Spotlight Shines on Science and Technology as Winners are Announced at Arizona Technology Council's 2013 Governor's Celebration

Spotlight Shines on Science and Technology as Winners are Announced at Arizona
        Technology Council's 2013 Governor's Celebration of Innovation

Insight Enterprises co-founders Eric Crown and Tim Crown receive OneNeck IT
Services' Lifetime Achievement Award alongside individual, company, education
and legislative award winners

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Nov. 15, 2013

PHOENIX, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Shining a spotlight on how innovations
in science and technology are created and applied to build a sustainable
economy for Arizona's future, the Arizona Technology Council in conjunction
with the Arizona Commerce Authority, announced the winners of the 2013
Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards presented by Avnet, Inc.
This prestigious annual gala and awards ceremony was held at the Phoenix
Convention Center.


"As we begin to see improvements in the economy, innovation is more important
than ever," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona
Technology Council. "It is essential that we celebrate the creative spirit of
Arizona by recognizing and honoring the state's most innovative thinkers. We
congratulate all the winners and extend our thanks for their part in advancing
Arizona as a top-tier technology state."

The winners and finalists were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee
of experts independent of the Council. Committee members included:

  oHunter Bennett, OneNeck IT Services
  oJames Goulka, Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF)
  oDr. Mani Janakiram, Intel Corporation
  oBill Loux, Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE)
  oMary O'Reilly, PhD, CEM, Science Foundation Arizona
  oBob Rasmussen, Honeywell Aerospace

The winners in their respective categories are:

Company Award Winners:

  oInnovator of the Year - Start-Up Company: Yolia Health, Phoenix, Arizona
    Yolia Health is a bio-medical device company recognized for its True
    Vision Treatment (TVT) a non-invasive and fully reversible procedure for
    treating presbyopia and low refractive vision problems like myopia. TVT is
    self-administered by the patient in his or her own home. It employs a
    combination of personalized gas-permeable contact lenses and specially
    formulated enzymatic eye drops which, when used together, safely modifies
    the sphericity of the patient's cornea leading to superior vision.
  oInnovator of the Year - Small Company: Strongwatch Corporation, Tucson,
    With an initial focus on the tactical mobile surveillance and continuous
    autonomous surveillance segments of the video surveillance market,
    Strongwatch was recognized for its integrated products utilizing a common
    architecture that share several patented or patent pending technologies.
    The two key products are Freedom On-The-Move (FOTM) and Freedom 360
    (F360), used by state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies along
    with federal law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.
  oInnovator of the Year - Large Company: Lumension, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Lumension® was recognized for its Endpoint Management and Security Suite ─
    a comprehensive platform that takes a proactive approach to endpoint
    security. It includes patch management, anti-virus, configuration
    management, power management, application control, device control and
    asset management. As a result, multiple layers of security are in place
    and the security management lifecycle is simplified.
  oInnovator of the Year – Academia: McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship -
    University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
    The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship's successful track record in
    educating students in effective entrepreneurial practice earned this
    program the GCOI award in the Academia category. Students learn and
    experience the entrepreneurial process from start to finish as it is one
    of the only programs in which students create, validate, and implement new
    ventures. In addition to its innovative curriculum, the Center's
    cutting-edge research also sets it apart from other programs and has a
    lasting impact on entrepreneurial education.

"It's an honor to congratulate this year's winners and to celebrate their
ongoing corporate excellence," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona
Commerce Authority. "More than ever, companies are expanding to Arizona
because of our concentration of high-tech talent and portfolio of successful
technology companies. The hard work of these individuals, and the companies
they represent, continues to position our state as a leader in technology and

Previously announced winners that were also honored at the event include:

Individual Award Winners:

  oOneNeck IT Services People's Choice Lifetime Achievement Award: Insight
    Enterprises Co-founders Eric Crown and Tim Crown
  oWilliam F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year: The Thomas R.
    Brown Foundations
  oEd Denison Business Leader of the Year: Clark Peterson, CEO, Telesphere

The "Future Innovators" and "Teacher of the Year" award winners were evaluated
and chosen by a selection committee independent of the Council including
members of the Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
(ACESA). ACESA supports, promotes and coordinates programs and activities of
the engineering and science associations within the state of Arizona through
facilitated communication and leadership.

Teacher of the Year Award Winner:

  oMichael J. McKelvy, Basha High School, Chandler, Arizona

Teacher of the Year Award Honorable Mentions:

  oChristopher C. Brandt, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, Arizona
  oAndrew Lettes, Ph. D., Pueblo Magnet High School, Tucson, Arizona

Future Innovators of the Year Award Winners:

  oManav Sevak and Tejas Dharmaraj, Chandler High School, Chandler, Arizona
    for team project: "Indicting Alzheimer's: Novel Methods of Preventing
    Glial Scarring"
  oAnvita Gupta and Sejal Aggarwal, BASIS High School, Scottsdale, Arizona
    for team project: "Pancreatic Adenocaarcinoma"
  oEric Epstein, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, Arizona for project:
    "Olfactory discrimination between regular and deuterated compounds in
    European honeybees"
  oShelby Yuan, University High School, Tucson, Arizona for project:
    "Preparation of Magnetic Nanovesicles for Biomedical Applications"

Future Innovators of the Year Award Honorable Mentions:

  oKelsey Barter, University High School, Tucson, Arizona for project:
    "Targeting Survivin as a Potential Cancer Therapeutic"
  oSoumya Kambhampati and Thomas Liu, McClintock High School, Tempe, Arizona
    for team project: "Social Network Analysis of SAT Phase Transition"

Tech Ten Legislators:
The Tech Ten awards were given in recognition of Arizona state legislators who
have demonstrated outstanding support for promoting and advancing Arizona as a
top-tier technology state. Separate awards for "Senator of the Year" and
"Representative of the Year" were also presented:

Outstanding Tech Senator of the Year Award Winner:

  oSenator Bob Worsley

Outstanding Tech Representative of the Year Award Winner:

  oSpeaker of the House Andy Tobin

The winning Tech Ten legislators are:
Arizona State Senate: Senator John McComish; Senator Don Shooter and Senator
Steve Farley.

Arizona House of Representatives: Representative Chad Campbell; Representative
Ruben Gallego; Representative Bruce Wheeler; Representative Heather Carter,
Representative Jeff Dial; Representative Tom Forese and Representative Thomas
"TJ" Shope.

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for
science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional
business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of
technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social
action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational
forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers,
employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These
interactions contribute to the Council's culture of growing member businesses
and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more
about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit

About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic
development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen
Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the
overall economy: recruit, grow, create –recruitout-of-state companies to
expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies togrowtheir
business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies
large and small to createnew jobs and businesses in targeted industries.
VisitAzCommerce.comfor more.

For more information please contact:
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(480) 229 -7090                      (602) 343-8324 x101

SOURCE Arizona Technology Council

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