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2023 High Tech Awards Winners Announced!

Octane’s High Tech Awards 2023 Recap: Celebrating Innovation in Orange County

IRVINE, CA — On Thursday, September 21st, 2023, Octane, a trailblazing organization at the forefront of Southern California’s technology and medical technology business ecosystem since 2002, brought together visionaries and leaders to honor the outstanding contributions of individuals and companies that are driving innovation in Orange County. The 2023 High Tech Awards, held at AV Irvine in Irvine, CA, showcased the region’s best and brightest in technology and medical technology.
The High Tech Awards are an eagerly awaited annual event that recognizes the pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment of innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders in Orange County. These forward-thinkers not only set new industry standards but also redefine the boundaries of what is possible. Their exceptional dedication and groundbreaking work are not only transforming their respective fields but also poised to shape the future of technology worldwide.
Celebrating Excellence
The 2023 High Tech Awards marked a significant milestone for Octane, as they honored individuals and companies at the forefront of Orange County’s technological advancement. These awards are a testament to the tireless efforts of the innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders who have propelled the region into a hub of cutting-edge development. Octane’s CEO, Bill Carpou, expressed his excitement about the event, saying, “The High Tech Innovation Awards embody our commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in Orange County. It’s a night to recognize the best of the best and inspire future innovators.”
Celebrating Trailblazers
The awards ceremony recognized outstanding achievements in various categories, showcasing the diverse talents and contributions within Orange County’s tech and medical tech sectors. The winners of the 2023 High Tech Awards include:
Best Technology Company: Menlo Micro
    • MenloMicro’s relentless pursuit of innovation has made them a beacon in the tech world, setting new standards for excellence.
Best Technology Company Leadership Team: Sientra
    • Sientra’s leadership team has demonstrated exceptional vision and strategic acumen in guiding their company to success.
Best Enterprise or B2B Technology Innovation: Enevate
    • Enevate’s groundbreaking innovations have revolutionized the enterprise technology landscape.
Best Consumer Technology Innovation: Privi by PatientFi
    • Privi’s innovation in consumer technology has made them a household name, improving lives through cutting-edge solutions.
Best Emerging Technology Company: Matregenix
    • Matregenix’s ascent in the tech world demonstrates the power of ambition and innovation in driving progress.
Best Technology Company CEO: CloudVirga
    • CloudVirga’s CEO has exemplified visionary leadership and made a significant impact on the industry.
Best Clean Tech/Green Company: Sapphire Technologies
    • Sapphire Technologies’ commitment to sustainable practices is reshaping the tech industry’s environmental footprint.
Best Large Disruptor/Innovator: Terran Orbital
    • Terran Orbital’s disruptive innovations are propelling the industry into uncharted territory.
Best Innovation in Medical Technology/Life Sciences: Endologix
    • Endologix’s groundbreaking work in medical technology is saving lives and transforming healthcare.
Deal of the Year: CathWorks
    • CathWorks’ remarkable deal has set a new benchmark for strategic excellence in the industry.
Next Wave Award: Maaza Martin from Tarsus Pharmaceuticals
    • Tarsus’ innovative approach is reshaping the tech landscape and inspiring the next generation of leaders.
These exceptional individuals and companies are leading the charge in shaping the future of technology and medical technology, not just within Orange County but on a global scale.

A Night to Remember

The 2023 High Tech Innovation Awards were not just about accolades; they were about celebrating the spirit of innovation and fostering collaboration within the Orange County tech and medical technology community. The event provided a platform for networking, idea exchange, and inspiration, serving as a catalyst for even greater breakthroughs in the future. A huge congratulations to all of the finalists part of the 2023 High Tech Awards. View all the finalists here
One of the highlights of the 2023 High Tech Awards was the prestigious Vision & Leadership Award. Far more than a token of recognition, this accolade stands as a tribute to individuals who consistently leave an indelible mark on our community. Octane’s CEO, Bill Carpou, personally presents this award to those who serve as driving forces for change, elevating Orange County’s technological landscape. Over the years, this award has graced the mantle of exceptional figures such as Goran Matijasevic, Executive Director of the UCI Chief Executive Roundtable, Emile Haddad, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of FivePoint Holdings, Amanda Fowler, Vice President, Global Corporate Giving at Edwards Lifesciences, Carrie Strom, SVP at AbbVie, and President of Global Allergan Aesthetics, Bobby Azamian, President & CEO of Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, and Jim Mazzo, Michael Mussallem, Dwight Decker, Tom Moebus, and Matt Massengill, the five founders of Octane. This year, the honor was bestowed upon Bruce Feuchter, Shareholder of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. Bruce’s invaluable insights have played a pivotal role in shaping Southern California’s life sciences ecosystem, guiding numerous startups from their early stages to triumphant exits.
Octane remains committed to its mission of driving Southern California’s technology and medical technology sectors to new heights. Through initiatives like the High Tech Awards, Octane continues to champion innovation, entrepreneurship, and excellence, ensuring that Orange County remains at the forefront of the technology revolution. As we look back on this memorable evening, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2023 High Tech Awards. Your dedication and vision are an inspiration to us all, and we eagerly anticipate the remarkable contributions that lie ahead.
For more information about Octane and its initiatives, please visit octaneoc.org.

Octane’s mission is to drive innovation and growth by connecting people, resources, and capital. We facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and resources that fuel the growth and development of Southern California’s tech and medtech industries. We provide the capital and resources necessary to accelerate innovation, create jobs, and drive economic growth. We are the premier convening organization for the region’s technology ecosystem, where companies can come together to build the future of their industries. We impact our community through LaunchPad, a top-performing accelerator, Octane Capital & Growth, a platform to provide companies with capital and growth resources, Ignite Series, in person and on-demand leading content, and Octane Foundation for Innovation, focused on furthering our mission while advancing diversity and inclusiveness.  Learn more at octaneoc.org. 


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