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Three Alameda Companies Nominated for Innovation Awards

Three Alameda companies have been nominated for innovation awards through a program run by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

Three Alameda companies have been nominated for innovation awards through a program run by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

Abbott Diabetes Care, Deep Ocean Exploration & Research and Natel Energy, all headquartered in Alameda, have been named finalists for East Bay Economic Development Alliance Innovation Awards.

According to the Alliance’s website, the organization partners with the San Francisco Business times to “celebrate and award companies that most contribute to the East Bay’s culture of innovation.” Sixteen companies in eight categories are in contention for awards.

Abbott is a finalist in the Life Sciences category, Deep Ocean Exploration in the Engineering and Design category, and Natel Energy in the Clean Tech category, setting up local businesses for a hat trick of awards, one in each of three categories.

“All of us at Abbott Diabetes Care unit are honored to be considered for this award,” said Robert Ford, Senior Vice President, Abbott Diabetes Care. “We are committed to providing the most innovative and state-of-the-art technologies to help people with diabetes all around the globe. Being located in Alameda has fostered this commitment by helping us to attract and retain the best talent from all across the globe to a community that is recognized worldwide for revolutionary ideas and thinking.”

“While our work takes us around the world, we are happy to be in Alameda,” said Liz Taylor, President of Deep Ocean Exploration & Research. “Having a working waterfront location in the heart of the Bay Area allows us to collaborate with a broad range of highly skilled and creative people, businesses, and clients. It has been the perfect home for our subsea robotics and submersible business.”

“This nomination is an honor for all of us at Natel,” said Gia Schneider, Chairman and CEO of Natel Energy. “It means a lot to everyone at the company to be recognized for our hard work and the advancements we have made in the cost effectiveness of sustainable hydropower. Being located in Alameda has been a key part of our success, enabling us to expand our manufacturing and assembly space to support our new projects in Oregon and Chile.”

Winners will be announced Thursday, February 19th, at a gala event at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

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