Nova Scotia IT Companies Gain Recognition at International Technology Summit

Aug 3, 2007

Two Nova Scotia companies have been named to a prestigious international list of top IT companies at a conference in Palo Alto, Calif.
 
Coemergence and Diaphonics, both based in Halifax, are among only five Canadian firms to be named to AlwaysOn's list of Top 100 Private Companies. Past winners of the list include Google, YouTube and Skype.

Two other Nova Scotia companies, Medusa Medical and Unique Solutions, were also participating at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit.

"Companies like these are great examples of some of the dynamic businesses thriving in Nova Scotia," said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. "Our province's IT sector is clearly making gains at home and abroad."

AlwaysOn is an online network of IT and business innovation leaders. A team of experts, including AlwaysOn editors, KPMG, Bridge Bank, Merrill Corp., Level 3 Communications, and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, evaluate contenders for the Top 100 based on innovation, market opportunity, commercialization, media buzz and stakeholder value creation.

"We are so pleased to be recognized by business experts and industry leaders as a leading IT solutions provider," said Rod Burgar, CEO of Coemergence. "Our software is installed in six of the world's largest resource companies, and we are excited to grow our success from our home base in Nova Scotia on the heels of this accomplishment."

Coemergence was recognized under the Enabler category and Diaphonics was named under the Enterprise category.

"We are honoured to be recognized as an AlwaysOn Top 100 winner," said Andy Osburn, Diaphonics' president and CEO. "We take pride in delivering the most innovative and user-friendly voice verification solutions, and this award is a tribute to the talent and hard work of the Diaphonics team in Nova Scotia."

The summit, which ran from July 31 to Aug. 2 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., highlights emerging trends and industry leaders in the technology sector. The three-day gathering features presentations, speeches and CEO showcases from innovative companies, investors and industry experts.

Medusa Medical and Unique Solutions also made an impression at AlwaysOn.

"Participation at world-class events such as AlwaysOn is crucial for staying on top of the fast pace of change in the IT space, which is where Medusa competes," said Scott Campbell, president of Medusa Medical.

Tanya Shaw Weeks, president and CEO of Unique Solutions, was among the few executives given the opportunity to present a formal CEO pitch.

"This presentation gave us a chance to reach potential partners and investors," said Ms. Shaw Weeks. "I'm excited to see the results that stem from this opportunity."

Bringing these companies to the AlwaysOn conference was a joint effort led by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), along with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Information Technology Alliance of Nova Scotia (ITANS) and InNOVAcorp.

"The annual AlwaysOn Stanford Summit has become the leading global event where innovative, up and coming technology companies are recognized," said Dan MacDonald president and CEO of InNOVAcorp. "Many congratulations to our clients, Coemergence and Diaphonics, on becoming the first companies based in Atlantic Canada to be named members of the AO100."

"NSBI is proud to partner with ACOA, ITANS and InNOVAcorp to bring these companies to the AlwaysOn summit," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. "The world is seeing the innovation that's happening in Nova Scotia."

Coemergence Inc., founded in 2001, is a leader in the development of advanced knowledge-based software solutions, offering the next stage of competitive advantage for professionals who find, analyze or act on strategic business information.

Diaphonics provides secure, cost-effective and user-friendly voice biometrics solutions. Businesses and government agencies rely on Diaphonics' voice biometrics applications for two-factor authentication, call center verification and automated password resets.

Medusa Medical Technologies Inc. was incorporated in 1998 with a mission to develop information technology solutions that improve pre-hospital emergency data capture, improve emergency medical staff effectiveness in patient care encounters, and ultimately lead to improved pre-hospital emergency treatment protocols.

Unique Solutions is the leader in providing software and hardware solutions for the health and wellness and apparel industries. Established in 1994 as Unique Patterns, the company is also the world's largest custom-fit sewing pattern company.

InNOVAcorp helps high-potential early stage Nova Scotia companies commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace. InNOVAcorp's High Performance Incubation business model fosters innovation and entrepreneurial success.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, export development, financing and venture capital.


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