EY Announces, Confirm Biosciences Inc. CEO, Zeynep Ilgaz Is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award Finalist in San Diego

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EY today announced that Zeynep ilgaz, Founder, President & CEO of Confirm Biosciences Inc. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in San Diego. Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

With many great opportunities for small businesses, such as government grants, contracts for women-owned businesses, and less bureaucracy, I was ready to start the Company in 2008

EY today announced that Zeynep ilgaz, Founder, President & CEO of Confirm Biosciences Inc. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in San Diego. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Zeynep Ilgaz was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 18, 2015 at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

Confirm Biosciences is a leading provider of drug and alcohol testing products and services for the consumer and employee screening market. The Company is also the maker of Hairconfirm™, the first over the counter hair drug testing kit available nationwide. Confirm Biosciences was founded in 2008 with the desire to fight substance abuse among teenagers, and eventually started serving the workplace drug testing industry. Giving back has been at the center of the Company and parts of the proceeds of sales are used for giving back to homeless and youth shelters in the community.

A first generation immigrant from Turkey, Mrs. Ilgaz and her husband Serhat Pala came to America 16 years ago from Turkey with nothing but two suitcases, a love for each other, and their shared passion for entrepreneurship. For them, the USA was a beacon of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“With many great opportunities for small businesses, such as government grants, contracts for women-owned businesses, and less bureaucracy, I was ready to start the Company in 2008” Mrs. Ilgaz said. “Teamwork has been the guiding principle of our growth all along. Teamwork with my husband, who serves as an advisor, and teamwork with our wonderful team at Confirm Biosciences, which I like to call the extended part of our family," she continued.

Confirm Biosciences Inc. was honored to be named to both the 2013 and 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

“I am honored, humbled and grateful to be a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award. And without our passionate team members who truly embody the Company's entrepreneurial spirit, this honor would not be possible," said Mrs. Ilgaz. " This program has also given me a chance to meet impressive fellow entrepreneurs and talented EY employees, and I am thankful and honored, thank you to EY for the recognition,” she continued.

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners move forward to compete for the EY Entrepreneur Of the Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

In San Diego, sponsors include: Barney & Barney (a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Co.), Union Bank, The Daily Transcript, Merrill Datasite, Scherzer International, Cresa, Chase Bank, and Allison+Partners.

About Confirm Biosciences
Confirm Biosciences is a leading provider of drug and alcohol testing products and services for the consumer and employee screening market. Confirm Biosciences proprietary products include HairConfirm™ , Drugconfirm ™ , Salivaconfirm ™ , and SteroidConfirm ™ .
By bringing both laboratory testing and point of care testing to the consumer and workplace through innovation and product development, Confirm Biosciences is a leader in the commercialization of substance abuse screening technologies.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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. Follow news on Twitter @EY_EOY #EOYSD.

About EY
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