Get ready for award season Pittsburgh-style. Finalists for Pittsburgh Technology Council’s annual Tech 50 Awards were just announced.

“Each year, the council canvasses the region for the most distinguished public and private technology-oriented companies,” says Tech Council President and CEO Audrey Russo. Those honored show the strongest growth and advancement in product or sales success, financial strength, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention and innovative product or technology.

“You can go through each one of these and be pretty impressed,” says Russo.

New this year is the category of Culture Leader of the Year–something that was much more of a priority for tech companies than Russo could have anticipated.

“These companies are trying to make sure that their culture is embedded into what they do,” she says.

For example, the IT and HR strategists at Newton Consulting are working for other customers and manage to keep their talent in line with their home company’s values. And then there’s investment management software company Confluence which has traditional finance customers all over the world while fostering teamwork at home.

And Industrial Scientific Corporation houses its Oakdale-based manufacturing and corporate employees all in one building.

“Their model is quite impressive. This is a total commitment and what matters is everyone,” says Russo.

Another culture nominee is Deeplocal.

“We are more of an art group than a business,” says CEO Nathan Martin. The innovation studio’s 28 employees get to experiment and “play” in its 7,000-square-foot wood and machine shop or collaborate in the company’s Bayardstown Social Club in the backyard of its Strip District headquarters.

Deeplocal's Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District.
Deeplocal’s Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District.
Deeplocal’s Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District.

“Also, we get to work for a lot of great clients like Google, Netflix, Nike and Old Navy,” says Martin.

Winners will be announced at the awards gala on October 29, 2015 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh.

“It is truly a night to celebrate our region’s technology companies and the contribution they have made to our economic vitality,” says Russo.

The 2015 Finalists are:

Innovator of the Year – Consumer Products
Diamond Kinetics
MAYA Design
Rinovum Women’s Health, LLC
Trusst Lingerie

Innovator of the Year – Health IT
Health Monitoring Systems
Intelomed, Inc.
Net Health
Touchtown, Inc

Innovator of the Year – Advanced Manufacturing/Materials, Energy and Environmental Technology
Advantech U.S. Inc.
EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc.
Industrial Scientific Corporation
US Liner Company
WindStax Wind Power Systems

Culture Leader of the Year
Industrial Scientific Corporation
Newton Consulting
Schell Games
Summa Technologies

CEO of the Year
Ron Bianchini – Avere Systems
Patrick Daly – Cohera Medical, Inc.
Gabriela Isturiz – Bellefield Systems, Inc.
Greg Petro – First Insight, Inc
Ware Sykes – NoWait
Jason Wolfe –

Start-Up of the Year
BOSS Controls
Identified Technologies

Solution Provider of the Year
Chorus Call, Inc.
Regulatory & Quality Solutions, LLC
SDLC Partners, L.P.

Technology Business Product of the Year
Bellefield Systems, Inc.
creehan and company
Matrix Solutions
SCA Technologies

Innovator of the Year – Life Sciences (Medical Devices, Therapeutics, Drug Discovery/Pharmaceuticals, Health Services)
Aesynt Inc.
Cognition Therapeutics
Cohera Medical, Inc.
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Laurie Bailey

Laurie Bailey is a freelance writer who has reported for many local publications. When she isn't writing she serves as a media consultant for nonprofits and other local companies.