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V-Empower, Inc. Tops Deloitte's Maryland Technology Fast 50 Ranking

Press Release Source: Baltimore Business Journal

V-Empower, Inc. Tops Deloitte's Maryland Technology Fast 50 Ranking of Fastest-Growing Technology Companies, With 9,268 Percent Growth Over Five Years
Tuesday October 2, 10:00 pm ET

Technology Fast 50 Business Diversity Awards Premier in 2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- V-Empower, Inc. tops the list of the fastest growing technology companies in Maryland as recognized by Deloitte & Touche LLP at an award event held October 2 at The Sequoia in Georgetown. Called the "Maryland Technology Fast 50," the annual award program ranks technology companies located in Maryland by revenue growth. The awards in Maryland and Virginia are sponsored by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, NASDAQ and SmartCEO Magazine.

"Deloitte's Maryland Technology Fast 50 companies have shown the strength, vision and tenacity to succeed in today's very competitive technology environment," said Mr. Gary H. Tabach, Managing Partner for Deloitte's Greater Washington Practice. "We applaud the successes of V-Empower, Inc. and acknowledge it as one of the very few to accomplish such an impressive growth rate over the past five years."

"The 2007 Maryland Fast 50 have experienced remarkable growth while competing with technology and life sciences companies in this global marketplace. Today, we congratulate the winning companies on their noteworthy accomplishments and continued growth," said Mr. William J. Perlstein, Co- Managing Partner of WilmerHale.

Winners are selected based on percentage revenue growth over five years from 2002 to 2006. To be considered, Technology Fast 50 entrants must: have operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 2002 and at least $5,000,000 in 2006; be headquartered in Maryland; be a "technology company," defined as a company that owns proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of its operating revenues; or devotes a significant proportion of revenues to the research and development of technology. Using other companies' technology in a unique way does not qualify. Subsidiaries and divisions are not eligible, unless they have some public ownership and are separately traded.

    The Technology Fast 50 company rankings are as follows:

    2007 Rank  Company Name                  City             5yr%
    1          V-Empower Inc.                Bowie           9268%
    2          NexTone Communications, Inc.  Gaithersburg    2812%
    3          Sourcefire, Inc.              Columbia        2263%
    4          VISICU, Inc.                  Baltimore       1993%
    5          BroadSoft, Inc.               Gaithersburg    1499%
    6          iBiquity Digital Corporation  Columbia        1045%
    7          Proteus Technologies, Inc.    Annapolis       1018%
    8          APC Wireless                  Rockville        991%
    9          Viamericas Corporation        Bethesda         845%
    10         iJET Intelligent Risk Systems Annapolis        722%
    11         InfoZen, Inc.                 Rockville        646%
    12         Human Genome Sciences, Inc.   Rockville        622%
    13         Welocalize Inc.               Frederick        582%
    14         EntreMed, Inc.                Rockville        514%
    15         Martek Biosciences
               Corporation                   Columbia         488%
    16         United Therapeutics
               Corporation                   Silver Spring    430%
    17         Paradigm Infotech, Inc.       Columbia         427%
    18         Cbay Systems and Services
               Inc.                          Annapolis        328%
    19         Systems Integration &
               Development, Inc.             Rockville        316%
    20         SP Systems, Inc.              Greenbelt        312%
    21         Catapult Technology, Ltd.     Bethesda         304%
    22         WealthEngine.com              Bethesda         302%
    23         NETCONN Solutions             Hagerstown       284%
    24         Vocus, Inc.                   Lanham           250%
    25         Tresys Technology, LLC        Columbia         243%
    26         TVI Corporation               Glenn Dale       225%
    27         Chesapeake Research Review,
               Inc.                          Columbia         221%
    28         Metastorm, Inc.               Baltimore        182%
    29         CNSI                          Rockville        181%
    30         Universal Security
               Instruments, Inc.             Owings Mills     176%
    31         Gryphon Technologies, LC      Greenbelt        174%
    32         Optelecom, Inc                Germantown       165%
    33         Barcoding Inc.                Baltimore        159%
    34         Advanced Concepts, Inc.       Columbia         151%
    35         Infinite Computer Solutions   Rockville        143%
    36         Integral Systems, Inc.        Lanham           129%
    37         GenVec, Inc.                  Gaithersburg     125%
    38         United Industrial Corp.       Hunt Valley      118%
    39         Dataprise, Inc.               Rockville        101%
    40         CoStar Group, Inc.            Bethesda         100%
    41         Advanced Broadband Solutions,
               Inc.                          Rockville         97%
    42         Emergent BioSolutions Inc.    Rockville         94%
    43         CSI Engineering, PC           Beltsville        91%
    44         MICROS Systems, Inc.          Columbia          82%
    45         OPNET Technologies, Inc.      Bethesda          70%
    46         NMR Consulting                Annapolis         66%
    47         Stratos Global Corp.          Bethesda          65%
    48         Spherix Incorporated          Beltsville        64%
    49         Savantage Solutions           Rockville         62%
    50         Ciena Corporation             Linthicum         56%

Also this year, Deloitte's 2007 Technology Fast 50 Awards program will premiere the Technology Fast 50 Business Diversity Awards. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Business Diversity Awards acknowledge the growing importance of an innovative group of local small technology businesses in Maryland and Virginia that are owned and managed by individuals classified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as having one or more of the following small business designations: Minority-Owned, Woman-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, Small Disadvantaged Business, and HUBZone.

    Companies receiving this award include (in rank order):

    1. Ideal Innovations
    2. Ecompex, Inc.
    3. PRO-telligent, LLC
    4. G&B Solutions, Inc.
    5. InfoZen, Inc.
    6. Access Systems, Inc.
    7. ConceptSolutions
    8. ActioNet, Inc.
    9. SP Systems, Inc.
    10. Catapult Technology, Ltd.

The Maryland Technology Fast 50 program is hosted by Deloitte & Touche LLP, along with WilmerHale, NASDAQ and SmartCEO magazine.


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About Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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