RALEIGH–Deloitte & Touche announced the winners of its annual Carolina Technology Fast 50 and rising stars. The winners are a who’s who among NC’s public and private technology companies.

Other sponsors include: Wachovia Corporation, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, Business Leader and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Deloitte & Touche will acknowledge this year’s Technology Fast 50 winners at an award ceremony luncheon during the Business to Technology (B2T) Conference on September 17. The event will be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.

This year’s winners (in alphabetical order) are:

A4 Health Systems, Inc.; aaiPharma Inc.; Advanced Internet Technologies; Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc.; APEX Analytix; Arsenal Digital; Art.com; ateb, Inc. ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.

CISYS; Closure Medical Corp.; Constella Group, Inc.; Coventor, Inc.
Cree, Inc.; CT Communications, Inc.; Elsinore Technologies; Embrex, Inc.; Emergys Corporation.

FormScape; HAHT Commerce, Inc.; InfoVision; Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;Inveresk Research Group, Inc.; LendingTree, Inc.; Lineberry Research Associates

Mariner; Market Central, Inc.; Open Software Solutions, Inc.; Paradigm Genetics, Inc. ; Peopleclick; PharmaResearch Corporation; PPD, Inc.

Raindrop Geomagic; Red Hat, Inc.; RF Micro Devices, Inc.; Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd; School Link, Inc.; SciQuest, Inc.; SlickEdit; Smart Online, Inc.; SpectraSite Inc.; Synapse Technology Inc.

Technology Concepts & Design, Inc.; TeleConsultants Oracle Partners; Transoft; Triangle Biomedical Sciences, Inc.; Trimeris, Inc.; TriPath Imaging, Inc.; Ultimus; US LEC Corp.

Rising Stars

This year’s rising stars are:

Etrials; GoodMortgage; MindBlazer Inc., NuTech Solutions Inc.; PharmaLinkFHI; and Pinpoint Networks Inc.

Technology Fast 50 Criteria

To qualify for the Technology Fast 50, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a technology company, defined as a company that owns proprietary technology, which contributes to a significant portion of the company’s operating revenues (for example, using other companies’ technology in a unique way does not qualify) and/or devotes a high percentage of effort to research and development of technology.

  • Be in business a minimum of five years with 1998 revenues of at least $50,000 and 2002 revenues of at least $1,000,000.

  • Be a public or private company, headquartered in North Carolina. Subsidiaries and divisions are not eligible unless they have some public ownership and are separately traded.

All U.S. and Canadian based Technology Fast 50 winners are automatically entered in the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500, the firm’s ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in North America.

Rising Star nominees must follow the same North Carolina Technology Fast 50 criteria, but are selected based on revenue growth from 1999 to 2001.

Deloitte & Touche