2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

Speaking Engagement
DoubleTree Hotel - 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA

Join us for the inaugural Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP with support from Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal. This event will recognize finalists and spotlight winners in 6 industry sectors. Nominees are judged on novelty, market need, economic impact and disruption. Attend the awards luncheon to celebrate pioneering innovations and the local talent behind new products, services and processes.

The Innovation Awards is also excited to announce that Golden 1 Center, the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, will receive a special “Innovation of the Year” award at the event. The arena will be the most sustainable and technologically advanced arena in the world. Accepting the award on behalf of the Kings, President Chris Granger will give a keynote speech at the luncheon, highlighting the arena’s impact on the surrounding community and its industry-leading commitments to sustainability, technology innovation and local industry.

The awards program is co-chaired by California Managing Partner Melissa Jones, and Corporate Partner Chris Russell. Selection Committee liaisons include Sylvia Arostegui, Matt Bethards, and Phillip Wang.  

Innovation is thriving in the Sacramento region! #SacInnov8Awards

Friday, November 4th
11:30am - Noon Networking
Noon - 1:30pm Lunch & Awards Program
DoubleTree Hotel - 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento

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9/20 Introducing The 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards Finalists

5/31 Stoel Rives Opens Nomination Period for Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

2016 Finalists

Advanced Manufacturing

  • BOLT STAR by Construction Innovations LLC
  • Watercraft Manufacturing by Free Form Factory Inc. 

Food and Agribusiness

  • Automated Irrigation Advisor by Tule Technologies
  • Radio Frequency Pasteurizer by RF Biocidics
  • RAPID Kit by Astrona Biotechnologies 

Hardware & Electronics

  • Linkbot by Barobo, Inc.
  • GPS Real-Time Network (CSDS RTN) by California Surveying & Drafting Supply
  • SenCam by Senworth 

Medical and Health Technologies & Services - supported by MedStart

  • B. infantis by Evolve Biosystems
  • Osteo-P HCCP by Molecular Matrix, Inc.*
  • ViVita Process & ViVita BP by ViVita Technologies, Inc. 


  • DialSource by DialSource, Inc.
  • The Risk Number by Riskalyze
  • Wyndow by Wyndow 


  • FastOx Gasifier by Sierra Energy
  • Pipeline Leak Detection by Electro Scan Inc.
  • TdX 20 by Bluon Energy 

*Edited 9/23: Innovation name updated by company

Selection Committee 

The Selection Committee consists of leaders from the Sacramento region’s technology, business and academic communities.


  • Steve Mills, Partner, DCA Capital Partners
  • Gino DiCaro, VP of Communications, California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA)
  • Tony Lopez, Vice President of Operations, Pride Industries
  • John Krueger, Executive VP, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council 


  • Kristy Levings, Director, AgStart
  • Joe Schmidt, Senior VP Business Development & Strategy, BioConsortia, Inc.
  • Ana Klein, VP & CFO, Sunsweet Growers Inc.
  • Julie Morris, Director of Technology Innovation, World Food Center at UC Davis
  • Trish Kelley, Senior Vice President, Valley Vision
  • Helen Singmaster, General Counsel, Raley's
  • Ryan Sharp, Associate Director, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Ashish Malik, CEO, Bee Vectoring Technologies International, Inc.
  • Melissa Jones, Office Managing Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison] 


  • Harry Laswell, CEO, Powerhouse Science Center
  • Binda Mangat, President/CEO, Quorum Technologies, Inc.
  • Amit Gattani, Senior Director of Segment Marketing, Embedded Solutions Group,Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Norman White, Senior Attorney, Intel
  • Robb Moore, CEO, ioSafe
  • Tim Keller, Project Coordinator, Area 52 / Sierra Energy
  • Philip Wang, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison] 


  • Robert Groth, VP Program Development, Social Interest Solutions
  • John Mesic, M.D., Physician Executive, Sutter Health Valley Area
  • Cary Adams, JD, CEO, MedForce Accelerator / Almond Tree Capital
  • Claire Pomeroy, M.D., MBA, President and CEO, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Former Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Warren Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, California State University, Sacramento
  • Simon Cherry, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, University of California, Davis
  • Howard Bubb, CEO, SARTA
  • Chris Wood, Senior Director, Mercy Neurological Institute , Dignity Health
  • Chris Gresens, M.D., Senior Medical Director and Vice President of Global Medicine , BloodSource
  • Dushyant Pathak, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Office of Research, ED Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
  • Matt Phillips, Director, MedStart, Social Interest Solutions
  • Meg Arnold, Principal, GSD Consulting
  • Matt Bethards, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison] 


  • Roger Akers, Managing Partner, Akers Capital LLC
  • Laura Good, Consultant, Laura Good Consulting Services
  • Vaibhav Nadgauda, Partner, Moneta Ventures
  • Corley Phillips, Director, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Kim Box, Director, American River Bank
  • John Peters, Angel Investor
  • Sylvia Arostegui, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison] 


  • Todd Lindstrom, CEO, Enable Energy
  • Gary Simon, Chairman, CleanStart, Inc.
  • Nicole England, Teichert Construction
  • Erica Manuel, Manager: Community, Economic Development & Education, SMUD
  • John Bissell, CEO, Micromidas, Inc.
  • Chris Russell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP [non-voting liaison]

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