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ATDC Annual Showcase Celebrates Graduates, Highlights Up-and-Coming Tech Startups

The Georgia technology community will gather this month at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center for the 2012 Startup Showcase – one of Atlanta’s premier industry events and a celebration of local startup success.

BLiNQ Media, SoloHealth, Pindrop Security and ScoutMob. These are just a few of the nationally known technology startups that have risen from the ranks of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) in Atlanta, named one of the “10 technology incubators that are changing the world” by Forbes Magazine.

ATDC serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia. Founded in 1980, ATDC helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful technology companies by providing coaching, connections, and community.

The Georgia technology community will gather on May 14 for 2012 Startup Showcase – one of Atlanta’s premier industry events and a celebration of local startup success. ATDC will host hundreds of technology leaders, local dignitaries, venture capitalists and Georgia entrepreneurs for an afternoon of networking and innovation.

Held at the the 2012 Startup Showcase is open to the public and will include Georgia State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. The annual event honors Georgia’s brightest entrepreneurs and emerging technologies, putting a spotlight on ATDC’s graduating companies.

Each year, ATDC member companies that have met rigorous growth milestones are selected to graduate. In addition, dozens of ATDC’s most promising member companies – representing industries as varied as information security, financial technology, health care IT, mobile technology, clean tech/energy, and medical devices – will exhibit their innovative technologies during the event.

“This year’s ATDC graduates represent the impressive quality and strength of Georgia’s technology startup community,” said Nina Sawczuk, ATDC’s general manager and Georgia Tech’s director of startup services, in a release. “They have each achieved significant success in a short timeframe and contribute to Georgia’s growing reputation as a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity and innovation.”

The 2012 ATDC graduates include:

  • 3DM Systems (formerly ShapeStart Measurement Systems) offers an in-ear 3D scanner for the digital design of “custom” hearing aids and earmolds
  • Asankya (formerly EMC Corporation) is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service
  • Axion Biosystems developed the first multiwell microelectrode array (MEA) system to provide unprecedented throughput for cellular electrophysiology experiments
  • BioAutomaton Systems Inc. (BSI) designs and manufactures patented automation systems for cost-effective propagation of transgenic tree seedlings
  • Celtaxsys is focused on the discovery and development of therapeutics to treat inflammation by controlling innate immunity. The company has phase I clinical trials planned for its lead compound, CTX 4430
  • Digital Assent provides award-winning PatientPad® technology that delivers personalized health information and advertising to consumers in doctors’ waiting rooms
  • Preparis provides organizations with a new way to protect their people, operations, brands and shareholder value from 21st century threats
  • SimpleC utilizes proven technologies to help seniors of all cognitive abilities engage with those around them and cope with changes in their lives

Event tickets can be purchased online for $15. Registration closes on May 9. Walk-ins are welcomed, and tickets will be $20 at the door. To register for Startup Showcase, visit www.atdcstartupshowcase.com.

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