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CONTACT: Ginny Person Communications, Marketing & Research Manager Prince William County Department of Economic Development Email: gperson@pwcgov.org | Phone: 703.792.5500

Prince William County Congratulates Washington Business Journal 2016 Innovation Award Winners

October 13, 2016 - Prince William County, Va. – Prince William County, the official brand sponsor of the inaugural Innovation Awards, is proud to team up with the Washington Business Journal in recognizing and congratulating Greater Washington’s pioneers of innovation.

According to the Washington Business Journal, a new survey of Greater Washington business leaders shows that our region ranked as the best environment for Innovation in the East Coast.  The 2016 Innovation Award winners were: The Arc of Northern Virginia; Bluecart Inc.; C2 Technologies Inc.; Ceres Nanosciences Inc.; Ekare Inc.; From the Farmer; K2M Inc.; LifeFuels Inc.; Medstar Health;  Mess Hall; OPX; Pedago; Perkins+Wills; Scriyb LLC; and United Therapies.

“We are delighted to team up with the Washington Business Journal to recognize all of the Greater Washington innovation winners who are bringing new transformative technologies, products and services to market,” said Jeff Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development.

Transforming education by maintaining the ideal classroom ratio is just one of the benefits of a new live streaming tool that has algorithms to track the performance and interaction of students, according to reports by the Washington Business Journal, which earned Prince William County-based Virginia Serious Game Institute start-up, Scriyb LLC much applause during the Award Ceremony held on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Dr. Scott M. Martin, founder of Scriyb LLC says, “It’s to change lives. I am an educator, I have been teaching for 30 years. That’s why I invented these patents.  It’s to transform all [education].”  To maximize educational potential Scriyb focuses on maximizing the reach of the internet, while providing an intimate and social learning environment for students.

Creating more effective and noninvasive diagnostic tests through use of Nanotrap particles for different types of infectious diseases also won Prince William Science Accelerator tenant, Ceres Nanosciences recognition.  Ross Dunlap, CEO of Ceres Nanosciences says, “Innovation - It’s not just doing something no one has done before, it’s doing something that has actual purpose.”  Infectious diseases from Ebola to Zika have grabbed global headlines striking fear domestically and abroad, reported Tina Reed at the Washington Business Journal

Both of the Prince William County-based winners are located in Innovation Park, a collaborative epicenter of corporate and university-research.  Anchored by George Mason University’s Science & Technology Campus (Mason), it is home to a growing life sciences cluster that includes the Prince William Science Accelerator, American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Corning, Inc., NIH Biomedical Research Laboratory, ISOThrive, Virongy, Systaaq Diagnostic Products Inc., Celetrix and Serpin Pharma, to name a few.  Prince William County businesses realize significant benefits from the university’s presence, with its specialization in incubation and entrepreneurship and that it is home of the Virginia Serious Game Institute.

While serving as a vital community and regional resource, Mason’s academic arm also extends to hands-on programs and has teamed up with the Prince William County Department of Economic Development in providing a series of Lunch & Learn sessions for science and tech entrepreneurs.  The third Lunch & Learn will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Mason’s Tech Transfer Office will lead a discussion on current licensing activities and opportunities, best practices in corporate formation, governance and stockholder arrangements.  To learn more about this event contact: Chris Girdwood or call tel: (703) 792-5516.

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About Ceres Nanosciences

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in the Prince William Science Accelerator in Innovation Park, Prince William County, Ceres Nanosciences engages in research, development and commercialization of innovative products, based on Nanotrap technology.  The Nanotrap technology focuses on early detection biomarkers, which is the key to diagnosing and treatment for diseases including cancer, cardiac and infectious diseases. Ultimately, benefitting humanity through lower health care cost and improving patient wellness.

About Scriyb LLC

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in the Virginia Serious Game Institute in Innovation Park, Scriyb LLC developed an online learning tool that simplifies student interactions. Dr. Scott M. Martin, a professor at George Mason University created Scriyb LLC due to the lack of physical space to hold classes and dissatisfaction with the University’s learning management system.  Scriyb is a revolutionary new way to take classes on-line that strongly encourages peer-to-peer learning, ease of use, and content access. Real-time ease-of-use and accessibility, for both teacher and student are key components to the success of Scriyb.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Prince William County is home to the Prince William Science Accelerator, which was established in 2014 in Innovation Park to support the growth of small life sciences companies. 
  • Innovation Park is a 1500-acre university-centered corporate research park located in Prince William County.  Anchored by the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus, the park’s tenants span the gamut of IT, biosciences, data center and federal institutions.  The Park is home to approximately thirty companies employing over 2,000 persons.
  • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles. 
  • Prince William County is the second largest and fourth fastest growing county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Prince William County’s favorable blend of large land parcels, multi-use zoned sites, incentives, reliable power and ample fiber optic availability coupled with the lowest programmable computer taxes in the region, make it an ideal location for businesses seeking a location in the Mid-Atlantic region. 
  • 75% of Northern Virginia’s 1.5 million workers live within a 30 minute one-way commute to the center of Prince William County during rush hour.
  • Prince William County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally diverse labor; 42% of the workforce has 4-year degrees.
  • Prince William County carries a AAA bond rating from all three of the major credit ratings agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P).

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The Prince William County Department of Economic Development offers services to support and promote existing business expansion and attract new businesses to PWC. For more information, the Department of Economic Development can be reached via email at econdev@pwcgov.org, via phone at (703) 792-5500, or via fax at (703) 792-5502.