ATDC Showcase Welcomes Majority Leader Chip Rogers as Featured Speaker

ATLANTA (Friday, May 18, 2012) – Hundreds of Georgia entrepreneurs, startups and technology leaders, welcomed Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) as a featured speaker for Georgia Tech’s 2012 Advanced Technology Development Center Startup Showcase.  The event, held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, honors Georgia’s brightest entrepreneurs and emerging technologies, putting a spotlight on ATDC’s graduating companies – all of whom have met rigorous growth milestones. 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 –exhibited their innovative technologies during the event.

“Our state has everything that we need to lead the nation for small business and growth,’ said Rogers. “We must continue to make Georgia a place where innovative leaders can thrive with pro-growth laws and tax reform that supports growth of both small and large businesses. Most importantly, our efforts must not be limited to those already pushing the boundaries; we must make innovation a priority by equipping our youth with the tools and skills needed to excel in an advanced global economy.”

Leaders of the ATDC noted, “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. “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.”

Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is a startup accelerator that helps technology entrepreneurs in Georgia launch and build successful companies. Founded in 1980, ATDC has helped create millions of dollars in tax revenues by graduating more than 130 companies, which together have raised over a billion dollars in outside financing. Headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square, ATDC serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia.

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 (acquired by 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 multi-well 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.

For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2012

Natalie Dale, Director