The Connect Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals who have achieved distinction for founding, leading, and/or advancing a San Diego life sciences or technology-based business organization. Honorees have contributed to our region individually, and through their organizations, to the business sectors that shape our local economy. As Connect’s highest honor, the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame celebrates these individual success stories that continue to inspire future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Inductees by Year:

2019 — David Hale, Hale BioPharma Ventures
2018 — Mark Dankberg, ViaSat
2017 — Jay Flatley, Illumina
2016 — Dr. Magda Marquet & Dr. Francois Ferre, Althea Technologies
2015 — Andrew Viterbi, Qualcomm
2014 — Peter Farrell, ResMed
2013 — Ron Taylor, Pyxis
2012 — Ted Greene, Hybritech
2011 — Gene Ray, The Titan Corporation
2010 — Peter Preuss, Integrated Software Systems Corporation (ISSCO)
2009 — Linden Blue & Neal Blue, General Atomics
2008 — Robert J. Beyster, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
2007 — William Rastetter, IDEC Pharmaceuticals/Biogen Idec
2006 (November) — Ivor Royston, Hybritech
2006 (February) — Walter J. Zable, Cubic Corporation
2005 — Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm