Irvine/Orange County Ranked 3rd Best U.S. City for MedTech Innovation

The medical device industry in Orange County is anchored by firms such as Abbott, Edwards Lifesciences,Carefusion, and drug- and device-maker Allergan. The workforce in the area is talented thanks to universities such as University of California, Irvine; and nearby UCLA and USC. While the region is home to one of the strongest hubs in the country, a growing number of firms are questioning whether the challenging business climate in the region might…

OCTANe Elects James McCluney as New Chairman of the Board

Former CEO of Emulex Corporation will lead OCTANe’s mission to help grow the technology ecosystem in Orange County

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 5, 2014OCTANe, the Orange County startup accelerator dedicated to connecting people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth and create jobs, today announced the appointment of James McCluney as non-executive chairman of the board for the organization.

As chairman…

OCTANe LaunchPad Company EmiSense Success Story

EmiSense has been an OCTANs member since 2009, and was a LaunchPad participant in 2010. EmiSense innovates sensors for clean combustion.  Clean combustion is making a huge impact on improving air quality, sustainability, and energy independence. Clean combustion means high efficiency, low emissions, and fuel adaptivity (fossil, bio, syn, etc.).  The key enabler of clean combustion is advanced sensors.  EmiSense is focused on emissions sensors, enabling smart, fast, closed-loop controls.…

The Tufts Centre for the Study of Drug Development Issues its R&D Report on Adaptive Design Trials

The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) has published its R&D Executive Management Brief on ‘The Adoption and Impact of Adaptive Trial Designs’. The report, sponsored by Aptiv Solutions, is the output from an executive roundtable held in February 2013.  The roundtable was attended by senior executives from over 20 companies, including 11 of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies, as well as representative from the FDA and a…

OCTANe’s LaunchPadTM SBDC Named Top Accelerator by socalTECH.com

socalTECH.com provides up-to-date news and information about high tech companies in Southern California, including interviews, a calendar of local events, and a database of technology firms in the region. socalTECH has been dedicated to promoting the technology industry in Southern California since 1998, and provides the most in-depth, up-to-date, and focused view of high tech in the Southern California area.

In its recently published Southern California Accelerator Report Card: Q1 2013, OCTANe LaunchPad

OCTANe Names Christina Alexopoulos as Director of New Business Development

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., March 11, 2013OCTANe, the Orange County startup accelerator dedicated to connecting people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth, today announced the addition of Christina Alexopoulos as director of new business development. 

In her new role for OCTANe, Alexopoulos will be responsible for outreach efforts and recruiting new sponsors and members for the organization. She will also oversee the relationships…

M2Catalyst and OCTANe Bring Industry Leaders, Startups and Investors to Orange County for Inaugural OC Mobile Conference on March 19, 2013

First Annual Event Provides Valuable Insight From Top Opinion Leaders on the Future of Mobile Markets

ALISO VIEJO, CA–(Marketwire – Mar 5, 2013) – M2Catalyst, a prominent Orange County-based mobile technology developer, and OCTANe, the Orange County startup accelerator dedicated to connecting people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth, have teamed up to host the first annual OC Mobile Conference this month. Ericsson Vice President and…

LaunchPadTM Spotlight Company: Bioniz

If someone asked Nazli Azimi, Ph.D., how she was able to build her company without knowing a soul in California, she would share one word: “OCTANe.”

An academic at heart with a background in cancer research and immunology from the National Institutes of Health or NIH, Dr. Azimi made the trek to California with the idea of creating her own company developing drugs to treat auto-immune diseases. “I wanted to…

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