As applications for the 2009 Inc. 500 | 5000 arrive, we thought it would be worthwhile to shine a spotlight on some of the companies that are vying to appear on our ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. (For more information and to apply, go to One that caught our eye was Louisville, Kentucky-based Emergint Technologies.

The workload should remain steady for Gil Delgado, President and CEO of Emergint, as long as there are uncured diseases and bioterrorism is still a threat to the United States. His healthcare research consulting company provides services to government groups like the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control. Typically, Emergint helps in collecting and integrating data as well as streamlining systems for greater efficiency.

The government is a customer that keeps coming back, says Delgado, especially when it comes to health issues. "They are faced with new challenges all of the time. There are always new diseases and new drug resistant viruses," he says, "So their need is constant."

When Delgado started the company in 1999, he was working alone. Starting out, he controlled almost all decision-making, from finding clients to replacing the office paper towels. But now that Emergint is almost a decade old, Delgado has much more support--with a staff of 211--and is able to focus on his long-term vision for the company.

And he's got big things in mind. Delgado's company isn't exactly young, but it is growing quickly. That's why he chose to apply for the Inc. 500|5000 this year.

"We are growing to a point where we need to compete with larger and larger companies," he says, "If our clients see us as a fast growing company, that visibility and recognition could only help us."