These Are The 397 Most Inspiring, Innovative Designs of 2018

Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards celebrate trailblazing design in business. This year, our expert judges selected standouts from more than 2,800 submissions across 16 categories.

That includes our first-ever Design Company of the Year Award, recognizing high-quality, ambitious design work throughout an organization. All the honorees share one thing: a commitment to solving problems, no matter how big or small, as simply and as beautifully as possible. See the 17 winners below, which represent the best of the best, and click the categories to see all 397 honorees. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

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Philly-based Lia’s home pregnancy test scores big wins at FDA and in Berlin

Written by  Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer, Philly News Network

What a week for Lia Diagnostics, the Philly-based start-up behind the first flushable, biodegradable home pregnancy test.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration blessed the Lia test with 510(k) class 2 clearance, approving it for over-the-counter sales.

Just hours later, lead developers won first place at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, beating out 15 other companies in a Startup Battlefield pitch competition and claiming a check for 42,000 euros – close to $50,000.

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