MARCH 11, 2004

Samuel F. McKay, Co-founder and General Partner of Axiom Venture Partners, recipient of Connecticut Innovations, Inc. Special Achievement Award, "in Recognition of His Lifetime Accomplishments that have led to Long-Term, Technology-related Economic Development in Connecticut", presented November 13, 2003.

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Connecticut Innovations 13th Annual Technology DinnerEntitled “Connecticut: Technology at a Crossroads,” this year’s Technology Dinner was designed to call attention to what organizers said was a critical juncture for the state and to elicit ideas from state technology and business leaders on how to foster continued expansion of the state’s high-technology economy. The dinner, attracting more than 650 people, was held on November 13th at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

At the event, a panel presented recommendations that emerged from the Technology Summit, a three-hour brainstorming meeting that immediately preceded the dinner. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Forum, moderated the panel. Panelists (pictured below L-R) were: Kevin Rakin, president, director and founder of Genaissance Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Elaine Pullen, president, Gerber Scientific Products Inc., senior vice president of Gerber Scientific; Walter Schroeder, chief executive officer, Proton Energy Systems Inc.; and Walter Plosila, vice president, Battelle Memorial Institute.

Connecticut Innovations also presented its annual Technology Awards to honor individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to the growth of high technology in Connecticut.

This year’s award recipients were:

Distinguished Service
E. Charles McClenachan, Ph.D.
Vice President and Technical Director
Polymer Engineering Inc. (Greenwich)

Outstanding Job Growth
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cheshire)
Outstanding Sales Growth (Under $5 Million)
Cybergnostic (Trumbull)

Outstanding Sales Growth (Over $5 Million)
Open Solutions Inc. (Glastonbury)

Special Achievement
Samuel F. McKay
General Partner and Co-founder
Axiom Venture Partners (Hartford)