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FloridaWest is celebrating two of our innovative companies— Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems(IRIS) and AppRiver —who have been named to Inc. Magazine’s 2017 list of the 500/5000 fastest growing, privately held companies in America.  These companies account for 275 jobs headquartered in our region and represent over $75M in sales.
CO:LAB client  IRI S , the industry leader in early detection systems for diabetic eye disease, premieres on the Inc. 500 list at #459 with an astounding 955% sales growth in the past three years. The IRIS retinal telemedicine platform was developed to help end preventable, permanent blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy through early diagnosis.
“As we broaden our efforts to develop the next generation of solutions and reach even more patients, we are pleased to be recognized by Inc . as one of the country’s 500 fastest growing private companies,” said IRIS CEO Jason Crawford.
CO:LAB , a program of FloridaWest EDA , supported by Pensacola State College, is Pensacola’s business incubator and growth accelerator.
Only the second Florida-based company to ever achieve this milestone, AppRiver makes the Inc. 5000 list for the eleventh consecutive year. The Gulf Breeze-based company is an industry leading cloud cybersecurity and productivity solutions provider and boasted 66% growth to land at No. 4111, a jump up from last year’s ranking.
“These companies represent the innovation and creativity that the entrepreneurs of Northwest Florida are known for,” said FloridaWest CEO Scott Luth, “These companies create jobs and a diverse economy where innovation can thrive. We celebrate their achievement and look forward to their continued success.”
The 2017 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at