Finalists Announced in 3rd Annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

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Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal host awards program recognizing innovation from emerging to established Capital Region entities.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Twenty-one innovations and the organizations that created them have been named finalists in the third annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal. Winners in eight categories will be revealed during an awards luncheon on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Sacramento Hilton Arden West.

A special “Innovation of the Year” award for Wide Open Walls — a Sacramento-based arts and mural festival founded by David Sobon in 2015 — will spotlight innovation beyond business and technology. Past recipients recognized for having a broad and profound impact on the greater Sacramento innovation community include Golden 1 Center and the University of California, Davis.

“We created the awards to celebrate our entrepreneurial economy in its entirety,” said Melissa Jones, program co-chair and managing partner of Stoel Rives’ California offices. “Wide Open Walls enhances our region’s growing reputation for being a diverse, innovative and creative place to live, work and play — it embodies the link between cultural values and economic markets.”

Joining 34 prior-year honorees are the 2018 Finalists:

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Atocera, Inc. – Microfabricated Blades
  • Tri Tool Inc. – TRIMAX Portable Pipe Machining Tool

Food & Agribusiness

Government & Civics

Hardware & Electronics

  • Chirp Microsystems, Inc. - A TDK Group Company – Ultrasonic 3D-Sensing Solutions
  • Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. – Hybrid and Electric Drivetrain Systems
  • TacSense – Flexible Iontronic Sensing Technology

Medical & Health – BioPharma

  • AnimalBiome – Gut Microbiome Assessments and Supplements for Dogs and Cats
  • Cognivive –Virtual Reality Game Treatment for Brain Injury Recovery

Medical & Health – MedTech



The November 1 awards luncheon begins at 11:30 am with a networking period and Innovation Showcase featuring displays from the finalists, followed by lunch and a formal program from noon to 1:30 pm. Individual tickets and table sponsorships may be reserved through the Sacramento Business Journal registration page.

The Selection Committee evaluated nearly 100 eligible* entries, which were judged on novelty, market need, economic or social impact, and disruption. Committee members are drawn from the area’s civic, business, academic and technology sectors.

The Sacramento Region Innovation Awards program was founded by Stoel Rives LLP and is facilitated by the firm’s attorneys and professional staff. Moss Adams LLP validates the voting process and the Sacramento Business Journal events division provides promotional and management services. “Champion” level sponsors Five Star Bank and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council hosted an All Nominees Reception on August 30, 2018, at The Urban Hive in Sacramento.

Learn more at and follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook at #SacInnov8Awards.

*The innovation must be created or a primary portion of the work on the innovation must have been performed by a Sacramento-region entity. Sacramento-region is defined as Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

About the Innovation Awards: Stoel Rives has celebrated innovative companies and their accomplishments since hosting the first Innovation Awards in Salt Lake City in 2002. Each consecutive year, the law firm has honored groundbreaking advancements from emerging to established businesses. In its commitment to foster the innovation ecosystem across its footprint, Stoel Rives has since expanded its Innovation Awards program to Boise, Idaho (2006) and Sacramento, California (2016). In 2017, the firm partnered with the Puget Sound Business Journal as a presenting sponsor of the publication’s inaugural innovation awards program in Seattle, Washington.

About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a leading U.S. corporate and litigation law firm. One of the largest national firms focused on energy, natural resources, climate change and the environment, Stoel Rives also serves the agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, life sciences, and technology industries. With more than 350 attorneys operating out of 10 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia, Stoel Rives is a leader in regulatory and compliance matters, and business, labor and employment, intellectual property, land use, and real estate development and construction law.

About Moss Adams LLP: With more than 2,600 professionals across 20-plus locations in the West and beyond, Moss Adams and its affiliates provide insight and expertise with specialized accounting, consulting, and wealth management services to help organizations and individuals gain traction, manage risk, and seize opportunity. For more information, visit Moss Adams LLP.

About the Sacramento Business Journal: The Sacramento Business Journal provides coverage on the latest in Sacramento business news, digitally and in print, and is an industry leader in our region for delivering breaking news to the business community. In addition, the Business Journal hosts a number of events each year to provide content relating to current news in a variety of industries. For more information, visit

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