The U.S. Army – Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, MA is doing as much innovation as it can, creating novel technologies for soldiers in areas such as food safety, sanitation and portable sterilization and enzymatic polymerization of natural compounds for applications in food antioxidants, anticancer drugs and flame-retardant materials. In 2012, NSRDEC patented 20 different technological advancements for the Army, led by scientists such as Institute of Food Technologists Nonthermal Processing Division Past-Chair Christopher Doona, Nicole Favreau Farhadi and Ferdinando Bruno. More information on NSRDEC’s contributions in helping make the U.S. Army and Navy the first government agencies to be named Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global Innovators for 2012 is available at or visit the NSRDEC website at