Madison Industries’ Seakeeper and Porex Win 2019 Edison Awards

Seakeeper 2 and Porex FORTRESS™ Pipette Filter recognized for innovation and excellence in transportation and medical technology

Chicago, Illinois – April 22, 2019 – Two Madison Industries businesses, Seakeeper and Porex, have received 2019 Edison Awards in recognition of their game-changing innovation at the forefront of new product and service development.

Seakeeper, the global leader in marine stabilization, received its Gold Edison Award for Seakeeper 2, the world’s first truly practical, and only modern, anti-roll gyro which virtually eliminates boat roll on vessels 27 to 32 feet. Seakeeper’s innovative technology changes the boating experience by eliminating up to 95 percent of the rocking motion that causes seasickness, fatigue and anxiety.

“We’ve been relentless at working to change a fundamental human experience by making boating more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and the introduction of our smallest product, the Seakeeper 2, is a huge step in realizing that mission,” said Seakeeper President & CEO Andrew Semprevivo. “We’ve been pushing ourselves every day for 11 years to bring our best innovations to market, and we’re honored to be recognized as a leader and proud to stand next to the other incredible Edison Awards winners this year.”

Porex, global leader in advanced porous solutions and member of the Filtration Group, has won a Bronze Edison Award in the medical category for its FORTRESS® Pipette Tip Filter. The FORTRESS® pipette tip filter, used in liquid handling for analytical, clinical and blood transfusion medicine markets, is a major breakthrough for the industry as the first certified pure liquid barrier filter, setting the tone for sample protection and accurate test results. The pipetting technology delivers reassurance and consistency for quality results for both manual and automatic liquid handling systems.

“This award is a testament to the capabilities of the FORTRESS technology, which is the only filter of its kind that can protect samples, contain aerosols, and prevent cross contamination as well as retrieve samples within one component,” said Jon Peacock, CEO of Porex and president of Filtration Group’s Life Sciences Business. “Our win is a huge accomplishment for Porex and reiterates our commitment to making innovative products that are creating a safer, healthier and more productive world.”  

All nominations for this year’s competition were reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel. The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organizations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards have become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards were presented at the Edison Awards’ annual black-tie event at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York, NY on April 4, 2019. Events earlier in the day included a Meet the Innovators Forum and an Innovators’ Showcase where participating companies had the opportunity to connect with other finalists and innovators and share their products.

For more information on the 2019 Edison Awards, please visit Applications for the 2020 awards will open in August 2019.

About Madison Industries

Madison Industries is one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the world. Madison builds entrepreneurially driven, branded market leaders that are committed to making the world safer, healthier and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value.  The team at Madison is committed to building something truly remarkable that long outlasts them while coaching others to reach their highest potential.

About Seakeeper Inc.

Founded in 2003 by a successful entrepreneur and a naval architect, Seakeeper is the global leader in marine stabilization. Seakeeper’s innovative technology changes the boating experience by eliminating up to 95 percent of all boat roll, the rocking motion that causes seasickness, fatigue and anxiety. Since selling its first gyro in 2008, Seakeeper has developed a growing catalog of models for an expanding range of boat sizes. The company has more than 200 employees globally, based in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Germany, and Singapore.

About Porex Corporation

Porex Corporation, a member company of the Filtration Group, takes pride in 50 years of partnering with our customers to deliver engineering and design innovations that turn their product ideas into reality. Through a collaborative engineering partnership, Porex develops high-value solutions to our customers’ product design challenges in absorption, application, diffusion, filtration, venting, and wicking. These material solutions can be used in medical device, analytical sciences, in-vitro diagnostics, and advanced wound care applications to improve performance and consistency.  The Certified Pure POREX™ program substantiates the purity of POREX filters and materials via comprehensive testing conducted by independent laboratories. With unmatched engineering experience, stringent regulatory and quality standards, and an extensive global footprint, POREX® solutions form the standard of material excellence to bring your next product to life – and create a safer, healthier, and more productive world. Visit Porex at

About the Edison Awards

Established in 1987, the Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards, please visit