(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 19, 2018 – AKESOgen was recognized by the state of Georgia as a Small Business Rock Star today at a luncheon hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA).

“What an honor it is to celebrate Georgia’s Small Business Rock Stars during the state’s annual Small Business Week,” said Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Anytime that we can put a spotlight on Georgia’s small businesses is a win-win for the state. These companies keep our economy thriving, and help Georgia maintain its status as the No.1 state in the nation in which to do business.”

This year’s Small Business Rock Stars winners include: AKESOgen, Inc. from Gwinnett County; STRAND Clinical Technologies from Columbia County; Gottwals Books from Peach County and SouthLife Supply Co. from Thomas County.

“Genetics and understanding your own genetic makeup (DNA) is becoming pervasive in society, i.e. what makes you who you are. We are applying these new genetic technologies in fields such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as consumer genomics,” said Dr. Mark Bouzyk, Chief Scientific Officer at AKESOgen. “We are offering new precision medicine testing to understand outcomes and help identify which medicines make sense for the patient. For us to have grown this critical business we are deeply indebted to the outstanding support of GDEcD, Partnership Gwinnett, Georgia’s Innovation Crescent, the Georgia Research Alliance and GeorgiaBIO.”

This year’s winners have shown increases in revenue, sales, exporting, product lines, jobs and economic impact. Additionally, the Small Business Rock Stars have shown dedication to their entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a unique approach to conducting business to take them to the next level.

“Gwinnett County congratulates AKESOgen on this well-deserved recognition and thanks the company for its continued commitment to excellence and investment in our community,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “AKESOgen’s achievement is proof of what can result when a great company finds the right environment in which to flourish.”

Governor Nathan Deal declared March 19-23 as Georgia Small Business Week to celebrate the achievements made my small businesses throughout the state.

“Small business is a critical component of economic success here in Gwinnett and across our region,” said Nick Masino, Chief Economic Development Officer at Partnership Gwinnett. “We are proud of the work that AKESOgen does in the Gwinnett community and look forward to supporting them as they grow.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s small business efforts and outreach are directed by GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan.  To access more information about these programs and more visit www.georgia.org/rockstars and www.georgia.org/smallbusinessweek.

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About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play.

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