Technology Impact Awards: Stemcell Technologies named company of the year

Stemcell Technologies founder Dr. Allen Eaves accepts the B.C. Tech Association's Technology Impact Award for company of the year at a June 22 awards ceremony | submitted

A Vancouver company developing stem cells for researchers across the globe was honoured Thursday as company of the year at the B.C. Tech Association’s annual Technology Impact Awards (TIA).

The B.C. Tech Association spent the evening recognizing technology firms across the province in fields ranging from life sciences to cleantech.

Originally launched as a small University of B.C. spinoff in 1993, the company of the year winner, Stemcell Technologies Inc., now employs close to 1,000 people worldwide and saw its revenue grow 20% in 2016.

Meanwhile, the TIAs also recognized Semios Technologies Inc. as the most promising startup in B.C. The early stage company specializes in predictive analytics to manage pests that can damage agriculture.

Full list of winners:

Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology - ARTMS Products Inc.

• Excellence in Product Innovation - Corvus Energy

• Adoption of Technology - Copperleaf Technologies Inc.

• Most Promising Startup - Semios Technologies Inc.

• Emerging Company of the Year - Trulioo

• Company of the Year - STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

• Team of the Year - Clio

• Community Engagement - Allocadia Software Inc.

• Person of the Year - Shafin Tejani, founder, Victory Square Labs

• Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Alan Winter

• People’s Choice Award - Traction on Demand