Center ice was center stage at The Consol Energy Center for The 15th Annual 2011 Tech 50 Awards Tuesday night, a high-tech evening befitting the hottest technology companies in the region.
A record number of attendees sat in the arena and were regaled by high-definition footage on the big screen of the stories behind the region's cutting-edge innovators who are embarking on "A New World," which was the theme for the evening.
"These are companies that are innovating, taking risks, sticking their necks out on the line every single day, allowing the region to grow, increasing the GDP and competing with other nations," said Audrey Russo, president and CEO in her opening remarks.
Without further ado, the 2011 Tech Winners…
Innovator of the year went to Dynamics
Inc, the successful startup founded by Jeff Mullen, a Tepper grad who created the world's first programmable credit card. The category finalists were Allpoint Systems, BodyMedia, Bossa Nova Robotics, Ex One, ModCloth, Omnyx, Thorley Industries dba 4Moms and Voci Technologies.
, the company that recently put its surgical tissue glue adhesive on the German market, was named Life Sciences Company of the Year, one of the larger categories. The Life Science company finalists were CardiacAssist, Complexa, Foundation Radiology Group, invivodata, McKesson Automation, Net Health Systems and Precision Therapeutics.
Cohera's CEO Patrick Daly got a call back later in the evening as CEO of the Year. The CEO finalists included Jeff Kendall of Liberty Tire Recycling; Justin McElhattan, Industrial Scientific Corporation; and Chris Robins of BodyMedia.
Tech Titan of the Year went to TeleTracking Technologies
, a firm on the forefront of tracking patient flow information for hospitals. The finalists were Ansaldo STS USA, ANSYS, Concurrent Technologies Corp. and FedEx Ground.
Recent newsmaker Acquion Energy
, maker of a very promising environmentally-friendly battery, won as the Startup of the Year, a new category this year, beating another large pool of frontrunners: Carmell Therapeutics, C-leveled, Deeplocal, Evil Genius Designs, Intimate Bridge to Conception, Metis Secure Solutions, SnapRetail, Songwhale, Thermal Therapeutics Systems and Wombat Security Technologies.
Technology Accelerator of the Year went to AEC Group
, a fast-growing firm that supports businesses by determining custom technology solutions. Finalists were Data Science Automation, SDLC Partners, Sierra w/o Wires and Summa Technologies
IT Company of the year went to Vivisimo
, the information optimization specialists in Squirrel Hill. The category finalists were Confluence, Eyeflow and M*Modal.
Advanced Manufacturing Company of the Year, which highlights companies that use a high-degree of automated and computer, robotics and IT systems processes, was gas detection experts, Industrial Scientific Corporation.
The finalists were Kennametal, RE2 and US Liner Company.
Source: The Pittsburgh Technology Council