OCTANe Announces 2019 High Tech Award Winners
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
OCTANe, Orange County’s technology and life sciences accelerator organization, presented its 2019 High Tech Awards at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on Sept. 12.
The 26th annual awards program honored Orange County-based companies that have demonstrated exceptional leadership while developing new technological advancements in their respective industries.
This year’s awardees are:
- Outstanding Large Technology Company: Edwards Lifesciences
- Outstanding Emerging Technology Company: Syntiant
- Best Small Technology Company CEO: Ike Kavas, Ephesoft
- Best Technology Innovation in Software: Titan HST
- Outstanding Innovation in Medical Technology & Lifesciences: Sonendo
- Best Large Technology Company CEO: Jeff Margolis, Welltok
- Best Technology Innovation in a Consumer Product: OPKIX
- Outstanding Small Technology Company: AWM Smart Shelf
- Deal of the Year: Bonti
Christine Z. McCauley, corporate vice president of human resources at Edwards Lifesciences, accepted the Outstanding Large Technology Company award on behalf of the company.
Three additional high-profile awards were given out this year. The first recognizing vision, leadership and the ability to disrupt the status quo was presented to FivePoint Chairman and CEO, Emile Haddad, for his ongoing support of the Orange County ecosystem. Haddad serves on OCTANe’s board of directors and is a member of the organization’s executive committee. The UCI Samueli School of Engineering 2019 Innovator of the Year was awarded to Andrei Shkel, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. At UCI since 2000, Shkel has established and run a highly innovative research program in his state-of-the-art microsystems laboratory, which provides rigorous multidisciplinary academic training in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems. Lastly, Venture Partners of the Year recognized two individuals who have managed separate venture capital funds, created strong performance records and have brought a heightened awareness to Orange County. Bruce Hallett serves as the managing partner of Miramar Digital Ventures, a fund dedicated to seed and early stage data tech companies. Jeff Weinhuff is the managing partner of Visionary Ventures, a fund focused on ophthalmology and medical aesthetics.
During the event, Bill Carpou, CEO of OCTANe, announced a strategic partnership with FivePoint that will enable further growth and acceleration for ideas, innovation, capital, and the creation of high-paying jobs.
OCTANe and Edward Lifesciences are Greater Irvine Chamber’s Leaders Circle sponsors.
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