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February 12, 2013 > East Bay Economic Development Alliance Award winners

East Bay Economic Development Alliance Award winners

Submitted By Edit Ruano

The East Bay's most innovative entrepreneurs received awards from the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) for their contributions to the region at the Fox Theatre, Oakland, on January 31, 2013. The East Bay EDA presented the first annual East Bay Innovation Awards to cutting-edge businesses that are making the East Bay one of the preeminent regions of innovation in the U.S.

"This was our first Innovation Awards event and we couldn't be more thrilled with the results," stated Karen Engel, Executive Director of the East Bay EDA. "Hundreds of business, civic and community leaders showed their commitment to the region. We also recognized companies who directly contribute to the East Bay's innovative and dynamic culture."

Novartis, a pharmaceutical discovery and development company that began in the East Bay 40 years ago, received one of the evening's top honors, the East Bay EDA Legacy Award, in recognition of its role in growing the biotech industry in the region.

Eight other companies received awards for their impact on the region and for their innovation. The Catalyst Award went to Berkeley Skydeck for its city, university, and private business partnership. It was also recognized for its commitment to support start-ups.

Bayer Healthcare received the Business and Education Partnership Award for its ground-breaking business and education partnership. Bayer's collaboration with East Bay schools is nurturing the next generation of scientists.

Field-Specific Award Winners: Pandora (Information / Communication Technology); Tesla Motors (Advanced Manufacturing); Ecologic Brands (Clean Technology); Livescribe (Engineering and Design); Penumbra (Life Sciences); and St. George Spirits (Food).

"These companies are models for businesses that want to create jobs and grow the East Bay economy," said Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, chair of the East Bay EDA Board of Directors. "The East Bay EDA is proud to play a role in highlighting their work."

Lead sponsors for the East Bay EDA Innovation awards were the Chevron Corporation and Bank of America. The award sponsors were Bayer HealthCare, Wareham Development, Wells Fargo, and Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean.

The East Bay EDA sees this year's East Bay Innovation Awards as the first of many opportunities to highlight cutting-edge companies in the region. The organization has already started planning for next year's event and will soon begin accepting nominations.

For more information about the East Bay Innovation Award winners, visit To view mini-documentaries about the awardees, visit

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