TechOut, the annual competition among startups put on by the New Hampshire High Tech Council, has gotten much bigger: This year it awarded $300,000 rather than $100,000 to the two firms chosen from six finalists.

The winner this year is Kantum Diagnostics of Concord, which is developing a “diagnostic and therapeutic combination” to prevent and treat acute kidney injury. The Union-Leader has a story (here it is), with this excellent quote:

“Years of looking through a microscope have paid off finally,” said professor Sylvie Breton, co-founder and CSO of Kantum.

Datanomix of Nashua, which uses “fog” computing (it seems that “cloud” computing is passe) that helps simplify and accelerate how companies extract value from machine-generated data, placed second and. won $100,000.

Other finalists:

 TargetRNA, which discovers and develops small molecule drugs that act directly on disease-causing RNA.

Canopus Water Technologies ,develops nonchemical, water disinfection products using UV and other methods.

EDACS — which stands for education access and support —  a cloud-based application to help schools increase retention for special education students.

Performology a software-as-a-service application that helps organizations increase their sales performance by inspiring and motivating employees.

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