New Jersey Technology Council honored 14 companies, health care information technology providers prominently included, at its annual awards ceremony Thursday.
NJTC also acknowledged technology investors and supporters Chris Sugden and Maria Casabona at the gala, attended by about 500 executives at Hyatt Regency Princeton.
NJTC CEO Maxine Ballen said health care IT was a strong theme among this year's awards, a trend that reflects growing conversion from paper to electronic documentation and the accompanying web-based technology that makes such systems work.
"It's the same thing as what were seeing in financial technology," Ballen said. "We're going to paperless society, where platforms and backbones are everything."
Providers of consumer electronics, medical devices and cloud software were also among the tech companies honored. Ballen added that choosing among nominees, which ranged from10 to 40 in the business categories, was more difficult than past years.
"There were fewer applications but we had higher quality across the board," Ballen said. "It made it very challenging for the judges. We got into some heated arguments."
- Master Technology Company: Universal Display Corp.;
- Public Company: Stryker;
- Private Company: PHX Inc.;
- Innovative Technology Company: Simeio Solutions LLC;
- Innovative Technology Company Finalist: RightAnswers Inc.
- Innovative Technology Company Finalist: SevOne;
- Impact Company of the Year: iCIMS, Inc.
- Impact Company of the Year Finalist: MD On-Line Inc.
- Impact Company of the Year Finalist: Vitals
- Trailblazer: BlackLight Power Inc.;
- Rising Star: HR Acuity LLC;
- Outstanding Technology Development: Systech International;
- Consumer Product: QualityHealth;
- Beacon of Light: Edge Therapeutics Inc.;
- John H. Martinson Technology Supporter: Chris Sugden
- Legend of Technology: Mario Casabona