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TechAmerica names finalists for local innovation awards

Winning companies and individuals will be announced at June event.

By Larry UrishPublished: April 21, 2010

The Orange County chapter of TechAmerica, which promotes the work of companies throughout the U.S. in the technology business sector, on Tuesday announced the finalists of its 17th annual High-Tech Innovation Awards, which honors the achievements of local companies, products and individuals. The winners will be announced at the event, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, on Wednesday, June 2.

The award categories include:
• Outstanding CEO
• Outstanding Company in Medical Technology
• Outstanding Technology Company
• Harvey Mudd College Green Engineering Award
• Innovative Product/Technology
• Hardware
• Medical Devices
• Internet E-Commerce
• Semiconductors
• Software
• Telecommunications

Among this year's finalists: Irvine-based Local.com CEO Heath Clarke and Irvine-based WebVisible CEO Kirsten Mangers are up for outstanding CEO; Aliso Viejo-based Clarient is up for Outstanding Company in Medical Technology; Fountain Valley's D-Link is among the finalists for Outstanding Technology Company; and Costa Mesa-based T3 Motion's electric standup vehicle could garner an honor in the hardware category.

"(Orange County) boasts many noteworthy individuals, companies and products that help advance the business of technology, not only in Orange County but also throughout the world," says Bob Brunson, associate director of TechAmerica Orange County. "We had almost 100 nominations this year, a record number for the program, and congratulate the newly named finalists on their achievements."

In partnership with Irvine-based Project Tomorrow and Costa Mesa-based Emulex, TechAmerica will also honor teachers and students who incorporate technology in their work.

Bruce Hallett, managing director of Miramar Venture Partners, will receive of the Greg Ross Community Service Award, which is presented each year to a member of the Orange County tech community who has been dedicated to assisting and counseling entrepreneurs.

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