Ocean Aero Selected as a Winner of CONNECT’s 28th Annual Most Innovative New Product Awards SUBMARAN Wins Aerospace, Security, & Cyber Technologies Category

SAN DIEGO (December 2, 2015) – Today, Ocean Aero announced that thesSubmaran™, has been selected as a winner in the Aerospace, Security, & Cyber Technologies Category at CONNECT’s 28th Annual Most Innovative New Product Awards. CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, annually hosts this prestigious competition, which begins in each year in the spring and culminates in the awards ceremony in December, to recognize and laud groundbreaking products released within the last 18 months from San Diego-based innovation companies.

Ocean Aero was selected for their work on the Submaran™, an unmanned underwater and surface vessel (UUSV). The Submaran is a unique, highly ruggedized, and completely powered by wind and solar-energy. The vessel’s self-powered payload can be configured with a wide variety of sensor and observational systems to provide essential information to science, academic, commercial and government organizations. The Submaran is easy to deploy and is the only unmanned, underwater, surface vessel (UUSV) of its type capable of both extended surface and subsurface operation.

CEO and President, Eric Patten, gave a quick speech and thanked his tireless and outstanding team of engineers and support staff at the MIP Awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Patten later noted, “Ocean Aero is incredibly honored to receive this award, especially considering the competitive field of finalists.” He added, “This award validates the massive potential of the Submaran for the Ocean Aero team.”

Winners were selected from the following eight categories: Aerospace, Security & Cyber Technologies, Cleantech, Communications & IT, Life Science Diagnostics & Research Tools, Mobile Apps, Pharmaceutical Drugs & Medical Devices, Software & Digital Media and Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies. Each of the winners were recognized last night, December 1, at the 2015 Most Innovative New Product Awards presentation and dinner.

For a complete list of winners and additional information, please visit the CONNECT blog.

Ocean Aero (www.oceanaero.us), a San Diego based engineering company, epitomizes the next generation in unmanned ocean systems with the development of an autonomous, highly persistent, energy scavenging, and solar/wind powered unmanned vessel. The “Submaran”, a new class of Unmanned Underwater, Surface Vessel (UUSV), takes the best of both of surface and subsurface vessels and combines them into a completely new, transformable, self-propelling body, capable of long missions in extreme conditions.

Ocean Aero Media Contact: Meg Patten

CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.