NJTC Celebrates the 'Power of Technology' in NJ

2009 Gala Awards Honor Region's Top Innovators

Nov 23, 2009, 12:38 ET from New Jersey Technology Council

SOMERSET, N.J., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Technology Council celebrated the power of technology, networking and membership at the 2009 NJTC Gala Awards last week at The Palace at Somerset Park. The technology organization awarded "Best of the Year" trophies to companies and individuals who, according to NJTC President and CEO Maxine Ballen, are the "backbone of New Jersey's economy."

Pepco Energy Services, Inc. won the top prize of the evening, the "Master Technology Award." John Huffman, president and CEO of the company, was delighted to have accepted the award at the Gala event. "Through our energy-efficiency and renewable projects, we have employed many cutting-edge technologies and are excited about the prospect of using even more innovative applications in the year ahead," he said.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc., Pepco Energy Services is one of the largest suppliers of competitive retail electricity in the United States and a leading provider of comprehensive energy management solutions to commercial, institutional, industrial, education, hospitality and government clients. The company designed and developed multiple solar, landfill gas and geothermal plant installations in the Mid-Atlantic States and is experienced in maintaining and operating these plants, as well.

Private Company of the Year was EKR Therapeutics and Public Company of the Year was Virgin Mobile. For the second year in a row, the NJTC recognized "Companies to Watch." Representatives from winning companies 3D Biotek, Agilence, Gotham Analytics and iSpeech proudly accepted plaques. Bookswim was also a winner in this category.

The NJTC is the region's premier trade organization dedicated to supporting the technology sectors of New Jersey with networking, financing and educational events. Visit www.njtc.org for more information and photos of the spectacular 2009 NJTC Gala Awards.

This annual Gala event recognizes the "Best in Technology" companies as well as educational and technology support leaders and has often been called the "Academy Awards" for New Jersey's technology community. The gala honors companies and individuals in many categories -- including a "suspense" award for Growth Company of the Year which went to DataPipe.

More than 550 of the "who's who" of the region's technology community attended the black-tie gala. In addition to recognizing the outstanding winning companies in myriad technology sectors including software, life sciences, communications, electronics, the NJTC honored DeVry University as a technology educational leader and Kathleen Coviello with the John H. Martinson Technology Supporter of the Year.

"This is my favorite event of the entire year because we are able to celebrate not only New Jersey's best and brightest technology stars but we also take a moment to recognize the wondrous innovations that have been discovered right here in our own backyard," said Ballen. "And, this year, we also celebrated the power of working together and supporting each other as a community. That's not only a testament to the amazing innovative spirit of our technology sectors but to the NJTC's success as a go-to support organization for its members."

The NJTC Gala Awards is held annually to publicly recognize and celebrate some of New Jersey's most successful companies. The event is hosted by the NJTC with support from several key sponsors.

Complete List of 2009 NJTC Gala Award Winners:

Master Technology Company of the Year:

Pepco Energy Services, Mays Landing

Private Company of the Year:

EKR Therapeutics, Bedminster

Public Company of the Year:

Virgin Mobile USA, Warren

Growth Company of the Year:

DataPipe, Jersey City

Software/Information Technology Company of the Year:

Redvision, Inc., Parsippany

Clean/Green Company of the Year:

Petra Solar, Inc., South Plainfield

Life Science Company of the Year:

PTC Therapeutics, Inc., South Plainfield

Electronics/Advanced Materials Company of the Year:

Hycrete, Inc., Lyndhurst

John H. Martinson Technology Supporter Award:

Kathleen Coviello, NJ Economic Development Authority, Trenton

Excellence in Technology Education Award:

DeVry University, North Brunswick

"Companies to Watch:" 3D Biotek, LLC, North Brunswick; Agilence, Inc., Camden; BookSwim Corporation, Newark; Gotham Analytics, Lyndhurst; and iSpeech, Newark.

About The NJTC

The New Jersey Technology Council provides business support, networking opportunities, information, advocacy and recognition of technology companies and their leaders. Founded in 1996, the NJTC's more than 1,100 member companies work together to support their own enterprises while advancing New Jersey's status as a leading technology center in the United States. For more information on the NJTC, visit http://www.njtc.org.

SOURCE New Jersey Technology Council