Pittsburgh Technology Council Member Profiles

With more than 1,300 members, the membership of the Pittsburgh Technology Council spans an array of innovation-driven industries. A cross section of the PTC’s membership is below. Read each companies description and then click on their links to learn more about their technologies and products.

Accipiter Systems, Inc., is a leading developer of innovative networking solutions delivering products that reduce recurring expenses by facilitating infrastructure consolidation and reduce non-recurring capital expenditures by extending the useful life of installed server equipment.  Accipiter’s focus is on delivering specialized network interface cards that not only provide a significant increase in bandwidth, but also interoperate with existing infrastructure, reduce server loading and enable more efficient server deployment and utilization in corporate networks in order to reduce overall network operating expenses.

Brainstage Research provides a robust, state-of-the-art in silico solution for drug discovery and development. Brainstage is developing and will market a software system based upon a proprietary use of the Semantic Web and aimed directly at the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.  This new technology will help accelerate biomedical research and the drug discovery process through integrated, analytical and interactive search, data synthesis, and computer simulation technologies.

Cybergenetics, the world leader in computer automated STR data analysis. Cybergenetics provides the unique TrueAllele®interpretation technology and related services to laboratories for forensic crime scene and reference DNA, as well as mass disaster victim remains.

ElectroMechanical Engineering Associates, Inc. (EME), was founded in 1982 as a corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It has grown to more than 30 consultant-level engineers, each with university degrees and more than 30 years of experience. The consultants are supported by engineers, technicians, and drafters as each project may require.

Frontline Systems, Inc., is a software development and services company that specializes in designing, implementing, and managing database applications for small- to mid-sized companies. Frontline delivers integrated solutions serving departmental, company-wide, and/or global users (via the Internet) in Microsoft Windows operating systems, and in Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server database platforms.

Hybrid Learning Systems began in 2003 when Kris Rockwell left his position as the manager of the flight training eLearning development group at a major international airline. The concept was a simple one; open a small, agile development house to expand on the eLearning ideas garnered from the experience in the airline industry in order to develop innovative learning solutions that bridged traditional learning principles and modern technologies.

Precision Therapeutics, Inc.,  is an individualized medicine company providing patient and tumor-specific information through a test predicting patient response to chemotherapy. Because of the explosion in pharmaceutical innovation in the oncology market (more than 400 cancer drugs in human trials) the oncologist is faced with a broad array of treatments and no means to decide the most effective option for an individual patient. Precision clinical data to date suggests a three-fold improvement in progression-free survival when a physician uses PTI information.

Safaba Translation Solutions LLC provides automated language translation and localization solutions to the world’s leading global enterprises. With its unique approach to Machine Translation (MT), Safaba helps its clients enhance their global customers’ experience and boost local and global brand value. This is accomplished by transforming the growing volumes of corporate content at the velocity dictated by global markets while maintaining message integrity and value.

TEKsystems is a leading provider of IT services and the recognized leader in Information Technology and Communication staffing. It offers a full line of comprehensive IT services, from consulting to technology deployment service and custom application development. It helps businesses design, install, deploy and run their IT, communications and network systems by providing services and the best IT consultants available.

Vertical Solutions is a full service IT and Business Solutions consulting firm, specializing in Managed Network Services, Outsourced HelpDesk, Backup/Disaster Recover Solutions, Local/Wide Area Network Solutions, and leading ERP applications, including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Sage PFW and MAS 500.

Zero Fossil is dedicated to the development and implementation of sustainable practices. It designs and manufactures power systems that utilize the abundant clean energy around us – sun, wind, water, and even human power. From manufacturing to delivery, it uses fossil free energy solutions to power all our work. It offers a wide range of products and services that have been used to power chicken coops, national historic landmarks, festivals and concerts.


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Meet the Members of the Pittsburgh Technology Council

The Pittsburgh Technology Council has more than 1,350 member companies, all based in SWPA. We’ve got some of the most innovative tech ventures here in our backyard. We thought it would be most excellent to put a small spotlight on a handful of our members each and every week, so you can see the great diversity and talent that we have out there.  We encourage you to learn more about these technology companies:

LANtek Computer Service – LANtek is a Pittsburgh-based company, providing technical service, project management and staffing resources to the tri-state area since 1988. Over the years, LANtek has provided some of Pittsburgh’s largest corporations with technical resources to address their needs for the right resource at the right time. We have provided these resources for long and short term projects, locally and across the country.

MCPc – MCPc is a leading supplier and integrator of technology products and solutions. We make doing business easier by reducing the complexity associated with technology selection, purchasing and deployment to help customers maximize their IT investments. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, MCPc operates from 20+ locations, representing more than 300,000 products.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory – The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. The only U.S. national laboratory devoted to fossil energy research, NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come.

OPTIMUM Power Technology – OPTIMUM Power Technology is an innovative company that was founded with the mission of developing the world’s best simulation-based engine design tools and engine management systems. OPTIMUM’s products span engine simulation software, pressure trace analysis, engine management systems and fuel injection.

PolarSoft®, Inc. – PolarSoft®, Inc. is the world leader in software development for the international standard BACnet. Our creative team of design and development professionals exploit technology to assist companies with complex communications problems. As technology appliers and innovators, we provide services to companies who demand state-of-the-art technologies, and often custom software development.

Q-Chem, Inc. – Q-Chem, Inc. was founded in 1993 in Pittsburgh. Its mission is to develop and distribute advanced quantum chemistry software for industrial, government and academic researchers in the chemical, biological, pharmaceutical and materials sciences, among others. Our primary focus is to extend the reach of quantum chemistry methods to physical, chemical and biological problems that were previously beyond the scope of rigorous quantum studies through improving the existing algorithms and developing new methods without sacrificing accuracy.

Smith Micro Software, Inc., creates new possibilities through developing mobile applications and solutions to solve customer problems. It’s portfolio of products and services spans Connectivity Management, Communications and Content Management solutions.

TestAmerica – TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. is recognized as the leading environmental testing firm in the United States. TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source and ambient air, aquatic toxicity, bioavailability, explosives, specialty organics, speciated metals, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, emerging contaminants, radiochemistry and mixed waste testing.

With millions of square feet of window film installed across the country, U.S. Film Crew gives you the leading window film specialists and installations experts from coast to coast with the hometown attention to detail and service. We have expertise in all types of window film such as solar, security, decorative, anti-intrusion, glare reducing, UV ray reducing, private, safety, anti-graffiti, and anti-eavesdropping.

Vertical Solutions, Inc. – Vertical Solutions is a full service IT and Business Solutions Consulting Firm.  We specialize in Managed Network Services, Outsourced HelpDesk, Backup/Disaster Recover Solutions, Local/Wide Area Network Solutions, and leading ERP applications, including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Sage PFW and MAS 500.  Our backgrounds as CPA’s, MBA’s and technology specialist allow us to bring unique perspective and insight to information technology projects.

B-Three Partners with Vertical Solutions to Deliver Comprehensive Services

B-Three Solutions, Inc., announced an alliance with Vertical Solutions – an R. L. Nelson and Associates Company – to deliver comprehensive custom software development services.

B-Three Solutions, a leading provider of software requirements engineering, software design, application development, and software development staffing, is partnering with Vertical Solutions, which delivers business management software solutions and managed IT services, as well as infrastructure expertise to organizations throughout the Mid Atlantic; to provide comprehensive end-to-end product development.  This allows organizations to receive complete services during a custom software development project.

Organizations today typically require multiple solution providers to deliver infrastructure upgrades, managed IT services, and software design for a successful custom software development project.  This partnership not only eliminates the waste associated with multiple providers, it enables the client to plan and budget for the project with certainty, and make business decisions based on a definite rollout date.  Usually, every component of the project is delivered for a fixed fee, within a fixed timeframe.

“I think it has become clear that you can not be all things to all people.  Figure out what you do and be great at it,” said Bruce Nelson, CEO of Vertical Solutions.  “Once you have committed to that, you can find partners like B-Three with a similar philosophy and deliver an end-to-end solution,”

Michael Walton, President of B-Three Solutions, pointed out that Vertical’s Microsoft-certified expertise with the Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP system complements the wide range of software expertise offered by B-Three.  He emphasized that the partnership is built on a foundation of shared values and mutual confidence:  “Before we agree to work with another firm on a fixed-fee project, we have to feel certain that the other firm shares our commitment to deliver top quality IT services to the client – on time and on budget.  That’s exactly how we feel about Vertical Solutions, and that’s why we are particularly glad to partner with them.”

Vertical Solutions Acquires D.C. Area Consulting Practice

Vertical Solutions (VS), a Microsoft Gold and Sage Certified business solutions consulting company, announced that it has reached an agreement with MCA Systems, Inc., a Sage PFW consulting firm based in Phoenix, MD to acquire their Sage PFW consulting practice.

“This transaction makes tremendous sense for us and we believe the clients served by the MCA team. It delivers a clear transition for the clients and we have proven throughout our 24 year history that we have the professional and technical experience required to service these clients at the highest level.” said Bruce Nelson, President of Vertical Solutions.
About Vertical Solutions

Vertical Solutions — an R.L. Nelson and Associates, Inc. Company —  is a Pittsburgh-based corporation founded in 1986. Vertical Solutions services a diverse client base throughout the Mid Atlantic region, with clients spanning a broad range of industries, including Healthcare, Not for Profits, Law, Process Manufacturing, and Professional Services organizations.