Aspera Wins 2014 East Bay Innovation Award

Aspera LogoRecognized for impact on the region and innovation in the category of Information and Communication Technology

EMERYVILLE, Calif.—Aspera, Inc., an IBM Company and creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed, has announced that it has received the 2014 East Bay Innovation Award for best innovation in Information and Communication Technology in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the region and significant advances in technology.

Once a year the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) in partnership with the San Francisco Business Times presents the annual East Bay Innovation Awards to cutting-edge businesses that are making the East Bay one of the preeminent regions of innovation in the U.S.

Aspera’s patented high-speed data transfer solutions have helped organizations in the region and across the world operate and collaborate more effectively on a global scale, fostering innovation and enabling new business models. In less than 10 years, the company has successfully grown from the two founders to over 160 employees with offices worldwide. Now part of the IBM Software Group, Aspera will retain its name and East Bay headquarters and continue to grow and deliver breakthrough products and solutions, backed by their world-class services and support teams.

Other companies receiving recognition included Kaiser Permanente, Youth Radio, Boehringer Ingleheim, Soraa, Techbridge, Meyer Sound, Back to the Roots, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland.

“These companies and organizations are models in the region for others who want to create jobs and grow the East Bay economy,” said Keith Carson, chairman of the East Bay EDA Board of Directors and Alameda County Supervisor. “The East Bay EDA is proud to play a role in highlighting their work.”

“We are tremendously honored to have received this award,” said Michelle Munson, Aspera CEO and co-founder. “Aspera was founded in Berkeley, our first employee was a graduate of the University of California, and we will continue to draw on the talent, resources, and support in the East Bay to create fundamental solutions that advance all aspects of digital data movement.”

About the East Bay EDA
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is a public-private partnership serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The East Bay EDA’s mission is to establish the region as a world-recognized location to grow businesses, attract capital and create quality jobs. To learn more about East Bay EDA, visit:

About Aspera
Aspera, an IBM Company, is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Based on its patented, Emmy®award-winning FASPâ„¢ protocol, Aspera software fully utilizes existing infrastructures to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer experience. Aspera’s core technology delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets. Please visit and follow us on Twitter @asperasoft for more information.

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