October 22, 2013 13:00 ET

OCTANe Announces Inaugural Innovation Impact Award

Award Recognizes Innovative Contributions in Building the Southern California High Technology Ecosystem

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2013) - OCTANe, the Orange County startup accelerator dedicated to connecting people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth and create jobs, today recognized Miles "Lowell" Edwards as the inaugural recipient of the newly created OCTANe Innovation Impact Award at its signature event -- the Medical Device and Investor Forum.

The newly-created award honored Lowell Edwards, founder of Edwards Laboratories, now Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW). Edwards left his fingerprint in Orange County, helping to create more than 25 companies that employed approximately 25,000 employees in the region. Edwards' dedication to the medical field will always be remembered.

"This award is meant to recognize individuals who make a lasting impact on the technology and life science ecosystem in Orange County," said Matthew Jenusaitis, president and CEO of OCTANe. "There is no question that Lowell Edwards had a tremendous impression on the healthcare landscape of this area, and it's an honor to remember his many contributions."

The award, which will be given out annually at OCTANe's Medical Device and Investor Forum, highlights an individual's lasting impact on developing the technology ecosystem in Orange County with the creation of new companies and jobs.

About OCTANe

OCTANe connects people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth in Orange County. Its members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. The organization has helped more than 800 companies via the LaunchPad™ SBDC accelerator. LaunchPad™ companies have received more than $420 million in investment and equity exits. OCTANe annually welcomes more than 7,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the Orange County region are OCTANe members. For more information, visit

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