Salt Lake City today. The award was given to HzO for its revolutionary WaterBlockTM technology, which not only protects electronic devices from drips to splashes of water and other liquids, but also protects during prolonged submersion.

The Utah Innovation Awards program, the first of its kind nationally, is designed to recognize cutting-edge innovations and the Utah companies that created them. Twenty-seven innovations from across multiple industries were selected as finalists in the 10th Annual Utah Innovations Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council. HzO received this award in the Consumer Products category of the Utah Innovation Awards.

“This recognition sets us apart from other products in the market and awards the work of a tremendous team of innovators at HzO,” said Paul Clayson, president and chief executive of HzO. “WaterBlockTM will revolutionize the way consumers use mobile devices. Not only will WaterBlock protect against accidents, it will allow electronic devices to go where they have never gone before.”

The diverse array of this year’s finalists and honorees for the Utah Innovation Award—cancer-related therapies, interactive education tools, a custom packing machine, a hydration pack, and others— demonstrates Utah’s position leading the front edge of technology.

About HzO

HzO’s proprietary WaterBlockTM is cutting-edge technology that protects valuable electronics from water, humidity, and other liquids. Powerful and invisible, WaterBlockTM protects on the molecular scale. HzO is commercializing WaterBlock in consumer electronics, military, solar energy, first responder devices, marine, industrial and other markets. Visit www.hzoinside.com for more information.

About Stoel Rives LLP

Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing counseling and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states. Stoel Rives is regarded as a leader in corporate, intellectual property, litigation, energy, natural resources, and environmental law. For more information, visit www.stoel.com.

About Utah Technology Council

The Utah Technology Council is the essential resource for Utah's 4,000 science and technology companies seeking to develop management talent, improve Utah's business environment and raise investment capital. Members can connect and share insights with industry peers, government and academic leaders, professional service providers and venture capital firms. Visit www.utahtechcouncil.org or call 801.568-3500.

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