Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Twenty high-tech and life science firms from the Triangle and five others from across the state make up the first “25 N.C. Companies To Watch” list from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

The winners, which were announced Tuesday, will be feted at an event on Sept. 23 in Raleigh.

Selection criteria included growth in revenue and numbers of employees.

According to the CED, from 2006-2009 the selected firms produced $334 million in revenue and added 443 employees.

Overall revenues for those firms grew 232 percent.

Headcount, meanwhile, increased 176 percent.

The Triangle firms:

  • Affinergy, Inc. – www.affinergy.com (Research Triangle Park)
  • BlueStripe Software, Inc. – bluestripe.com (Morrisville)
  • Bronto Software – www.bronto.com (Durham)
  • Clinipace Worldwide – www.clinipace.com (Morrisville)
  • Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems, Inc. — www.ez-recovery.com (Raleigh)
  • Digitalsmiths – www.digitalsmiths.com (Research Triangle Park)
  • Entex Technologies Inc. – www.entexinc.com (Chapel Hill)
  • Inlet Technologies – www.inlethd.com (Raleigh)
  • Kyma Technologies, Inc. – www.kymatech.com (Raleigh)
  • Liquidia Technologies – www.liquidia.com (Durham)
  • PocketGear, Inc. – www.pocketgear.com (Durham)
  • SciMetrika, LLC – www.scimetrika.com (Durham)
  • Semprius, Inc. – www.semprius.com (Durham)
  • ShareFile – www.sharefile.com (Raleigh)
  • ShopBot Tools – www.shopbottools.com (Durham)
  • The Select Group – www.selectgroup-rtp.com (Raleigh)
  • Themis Group – www.themis.com (Durham)
  • TheraSim, Inc. – www.therasim.com (Durham)
  • TransEnterix, Inc. – www.transenterix.com (Morrisville)
  • Tranzyme Pharma – www.tranzyme.com (Durham)

From elsewhere across the state:

  • 3tailer – www.3tailer.com (Charlotte)
  • DataChambers, LLC – www.datachambers.com (Winston-Salem)
  • goodmortgage.com – goodmortgage.com (Charlotte)
  • Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, LLC – www.piedmontpharma.com (Greensboro)
  • Yap – yapme.com (Charlotte)

“These companies exemplify the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that lead to success in the marketplace and in the future,” said CED President Joan Siefert Rose.

The winners were selected from 190 nominees. All are privately held and employ between 6 and 99 people while producing between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenues.

The Edward Lowe Foundation is partnering with the CED on the new program.

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