Winners Celebrated in 2017 Puget Sound Business Journal Innovation Awards

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Stoel Rives is presenting sponsor of inaugural awards program that recognizes innovative Seattle-area companies and their breakthrough discoveries 

SEATTLE, Wash. — Stoel Rives is proud to have served as the 2017 Presenting Sponsor of the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) Innovation Awards. Eleven area companies were acknowledged on February 15 in Seattle for their contribution to the area’s vibrant innovation community and breakthrough creations. Included was Innovator of the Year, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 

The other 2017 PSBJ Innovation Award winners were: Aerospace: Blue Origin; Banking & Finance: Remitly, Inc.; Education:; Food & Beverage: Schilling Cider; Health Care: VICIS; Nonprofit: Orion Industries; Professional Services: Avalara; Real Estate: Microsoft; Retail: REI; Technology: Kymeta; and Travel & Hospitality: The Bellevue Collection. 

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 celebrated new and exciting developments from businesses. In its commitment to foster innovation across the country, Stoel Rives has since expanded its Innovation Awards program to Boise, Idaho and Sacramento, California. In 2017, the firm partnered with the PSBJ as a presenting sponsor of the publication’s inaugural award. 

“We’re excited to continue fostering innovation in our region,” said Vanessa Soriano Power, the Stoel Rives Office Managing Partner in Seattle. “Seattle has an impressive start-up scene, as well as new technologies and advancements contributed by established companies. We are honored to take part in acknowledging these trailblazing companies.” 

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, environmental law and climate change, 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, business, labor and employment law, intellectual property, land use, real estate development and construction law. For more information, follow us @stoelrives or visit

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