SBANE announced HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) as the winner of 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Awards

WALTHAM, MA - The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) announced HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) as the winner of the prestigious 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Awards at the May 6th Evening of Innovation program held at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts.

"The New England Innovation Awards showcases the best innovative companies in our region who possess the most explosive growth potential to expand our economic base. The health of the New England Economy depends upon the creative forces of innovation to drive capital formation and job creation," said SBANE President, Robert Baker.

Past winners of the award include companies such as Staples, iRobot and Genzyme.

"As is the case each and every year, the task of selecting our finalists from a pool of over 175 nominees is an arduous one, with this year being no exception," said SBANE's New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President of The Faber Group. "HALO exemplifies what SBANE considers true industry agnostic innovation and we are delighted that they have joined an exclusive group of tremendous companies and organizations from throughout New England in SBANE's 'Circle of Excellence'."

"It is truly an honor to have been selected for the 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Award," said HMDS CEO Paul Jensen, "and a real testament to the important and innovative work being done by the team of engineers at our Technology Center in Newton, New Hampshire."

Chief Operating Officer and Head of Engineering, Eric Johnson, added, "Receiving the award is another milestone in our quest to extend physical security to the waterside and prevent attacks like that inflicted on the USS Cole from ever happening again."

About SBANE:

The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region. SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies. The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.

About HALO:

HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) provides state-of-the-art, floating Security Barrier Systems to protect strategic maritime assets like ports, naval bases, nuclear power plants, oil and gas facilities and other critical infrastructure. The HALO™ barrier represents a new type of security barrier system employing advanced composite materials and designed to provide systems that are by-design effective, low maintenance and eco-friendly. HALO™ is not a line of demarcation but rather a formidable, stable deterrent that physically denies access to vital maritime assets. Perimeter security begins at the sea.

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