2014 Awardee: Rajendra Sadhu, Founder and CEO, VESAG Health, Inc.,
Mr. Rajendra Sadhu immigrated to USA from India in 1997. He worked at reputed companies like IBM Global Services, US Steel, and Verizon Wireless in New Jersey for over a decade. He holds a MBA from Rutgers business school and Master’s in computer sciences.
In 2010 he quit his job and travelled to India to take care of his parents. He started thinking about monitoring his parent’s health remotely, a major concern for all immigrants and many people who are working away from their parents. He came up with an idea of smart watch for health VESAG® and applied for patents in USPTO, India and China which were issued in 2013. He developed the first prototype of health smart watch in 2010 November and exhibited at mHealth summit in Washington DC. The product was launched in February 2011.
He received numerous awards for his innovation including a gold medal from government of India, winner of NJTC innovation competition, Amazing Indian and incredible innovator of 2014 from Times of India. The VESAG watch is now available in at least 18 countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China, USA, Lebanon, Jamaica and Dubai. In USA, the plan is to be available with Verizon and Sprint wireless connectivity and various other distributors.
Under his leadership VESAG Health Inc. has grown into a business conglomerate and he continues to be the source of inspiration as a mentor and guide for all the employees in the company. He is the driving force behind the company’s strategy & initiatives. He is passionate about Innovative technology, global business, research & development and ensures that he applies his knowledge and skills for business expansion and customer satisfaction.
2013 Awardee: John T. Lau, President, Appliedinfo Partners
John T. Lau came to this country from Hong Kong, China by boat in 1963. He was educated as a physicist and co-founded Appliedinfo Partners, Inc. with his wife, Betty Lau, in 1990. Together they have 2 children: Cheryl, age 28, with an MBA from the University of Chicago, working as a consultant in NYC, and Brian, age 30, employed as Manager of Federal Business Development at Appliedinfo. The company started out as a software development vendor and grew into an industry leader in multimedia communication and technology integration. Eight years ago, the D2 TEAM-Sim Training Division was created to provide interactive training solutions for the U.S. Army, which is the largest training organization in the world, by using in-house developed 2D/3D simulation and multimedia capabilities. The company’s new software product, Distributed Instruction Framework (DIF), was developed as a state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia instruction platform, that allows for enterprise collaboration of online training development.
In July of 2013, Appliedinfo was awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to deploy this software product to 30+ Army Schoolhouses around the country. This browser-based software is easy to use and can be updated by soldiers and non-technical staff. During 2013, a year of government shutdown, sequestration, and budget cuts, the company’s solution offers the government inexpensive ways to produce up-to-date and engaging training contents. These capabilities directly support government claims that information that is current and can be rapidly updated significantly improves mission success and ultimately the saving of soldiers’ lives. This project is one of the Department of Defense’s first efforts that allows government employees to design and develop online Distributed Learning contents better, faster, and cheaper in a cloud-based authoring environment. In the near future, Appliedinfo Partners is well positioned to market this technology to higher education and enterprise corporations as well.