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80 Gulf Coast Emerging Technology Companies Positioned for Investment Join us for the largest presentation of startup technology companies in the Gulf Coast region

Join us for the largest presentation of startup technology companies in the Gulf Coast region (October 13, 2009)

HOUSTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator that assists Houston-based emerging technology companies, will host the largest presentation of Gulf Coast emerging technology companies from the Life Science, Energy, Information Technology, Nanotechnology and Aerospace industries during its Gulf Coast Innovation Conference & Showcase on October 21.

This mega event will include presentations from 80 early and mid-stage technology companies, highlighting research, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization. Presenting companies are invited to exhibit at the event showcase as well and include:

-- Houston Technology Center client and graduate companies -- Gulf Coast companies featuring technology from 12 participating academic and research institutions -- Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) awardees from the Gulf Coast

Governor Rick Perry will attend to announce new ETF awardees. Robert Peebler, CEO of ION, is the afternoon keynote speaker and HTC Chairman, Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., will present the 2009 HTC client company graduates. Two expert panels will feature university leaders and entrepreneurs:

University Leaders: The President's Panel

Moderator: Dr. Mae Jemison, Former astronaut, CEO of BioSentient Corp. and Founder, The Jemison Group

-- Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor, University of Houston System, President, University of Houston -- David W. Leebron, President, Rice University -- Dr. John Mendelsohn, President, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Entrepreneurship Panel: Entrepreneurship, Driving Successful Commercialization

Moderator: Catherine Mosbacher, President and CEO, Center for Houston's Future

-- Kathy Hogenson, President and CEO, Zone Energy -- Eric Pulaski, Founder and CEO, SmartVault Corp. -- Richard M. Scruggs, CEO, Salient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

"This event highlights the hundreds of local entrepreneurs that the HTC has worked with over the past 10 years," said Walter Ulrich, president and CEO of the HTC. "The important growth of these emerging technology companies has brought job creation and significant economic development to the Greater Houston region, something that is especially important today in light of an uncertain economy."

Platinum sponsors of this year's showcase and conference include Gallery Furniture and Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF) of Texas, PC.

Individual tickets are $150. For more information about the event, please visit:

About the Houston Technology Center

The Houston Technology Center (HTC) is a non-profit business accelerator that assists Houston-based emerging technology companies within several key sectors: Energy, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology and NASA/Aerospace technologies. HTC also serves as the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, providing funding for small to mid-size companies to expedite the commercialization of new technologies. For more information, visit

Media Contacts: Deena Carstens Sarah Miller Houston Technology Center Pierpont Communications, Inc. (832) 476-9235 (713) 627-2223, ext. 1155

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