Council hands out Tech 50 Awards

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Winners shared the spotlight with nominees during Pittsburgh Technology Council's 16th annual Tech 50 Awards Thursday. Held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, the event featured a Showcase of Innovation where nominees got the chance to show off their latest products and initiatives before the awards gala.

Additionally, the council recognized its own 30th anniversary with an overview of the city's progress in the tech industry over the decades.

Calgon Carbon Corp., a Robinson-based environmental treatment systems company, beat out three rivals to become Advanced Manufacturer of the Year.

New Castle-based water treatment company Epiphany Solar Water Systems LLC beat 11 other companies to win designation as Innovator of the Year.

Life Sciences Company of the Year went to ERT, a medical research company formerly known as Invivodata, with offices in Station Square.

Cranberry-based commercial app and software company TrueFit was named New Media company of the Year.

Downtown-based IT consulting company Summa Technologies was named Solution Provider of the Year.

The Startup of the Year award went to Branding Brand, a South Side-based mobile commerce vendor, while the Tech Titan of the Year award went to Southpointe-based simulation technology company, Ansys.

Scott Pearson, CEO of Lawrenceville-based ion battery and energy storage company Aquion Energy won the honor of CEO of the Year.

Nominees were chosen on the basis of growth and advancement in product or sales success, financial strength, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention and innovative product or technology. Scores were tallied by the Pittsburgh office of Alpern Rosenthal. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was one of several sponsors for the event.


Deborah M. Todd: or 412-263-1652.


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