Scott Phillips wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Pacific Technology category

Scott and Fiona Phillips

September 30, 2017  (Victoria, BC) –  Scott Phillips, won the Technology category of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Pacific Awards award ceremony held last night in Vancouver BC. In July EY named 27 finalists across nine categories. Phillips was selected in the Technology category.

Phillips is the founder & CEO of StarFish Medical, Canada’s largest medical device design, development and contract manufacturing company and CEO of ViVitro Labs, the world’s leader in cardiovascular device testing equipment and services.

Phillips is quick to acknowledge his organization, “To me, the award is a team award for what we’ve achieved together because StarFish and ViVitro are really about team effort. I’m grateful to EY for such a great honour. This award is recognized around the world. I’ve already received congratulations from 9 countries.”


StarFish enables medtech innovators overcome challenging technology obstacles to create breakthrough products that improve health and save lives. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a team working on one project at a time to a national, diverse professional organization with clients around the world. In 2012, Scott asked his team, “what would amazing would look like in 5 years?” and have since hit every target set that day including growing revenues from $5M to $20M and exceeding profitability targets.

Scott Phillips holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to starting StarFish, he worked in diverse areas such as lithium battery development and manufacturing, UV spectroscopy instrumentation and hi-fi audio speakers. Under his leadership StarFish has grown into a diverse professional organization with clients around the world and 100% focus on medical devices.

Scott is a Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2017 recipient of the VIATEC Technology Champion award, board member of LifeSciences British Columbia, and volunteers with Junior Achievement, Entrepreneurs Organization (current Learning Head of the Victoria BC Chapter), UBC and Life Sciences BC (current Chairman of the Medtech Committee).

About StarFish Medical

StarFish Medical is a full service Medical Device Design company with design, development, and manufacturing services. We use our Pathfinder™ process to reduce wasted effort and increase success for medical device product definition, technical engineering, and product development. Prototype and volume production are delivered within an ISO 13485 certified Quality Management System and an FDA registered manufacturing and clean room facility.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

The 2017 Pacific region independent judging panel consists of Charles Chang, President and Founder, Lyra Growth Partners; Ashley Cooper, President, Paladin Security; Cathy Thorpe, President, Nurse Next Door; Debi Hewson, President and CEO, Odlum Brown Ltd.; Shannon Rogers, Vice President and General Counsel, Global Relay; Bill Tam, President, BC Technology Industry Association; and Lisa Shields, CEO, FI.SPAN Services Inc.


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