New Enterprise Forum Announces Winners of 2008 NEF Annual Entrepreneur Awards

New Enterprise Forum presented its annual entrepreneur awards last night, Thursday, February 19. The event took place at 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North Campus on 3600 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 20, 2009 – New Enterprise Forum presented its annual entrepreneur awards last night, Thursday, February 19. The event took place at 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North Campus on 3600 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

At the event, Phil Tepley, NEF President, and Gerry Roston, NEF Program Committee Chair, presented the following awards to winning entrepreneurial companies:

Best Presentation of 2008: SciTech Development. Earl Holsapple, President, accepted the award. SciTech Development is an oncology drug company that has developed a novel intravenous drug-delivery platform for insoluble drugs.

Best Technology of 2008: AureoGen Biosciences. Ake Elhammer, CEO, accepted the award. AureoGen Biosciences is using genetic engineering to develop a novel antifungal drug.

Best Business Model of 2008: Torrey Path. Sean Ainsworth accepted the award for Peter Dressler, President & CEO, who could not attend. Torrey Path facilitates drug discovery by combining information technology and statistical analysis into research decision support tools.

Ted Dacko, President of HealthMedia, was honored as the 2008 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year. Ted led a dedicated core team that brought HealthMedia back from the brink; the company was recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson.

Photos can be downloaded from: http://www.hutchinscrang.com/NEF/default.html.

NEF congratulates all of these winners!

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Through its hands-on work with entrepreneurs, NEF has been planting the seeds for Michigan’s economic prosperity for over two decades. NEF serves Michigan entrepreneurs by linking them with management expertise, venture partners, business services, capital, and other critical resources. NEF also provides free coaching teams who assist entrepreneurs with investor presentations and business planning in preparation for fundraising meetings. For information, visit www.NewEnterpriseForum.org

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