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February 4, 2013


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East Bay Economic Development Alliance Announces First Cohort of Innovation Award
Winners at Dynamic Event Held at the Fox Theatre in Oakland

Award Recipients – including Pandora, Tesla and Novartis – Took to the Stage at the Fox Theatre in
Oakland to Receive Recognition for Their Contributions to the Region

Oakland, CA – On Thursday, January 31st, the East Bay’s most innovative entrepreneurs took center
stage to receive awards from the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) in recognition
of their contributions to the region. 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 first-ever East Bay EDA Legacy Award. Novartis
received the award in recognition of its role in growing the biotech industry in the region.
In addition to Novartis, eight companies received awards for their impact on the region and for their

• Catalyst Award
o Berkeley Skydeck received a Catalyst Award for its city, university, and private business
partnership. It was also recognized for its commitment to support start-ups.

• Business and Education Partnership
o Bayer Healthcare received an award for its groundbreaking business and education
partnership. Bayer’s collaboration with East Bay schools is nourishing the next
generation of scientists.

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

“These companies are models for businesses in the region who want to create jobs and grow the East
Bay economy,” said Keith Carson, chairman 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.

“Chevron is proud to join the East Bay Innovation Awards as they celebrate and promote forwardthinking businesses in the East Bay,” said Matt Lonner, Chevron’s manager of Global Partnerships and

“The Innovation Awards were inspiring and helped us witness first-hand how innovation is strengthening
the East Bay,” stated Edward J. Achtner, a regional executive at Bank of America. “We can’t wait to see
which companies are recognized next year.”

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 Micro-Documentaries of the East Bay Innovation Award winners, visit:


About the East Bay EDA
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA), located in Oakland, California, is a
public-private partnership founded in 1990 to serve the San Francisco East Bay (Alameda and
Contra Costa Counties). The East Bay EDA’s mission is to establish the region as a world-recognized location to grow businesses, attract capital and create quality jobs.

To learn more about our East Bay EDA, visit:



November 28, 2012

Contact:  Stephen Baiter, or 925.766.6665         


New Grant for Bioscience Manufacturing to accelerate Job Creation and Economic Development in the East Bay

Pleasant Hill, CA – Bay Area Congressional leaders announce a $2.2 million investment by five federal agencies that will help create high quality regional jobs in bioscience and medicine manufacturing and make Northern California an epicenter for biotech careers and innovation.

The Advanced Manufacturing Medical/Biosciences Pipeline for Economic Development (AM2PED) will build a regional innovation ecosystem for technology transfer, economic development, and workforce development in medical device and bioscience manufacturing along the I-80/880 Corridor in the East Bay which includes UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Congressmen John Garamendi, George Miller, and Jerry McNerney, joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee believe the plan will be a catalyst for job creation and leveraging private capital. Garamendi, Miller, McNerney, and Lee have all advocated for strategies to Make It In America, an initiative to rebuild America's manufacturing sector, support innovation, and encourage job creation.

“I have long advocated for better integration between public research and private job creation. Many of the high tech success stories that helped build Americas middle class originated with this type of technology transfer,” Congressman Garamendi said. “I’m excited that the AM2PED is moving forward, because it’s an opportunity to Make It In America and create good local jobs in manufacturing and research.”

"The last decade has seen a sea-change in our campus-wide investments in high-tech laboratories and the fostering of entrepreneurial educational programs,” said Paul Wright, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering and Director, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and CITRIS @ Berkeley. “These shorten the pipeline between fundamental research in science and engineering and the creation of start-ups, the scaling to large industries and, of course, the important result of new jobs in California and the nation. This new award is a further accelerator of such an ecosystem.

UC Berkeley is proud to be on the team that will make sure these new products and services will be Made in America AMPED partner organizations include: the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA), Manex Consulting – A NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, University of California, Berkeley, Laney, and the Northern California Small Business Development Center(SBDC) Network. These partners will build connecting networks to link regional efforts focused on medical manufacturing and bio-sciences, constructing a virtual “one stop” center for technology innovation, investment, and job creation. Some specific efforts include the following:

Establishing a regional intermediary to link disparate incubation strategies into a coordinated and industry-driven system;

         Creating a regional leadership team with industry and venture capitalists;

         Expediting feedback between research and industry through “reverse pitch” sessions focused on problem solving posed by industry and organization of research teams to enable on-site interaction between technology innovators and industry; and

         Supporting entrepreneurs and spin-off companies through funding preparation and through connection of enterprises with established businesses and financial sector representatives, and through technical assistance focused on productivity, technology transfer, venture capital as well as private equity funding, and workforce development.

 “This investment will help to strengthen the networks that help to drive job creation and create economic prosperity in the region. By infusing resources into efforts that support research and development of innovative technologies, the East Bay will continue its strong growth momentum and help create new businesses offering high-quality jobs,” said Stephen Baiter, Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County.

 Contact persons for the AM2PED project are listed below.

   Stephen Baiter, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County or 925.766.6665

  Karen Engel, East Bay Economic Development Alliance or 510.381.5292

 Gene Russell, Manex Consulting – A NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership or 925.807.5111

 Tiff Dressen, University of California, Berkeley or 510.642.6671

 James Alva, Northern California SBDC Network or 415.413.7232

Peter Crabtree, Laney College or 510.464.3218



For Immediate Release

Contact:    Scott Peterson, , (510) 272-6843

December 4, 2012

East Bay Economic Development Alliance Announces Finalists for Its First Annual Innovation Awards

East Bay’s Top Organizations Receive Special Recognition for Their Innovative Approach to Business and Addressing Some of Our Society’s Greatest Needs

Oakland, CA: The East Bay has long been recognized for its regional and national role in advancing new technologies and ideas and, this year, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is spotlighting some of the most significant contributors to the East Bay’s unique culture and legacy of innovation.  Today, the organization announced the pool of 16 finalists who are in the running for the first-ever East Bay Innovation Awards.

The East Bay is home to a wide variety of innovators in job sectors that include clean fuels, food production, digital animation, medical devices, and many more,” said Keith Carson, Chairman of the East Bay EDA Board of Directors. “We want to celebrate those accomplishments, raise awareness about the forward-thinking businesses that are based in the East Bay, and inspire other companies to think outside the box.”

The 16 companies and organizations – selected by independent industry professionals after a public nomination process coordinated and launched by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance – are being recognized not only for being instrumental in advancing the region’s culture of innovation, but also for  contributing to regional prosperity.

“Over 85 nominations were received, and we were so impressed by the high quality of nominees across all the industry categories,” said Karen Engel, Executive Director of East Bay EDA.

East Bay EDA recognized companies in clean technology, advanced manufacturing, food, information/communication technology, life sciences, engineering and design.  The finalists are:

  • Adept Technology

  • Bayer Healthcare

  • Community Grains

  • Deep Ocean Exploration & Research

  • Ecologic Brands

  • Ekso Bionics

  • Kiverdi, Inc.

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories

  • Lit San Leandro

  • Livescribe Inc.

  • Pandora

  • Perforce Software

  • Penumbra, Inc.

  • Skydeck / UC Berkeley

  • St. George Spirits

  • Tesla Motors

In addition to these  categories, nominations were solicited for innovation in business and education partnerships, thought-leader or catalyst of the year, and a legacy award to recognize an individual or organization that has had a lasting impact on the culture of innovation in the East Bay.

The selected finalists will be recognized at a gala event on January 31, 2012 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. At the event, East Bay EDA will also announce their first-ever Innovation Award winners, which will be selected from the pool of finalists.

Lead sponsors for the event are Bank of America and Chevron Corporation.  Award sponsors also include Bayer HealthCare, Wareham Development, Wells Fargo, and Wendel Rosen Black and Dean.  Additional, bronze-level sponsors include Cargill and Kaiser Permanente. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

 For more information, please visit:


About the East Bay EDA

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA), located in Oakland, California, is a
public-private partnership founded in 1990 to serve the San Francisco East Bay (Alameda and
Contra Costa Counties). The East Bay EDA’s mission is to establish the region as a world-recognized location to grow businesses, attract capital and create quality jobs.


To learn more about our East Bay EDA, visit:



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