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Pittsburgh Technology Council Announces Technology 50

Twelfth Annual Tech 50 Honors Region's Leading Tech Companies, CEO of the


PITTSBURGH, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced last night the region's 50 leading technology-oriented companies in eight distinct categories within the 13-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania for 2008. The Council's 12th annual Tech 50 awards presentation was held at the Carnegie Music Hall in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. To be considered for the 2008 Tech 50, a company must be headquartered in the southwestern Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Westmoreland or Washington.

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Each year, the Council canvasses the region for the most distinguished public and private technology-oriented companies, and the Tech 50 awards event honors those companies that demonstrated the strongest growth and advancement in product or sales success, financial strength, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention and innovative product or technology. All applicants are subjected to scoring by the Pittsburgh office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A complete listing of this year's Tech 50 follows within specific category descriptions. Category leaders are listed at the top of each category.

Advanced Manufacturing

The advanced manufacturing cluster typically encompasses industries that are largely automated and that use a high degree of process controls, such as computer-numerical controllers, robotics, advanced IT systems and other automated processes.

Category finalists include:

Respironics, Inc. (category winner)

All Water Systems, Inc.

CardiacAssist, Inc.

Data Science Automation, Inc.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc.

Omni Prepaid Group, LLC/Gift LLC

The Proud Company

Tollgrade Communications, Inc.

Information Technology

Companies in this category design and/or produce computer peripheral equipment, printed circuit boards, semiconductors and related hardware. Companies also are engaged in software development, computer programming, Internet and telecommunications products or services.

Category finalists include:

BitArmor (category winner)

Apangea Learning, Inc.

Carnegie Learning, Inc.


InterTECH Security Group, LLC

Motionplan, Inc.

Tower Care Technologies, Inc.

Vivisimo, Inc.

Life Sciences

Companies in this category deliver products or services that include medical instruments, devices and pharmaceuticals. Companies also are engaged in health services, bioresearch, agricultural products and services and the environmental life sciences. Companies that develop software oriented toward the delivery of medical procedures or diagnoses also fall under this category.

Category finalists include:

RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc. (category winner)

Celtic Healthcare, Inc.

invivodata, inc.

MED3000 Inc.

medSage Technologies, LLC

Net Health Systems, Inc.

ReGear Life Sciences, Inc.

Starr Life Sciences Corp.

Green Tech (new category for 2008)

Companies in this category ensure a cleaner tomorrow powered with diverse, technologically advanced and efficient sources of energy. This category also includes companies that produce goods or offer services that enable their customers to reduce their impact on the environment.

Category finalists include:

BPL Global (category winner)

CNX Gas Corporation

CONSOL Energy Inc.

Plextronics, Inc.

Print Net, Inc.

Rising Star

Entrepreneurial companies in this category include firms whose products or services offer unique or promising technologies and which are poised for future strong growth. Companies in this category must have been incorporated within the last three years.

Category finalists include:

Cohera Medical Inc. (category winner)

Bright Innovation

ClearCount Medical Solutions

e-STAFF Consulting Group, Inc.

Etcetera Edutainment

MobileFusion, Inc.

Thorley Industries, LLC

Virtus Advanced Sensors

High Rise (new category for 2008)

The new Tech 50 High Rise category includes companies that have demonstrated long periods of sustained growth and whose names are venerable brands within the region, the country or the world. These companies are the stalwarts of the technology community in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Category finalists include:

MEDRAD, Inc. (category winner)



Eaton Corporation

McKesson Automation Inc.


Service Provider

Companies in this category provide operational or infrastructure products or services that enable client technology companies to succeed in their market niche.

Category finalists include:

Newton Consulting (category winner)

FTI Consulting

Ideal Integrations


Information Systems Services, Inc.



CEO of the Year

The CEO of any company within any of the Tech 50 entry categories is eligible for this award.

Finalists for CEO of the Year include:

Gregory S. Babe, Bayer MaterialScience LLC (CEO of the Year)

James E. Cashman III, ANSYS, Inc.

Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, Compunetics, Inc./Compunetix, Inc./Chorus Call,


D. Raja, Computer Enterprises Inc.

David A. Souerwine, McKesson Automation Inc.

This year's Tech 50 featured speaker was Regis McKenna, who according to the San Jose Mercury News is one of the 100 people who made Silicon Valley what it is today. McKenna has written and lectured extensively on the social and market effects of technological change advancing innovations in marketing theories and practices. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McKenna worked with a number of entrepreneurial start-ups during their formation years including: America Online, Apple, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intel, Lotus, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics, 3COM and many others. McKenna helped launch some of the most important technological innovations of the last 30 years including the first microprocessor, the first personal computer and the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product. McKenna has written five books on technology business strategies and marketing, and he has appeared on "NightLine," "The Jim Lehrer Report," and "The Today Show."

The event partner for this year's Tech 50 was Morgan Lewis. Event sponsors included Catalyst Connection, Highmark, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, PNC and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is the first and one of the largest regional technology trade associations in the United States with nearly 1,400 member companies within its geographic territory of 13 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Its mission is to contribute to the success of the region's technology businesses.

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