Winners Named in 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

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Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal serve as presenters of awards program that recognizes innovations from emerging to established Capital Region entities.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Winners of the second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards were announced today during a luncheon hosted by program organizers Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal. Six winners and 10 finalists were recognized during the ceremony, held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

The awards program recognizes recent business innovations in six categories, honoring the people and organizations that advance new products, services and processes from the regional economy. The 2017 winners are:

Advanced Manufacturing: CNC Machining Processes & Educational Platform by Titans of CNC

Food and Agribusiness: VOC-based Citrus Disease Detection by XTB Laboratories

Hardware and Electronics: ADS1000 NVMe Storage Network by Apeiron Data Systems, Inc.

Medical and Health Technologies & Services: Automated Data Entry Process Technology (ADEPT) by Applied Science, Inc.

Software: Government Fraud Detection as a Service (FDaaS) by Pondera Solutions

Sustainability: Tenkiv Solar Thermal Water Treatment Solutions by Tenkiv, Inc.

The program’s Steering Committee also recognized University of California, Davis as the 2017 “Innovation of the Year” honoree, spotlighting the university’s role as champion of regional innovation and entrepreneurship. Chancellor Gary S. May accepted the award on behalf of the university and provided keynote remarks regarding the campus’ new strategic planning effort. Last year’s top award went to Golden 1 Center, the one-year-old home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the world’s most sustainable and technologically advanced sports arena. Kings public address announcer Scott Moak served as master of ceremonies for the luncheon this year.

“Opportunities are flourishing for the Capital Region start-up community, with a strengthening support environment among established businesses and invested community partners like UC Davis,” said Melissa Jones, the Stoel Rives California Offices Managing Partner and Innovation Awards Program Co-Chair. “Our firm is pleased to play a role in spotlighting and advancing area entrepreneurs and innovators, a key constituency and driver of Sacramento’s economy.”

“I’m honored to accept this fantastic award on behalf of the entire UC Davis community,” said Chancellor May. “We are grateful to be recognized for our innovation, because innovation defines so much of our university mission and spirit.”

The program’s Selection Committee reviewed more than 75 nominations submitted online through the Sacramento Business Journal between June 1 and July 31, 2017. Upon conclusion of the final vote in September, members of the committee addressed the landscape of innovation in the region, applauding the competitiveness of the finalist nominations:

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Laser Solution for Medical Device Manufacturing by Aduro Laser

Food and Agribusiness

Hardware and Electronics

Medical and Health Technologies & Services:


  • Denali Intelligence and Automation for and Microsoft by DialSource, Inc.
  • Digital Transaction Management for Real Estate by SkySlope


The nomination period for the 2018 program will open in June. Learn more at and follow the conversation on social media at #SacInnov8Awards.


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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