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Tech 50 Award Winners Announced!

The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced the region’s 50 leading technology-oriented companies in eight distinct categories within the 13-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania for 2011. The Council’s 15th annual Tech 50 awards presentation was held at the CONSOL Energy Center, downtown Pittsburgh. To be considered for the 2011 Tech 50, a company must have been headquartered in the southwestern Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Westmoreland or Washington.

Each year, the Council canvasses the region for the most distinguished public and private technology-oriented companies, and the Tech 50 awards event honors those companies that demonstrated the strongest growth and advancement in product or sales success, financial strength, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention and innovative product or technology. All applicants are subjected to scoring by the Pittsburgh office of Alpern Rosenthal.

Listen to a couple of quick interviews with Cohera’s Patrick Daly, who won CEO of the Year and Life Sciences Company of the Year, and Kent McElhattan of Industrial Scientific, who took home Advanced Manufacturer of the Year. Listen here!

Innovator of the Year: Dynamics Inc.

Dynamics produces next-generation payment cards that utilize programmable magnetic stripes to communicate dynamic information to the 60 million 1970s-era magnetic stripe readers used in our everyday payment card transactions. Dynamics differentiates itself from other advanced card manufacturers in that its products are true consumer electronics devices, as recognized with the Best In Show prize for Personal Electronics at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

Life Sciences Company of the Year: Cohera Medical

Cohera Medical is a medical device company that is developing a revolutionary line of surgical adhesives and sealants. Cohera’s surgical adhesives can be formulated for use in a wide variety of surgical applications, including plastic surgery, general surgery, and orthopedic surgery. Its TissuGlu product meets surgeons’ needs for a strong, safe, and easy-to-use tissue glue. Lab studies have demonstrated that the bond created with TissuGlu is as strong after one hour as a normal wound is after a week of healing.

Tech Titan of the Year: TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.

TeleTracking Technologies is the market leader of patient flow automation solutions and services to the hospital market. TeleTracking has applied proven principles of logistics management to hospitals and health systems to help them enhance patient care, improve financial performance, and gain competitive advantage. TeleTracking and its more than 850 clients have formed an alliance of shared knowledge and mutual trust dedicated to the ongoing improvement of patient care.

CEO of the Year: Patrick Daly – Cohera Medical, Inc.

With more than 15 years of medical device experience, Daly articulated a vision that Cohera Medical would create and develop innovative surgical adhesives that transform patient care. He focused the company on building the infrastructure for long-term growth, building investor confidence and opening the door to recruitment of top talent. He inspires all those associated with the company to excel by his own example of hard work and enthusiasm.

Technology Accelerator of the Year: AEC Group, Inc.

AEC Group is an end-to-end technology solutions provider with core competencies centered around access, infrastructure, virtualization and communication. AEC assists organizations by harmoniously matching their long-term business objectives with today’s current technology solutions. By building a business model around a variety of verticals across the western Pennsylvania region, AEC truly understands the landscape and the value of local customer relationships.

Advanced Manufacturer of the Year: Industrial Scientific Corporation

Industrial Scientific is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and sales of portable gas detection instrumentation. This designation has been achieved by executing innovative approaches to its corporate strategy, its customers and the markets it serves, and its overall operational philosophy. Each Industrial Scientific employee lives this vision every day and is in turn provided with both personal and professional opportunities as a result of their dedication and hard work.

Information Technology Company of the Year: Vivisimo, Inc.

Vivisimo is the leader in information optimization. Vivisimo’s solutions help end-users find all available information, regardless of source, location, or type. As more information is downloaded by employees in the course of their jobs, data begins to control how an organization operates and performs. Vivisimo’s Velocity platform solves this challenge, which represents a $1.4 trillion problem of lost productivity in the workplace.

Start-Up of the Year: Aquion Energy

Aquion Energy is producing a revolutionary battery based on novel ambient-temperature sodium-ion technology. The Aquion solution offers an advantaged value proposition in nearly all stationary storage use cases. The centerpiece of the technology is an innovative hybrid energy storage chemistry that combines a high-capacity carbon anode with a sodium intercalation cathode capable of thousands of complete discharge cycles over extended periods of time.

Vivisimo Selected as #1 Private Firm in Enterprise Search Space, According to Leading Market Research Firm


Vivisimo, the leader in Information Optimization, announced it received the highest ranking in Ovum’s 2010 Decision Matrix for Enterprise Search and Retrieval (ESR) for a private firm. The report evaluated twelve vendors including Autonomy, Endeca, Exalead, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. According to the Ovum report, Vivisimo’s Velocity platform is one of the most technologically advanced systems of the group, which is what catapulted the company to the head of the report’s “Consider” group.

“Ovum’s classification of Vivisimo in its 2010 report is a true reflection of the considerable mindshare and marketshare the company has received as a result of solving core business and operational challenges with our Information Optimization platform for government and commercial organizations,” said John Kealey, CEO of Vivisimo. “One of the most gratifying aspects of the report was how close Vivisimo came to market behemoth and publicly traded Autonomy. For a private firm of our size, its remarkable how much positive change we are creating in the industry as a result of our Information Optimization platform.”

Vivisimo’s classification in the Ovum report underscores one of the company’s most successful years ever. The company has nearly doubled its clientele, with strong penetration in markets such as manufacturing, healthcare, civilian government and defense. Earlier this year Vivisimo secured one of the largest deals in its history, a record $5 million dollar deal with one of the most respected brands in the world. Blending people, processes and technology into its Information Optimization (IO) platform, Vivisimo’s IO has turned into an industry trend as a result of widespread adoption by more than 120 government agencies, Fortune 500 firms and other industry juggernauts that need more than just traditional enterprise search and Business Intelligence functionality to transform their information into quantifiable business value.

Vivisimo’s Information Optimization Platform Velocity Recipient of KMWorld’s 2010 Trend-Setting Product Award

Vivisimo, a leader in information optimization, recently announced that the exponentially growing pool of employee-generated data is estimated to be costing U.S. businesses $1.5 trillion in lost worker productivity as a result of people spending additional time looking for the information they need to do their job both within and outside their organizations. According to analyst firm IDC, every week employees spend nearly half their work week (or 20 hours) trying to find the right information. 75% of employees complain about information overload and 45% are reportedly overwhelmed by all the information. Moreover, IDC predicts that the amount of information will continue to grow exponentially, upwards to 65% every year1. As a recipient of KMWorld’s 2010 Trend-Setting Product Award, Vivisimo’s Velocity platform has been tasked with the responsibility to not only help reduce millions of dollars in lost-worker productivity but better enable those organizations to use that information to increase sales.

To reduce the trillions of dollars in lost worker productivity, a recent Thompson Reuters study, “Intelligence, Intuition & Information,” explains that “the key is to build information systems around the ‘Hierarchy of Information Need (HIN)’ in order to help optimize unlocked data, enable information connectivity, and contextualize intelligence.” According to the paper, trusted, connected, and contextualized data are the most basic Hierarchy of Information Needs. To learn more about this study, please visit the following blog penned by Vivisimo’s Director of Product Management, Stacy Monarko.

 “With the onset of new digital technologies like Web 2.0, Wikis and networking profiles, the capability to quickly and accurately find the most contextually relevant information has become increasingly difficult for many companies,” remarked Tracey Mustacchio, Vice President of Marketing for Vivisimo. “The amount of content that employees are producing, reviewing and searching for is going unchecked, which in turn is causing both a financial and operational misstep within organizations. Vivisimo helps counter the explosion of data by harnessing its Velocity platform to optimize that data and deliver the contextually-relevant information that employees need within a matter of seconds.”

Vivisimo’s Velocity Receives Industry Accolade

This year marks Vivisimo’s 6th consecutive recognition as a KM World Trend-Setting Product of the Year. KMWorld’s panel of judges, which consisted of editorial colleagues, analysts, system integrators, vendors, line-of-business managers and users, evaluated more than 600 products for this year’s Trend-Setting Products Award. Vivisimo’s Velocity platform was awarded for its pioneering ability to socialize and contextualize the data retrieval process. Vivisimo effectively scans and processes the right information, for the right person, at the right time.

“As one of the consecutive winners of KMWorld’s 2010 Trend-Setting Product of the Year, Vivisimo continually demonstrates that it’s Velocity platform is optimizing the copious amounts of knowledge and information that both employees on the backend and customers on the front end are looking for,” said Hugh McKellar, Editor-in-Chief, KMWorld. “We congratulate Vivisimo on its efforts to push the envelope within enterprise search market by witnessing how its commercial and government clients are tailoring its information optimization technology to handle an ever-changing world of content.”

About KMWorld

KMWorld ( is the leading information provider serving the Knowledge Management systems market and covers the latest in Content, Document and Knowledge Management, informing more than 50,000 subscribers about the components and processes – and subsequent success stories – that together offer solutions for improving business performance.  KMWorld is a publishing unit of Information Today, Inc. (

About Vivisimo, Inc.

Vivisimo provides enterprises with information optimization solutions that help maximize the business value of information.  Unlike traditional information management products, Vivisimo’s innovative solutions help end-users find and take advantage of all appropriate and available information, regardless of source, location or type. Vivisimo’s innovative technology is delivered with a focus on end-user satisfaction and application control through easy-to-use interfaces, flexible security management and a modern architecture that enables quick deployment. Vivisimo products are available as standalone information optimization applications or as OEM versions embedded within partner applications and solutions. Vivisimo serves its clients from headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA, and through partners around the world. Visit for more information.

Sweet Photo Essay: “A Day in the Life of Pittsburgh’s Tech Scene”

The Pittsburgh Technology Council compiled a snappy photo essay depicting scenes about and around our growing tech scene. See behind the doors of Vivisimo, Songwhale, MAYA Design and more. The Council’s intern Ana Veronica Lopez manned the camera taking these dynamic shots. Check it out.