Winners at the San Diego EY Entrepreneur of the Year gala on June 7 pose for a photo with their awards.

Winners at the San Diego EY Entrepreneur of the Year gala on June 7 pose for a photo with their awards.

Five San Diego leaders were named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year at a June 7 awards ceremony at the Fairmont Grand Del Marh hosted by the local office of the consulting agency.

The program annually recognizes local leaders for their innovation, financial performance and commitment to their businesses and communities.

A panel of independent judges made up of previous award winners, CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders, selected the finalists, EY said.

This year's local winners:

Kevin Gorman, CEO, Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. (life sciences category)

Pieter van Rooyen, cofounder, president and CEO, Edico Genome (technology)

Helen Torley, CEO, Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (operational excellence)

Mark Gleiberman, founder and CEO, MG Properties Group (real estate and hospitality)

Tim Gleeson, chairman and CEO, Novasyte LLC (services)

EY has recognized more than 10,000 business leaders globally since the inception of the program more than 30 years ago. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program, the winners of which then compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

Prior winners from the San Diego area include Qualcomm's Irwin Jacobs, Illumina's Jay Flately, Resmed's Peter Farrell and Great Call's David Inns.

Also honored at the June 7 event was Rory Moore, who runs the Southern California incubator EvoNexus. He received a special award as a Supporter of Entrepreneurship.