On Thursday, CONNECT continued its tradition of honoring San Diego leaders who have achieved distinction over the years for founding, leading or advancing a San Diego life sciences or technology-based business or organization by inducting Ron Taylor, co-founder of Pyxis Corporation, into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. He is the 11th entrepreneurial leader to be inducted. Past honorees include Irwin Jacobs, Walter Zable, Ivor Royston, William Rastetter, J. Robert Beyster, Neal Blue, Linden Blue, Peter Preuss, Gene Ray and Howard “Ted” Greene. Honorees are selected and inducted into the CONNECT Hall of Fame by the Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised of a select group of San Diego business and academic leaders.
CONNECT supports the development of the high tech and life sciences clusters in the San Diego region by providing companies the resources needed to launch and accelerate commercialization. Through its programs designed to help companies, entrepreneurs, academic and research institutions, investors and professional service providers in the region, the organization continually works towards its mission to build the innovative, entrepreneurial capacity of San Diego. As the co-founder of Pyxis Corporation, a company that revolutionized safe, accurate and automated drug dispensing in hospitals across the country, Ron Taylor represents the type of exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, risk-taking and wide-spread impact the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award honors.
Ron Taylor co-founded Pyxis Corporation in 1987. What started as a small start-up company grew to a highly-profitable, publically listed company with more than 1500 employees. Under Taylor’s leadership, Pyxis set a new standard for the safe and accurate delivery of drugs through its Medstation: an automated drug distribution technology and service systems platform. The Pyxis Medstation was originally created for the safe delivery of narcotics, but the system proved to be so effective, its use expanded to distribution of medications and supplies of all kinds. By implementing the Medstation, nurses and clinicians experienced accurate, streamlined workflow, leading to reduced manual error, time and cost. The system modernized safe medication management, transforming the care process at both the patient and clinician level.
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