Keystone Innovation Zones
By Mike May

Innovation comes from more than flashes of insight. A few years ago, Denise Polacek began experiencing hot flashes, which sparked the birth of an innovative solution for this widely encountered problem. "Far fewer women are willing to take hormones today," says Polacek, "and hot flashes are the number one reason they take them." A hot flash heats up the skin by 1.5° F in just 30 seconds. "Nothing else does that," says Polacek, who has a PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology, background in cardiovascular research, and business training from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Polacek founded Life Quality Technologies in August 2006 that focuses on a new way to beat the heat of a hot flash. She...

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