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Three Prince William County-based Enterprises Recognized at the Greater Washington Innovation Awards

Scriyb's CEO Chris Etesse

May 16, 2017 - Prince William County, Va. – Prince William County, one of the largest and fastest growing counties in Northern Virginia, today congratulates three Innovation Park enterprises on being recognized at this year’s Greater Washington Innovation Award Ceremony.  Scriyb LLC, a Virginia Serious Game Institute-based startup, won the ‘Public Service Innovator of the Year’ award and George Mason University (Mason) and Ceres Nanosciences were recognized as finalists in Public Service and Health & Life Sciences categories, respectively.

The recognition follows a series of successes and recent announcements for each of the enterprises, which in part, underscores the groundbreaking research and emerging business opportunities within Innovation Park - Northern Virginia’s only university-centered business research park. 

“It is always exciting for us to watch some of the best and brightest in Prince William County, being successful in new paths of discovery and getting recognized for it,” said Jeffrey Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development.  “Our congratulations to Scriyb on winning ‘Public Service Innovator of the Year’ as well as Ceres Nanosciences and Mason, for this most well-deserved recognition.”

“The 2017 Greater Washington Innovation Awards winners represent the most forward thinking companies in our region,” said Jim Corcoran, Northern Virginia Chamber President & CEO, during the Ceremony.  “They are shaping the future of business as we know it.  We applaud each of the winners and finalists for their contributions to the Greater Washington business community and beyond.”

Scriyb offers a revolutionary new way to take classes on-line that strongly encourages peer-to-peer learning.  Real-time ease-of-use and accessibility, for both teacher and student are key components to its success.  In March, Scriyb received a grant to pioneer its cloud-based teaching platform and scale-up operations.  Prior to this, it was a recipient of the Washington Business Journal 2016 Innovation Award.  

Diagnostic testing of infectious diseases through the use of Nanotrap®-particles, also earned Prince William Science Accelerator tenant, Ceres Nanosciences, well-deserved recognition as a finalist.  The Nanotrap technology focuses on early detection biomarkers, which is the key to diagnosing and treating diseases including cancer, cardiac and infectious diseases. Ultimately, benefitting humanity through lower health care costs and improving patient wellness.

“The ties between George Mason and the accelerator are intended to create synergies for biotech startups.  Prince William sees the university as a fountain of innovation,” says Sean Mallon, the university’s Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, when he spoke with the Virginia Business Journal. “They are interested in being part of an ecosystem that allows new companies to be formed, as well as bringing new companies to Prince William County.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles.
  • 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.