N.S. Business Inc. - Nova Scotia IT Companies Gain Recognition at International Technology Summit

    PALO ALTO, CA, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - Two Nova Scotia companies have been named
to a prestigious international list of top IT companies at a conference in
Palo Alto, Calif.
    Coemergence and Diaphonics, both based in Halifax, are among only five
Canadian firms to be named to AlwaysOn's list of Top 100 Private Companies.
Past winners of the list include Google, YouTube and Skype.
    Two other Nova Scotia companies, Medusa Medical and Unique Solutions,
were also participating at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit.
    "Companies like these are great examples of some of the dynamic
businesses thriving in Nova Scotia," said Economic Development Minister
Richard Hurlburt. "Our province's IT sector is clearly making gains at home
and abroad."
    AlwaysOn is an online network of IT and business innovation leaders. A
team of experts, including AlwaysOn editors, KPMG, Bridge Bank, Merrill Corp.,
Level 3 Communications, and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, evaluate contenders for
the Top 100 based on innovation, market opportunity, commercialization, media
buzz and stakeholder value creation.
    "We are so pleased to be recognized by business experts and industry
leaders as a leading IT solutions provider," said Rod Burgar, CEO of
Coemergence. "Our software is installed in six of the world's largest resource
companies, and we are excited to grow our success from our home base in Nova
Scotia on the heels of this accomplishment."
    Coemergence was recognized under the Enabler category and Diaphonics was
named under the Enterprise category.
    "We are honoured to be recognized as an AlwaysOn Top 100 winner," said
Andy Osburn, Diaphonics' president and CEO. "We take pride in delivering the
most innovative and user-friendly voice verification solutions, and this award
is a tribute to the talent and hard work of the Diaphonics team in Nova
    The summit, which ran from July 31 to Aug. 2 at Stanford University in
Palo Alto, Calif., highlights emerging trends and industry leaders in the
technology sector. The three-day gathering features presentations, speeches
and CEO showcases from innovative companies, investors and industry experts.
    Medusa Medical and Unique Solutions also made an impression at AlwaysOn.
    "Participation at world-class events such as AlwaysOn is crucial for
staying on top of the fast pace of change in the IT space, which is where
Medusa competes," said Scott Campbell, president of Medusa Medical.
    Tanya Shaw Weeks, president and CEO of Unique Solutions, was among the
few executives given the opportunity to present a formal CEO pitch.
    "This presentation gave us a chance to reach potential partners and
investors," said Ms. Shaw Weeks. "I'm excited to see the results that stem
from this opportunity."
    Bringing these companies to the AlwaysOn conference was a joint effort
led by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), along with the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Information Technology Alliance of Nova
Scotia (ITANS) and InNOVAcorp.
    "The annual AlwaysOn Stanford Summit has become the leading global event
where innovative, up and coming technology companies are recognized," said Dan
MacDonald president and CEO of InNOVAcorp. "Many congratulations to our
clients, Coemergence and Diaphonics, on becoming the first companies based in
Atlantic Canada to be named members of the AO100."
    "NSBI is proud to partner with ACOA, ITANS and InNOVAcorp to bring these
companies to the AlwaysOn summit," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of
NSBI. "The world is seeing the innovation that's happening in Nova Scotia."

    Coemergence Inc., founded in 2001, is a leader in the development of
advanced knowledge-based software solutions, offering the next stage of
competitive advantage for professionals who find, analyze or act on strategic
business information.

    Diaphonics provides secure, cost-effective and user-friendly voice
biometrics solutions. Businesses and government agencies rely on Diaphonics'
voice biometrics applications for two-factor authentication, call center
verification and automated password resets.

    Medusa Medical Technologies Inc. was incorporated in 1998 with a mission
to develop information technology solutions that improve pre-hospital
emergency data capture, improve emergency medical staff effectiveness in
patient care encounters, and ultimately lead to improved pre-hospital
emergency treatment protocols.

    Unique Solutions is the leader in providing software and hardware
solutions for the health and wellness and apparel industries. Established in
1994 as Unique Patterns, the company is also the world's largest custom-fit
sewing pattern company.

    InNOVAcorp helps high-potential early stage Nova Scotia companies
commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace.
InNOVAcorp's High Performance Incubation business model fosters innovation and
entrepreneurial success.

    Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private-sector-led business
development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and
helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory
services, export development, financing and venture capital.


    Two Nova Scotia companies have been named to a
    prestigious international list of top I-T companies.
    Coemergence and Diaphonics, both based in Halifax,
    were two of five Canadian companies to make AlwaysOn's A-O
    Top 100 list.
    The two winners attended the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit
    in Palo Alto, California, along with two other Nova Scotia
    companies, Unique Solutions and Medusa Medical.
    The C-E-O of Unique Solutions was given the
    opportunity to deliver an exclusive C-E-O pitch on her
    company to investors and industry experts.
    The trip was a joint effort led by Nova Scotia
    Business Inc., along with partners from ACOA, InNOVAcorp
    and the Information Technology Alliance of Nova Scotia.
    Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt says
    the impressive showing of the Nova Scotia companies is
    proof that the province's I-T sector is clearly making
    gains at home and abroad.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Sarah Levy, Nova Scotia Business
Inc., (902) 222-3658, levyse@gov.ns.ca

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