2016 Winners

Congratulations to the WINNERS of the inaugural SACRAMENTO REGION INNOVATION AWARDS, named and celebrated at our November 4, 2016 luncheon.

2016 Innovation of the Year: Golden 1 Center

Award accepted by Chris Granger, President, Sacramento Kings (November 4, 2016)

Image of Chris Granger, Sacramento Kings, Accepting award at 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WINNER 2016: Free Form Factory has created a manufacturing technology for personal watercraft that will make fiberglass manufacturing obsolete in the market segment. Described as indestructible and one hundred percent recyclable, the product is the world’s first polymer based high-performance hull, with a patented chassis design. The company has developed proprietary techniques to manufacture watercraft hulls ten times faster, three-and-a-half times stronger, and with zero volatile organic compounds…. Read more »


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MEDICAL & HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES & SERVICES WINNER 2016: Evolve Biosystems is a privately held microbiome company dedicated to developing the next generation of products to establish, restore and maintain a healthy newborn gut microbiome. Evolve is a spin-out from the Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis and builds on more than a decade of research into the unique partnership of the newborn gut microbiome and human breast milk components…. Read more »


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FOOD & AGRIBUSINESS WINNER 2016: RF Biocidics, a food-safety technology company, produces equipment that safely eliminates harmful contaminants from foods using specialized radio frequency technology. The company provides an effective, chemical-free, and environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional steam heat or chemical pasteurization methods used by farmers, food processors, and packagers in the Central Valley and around the world. The technology has a broad range of potential applications, including food safety, agriculture,… Read more »


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SOFTWARE WINNER 2016: Riskalyze believes that everybody has a Risk Number, a measurement from 1 to 99, that indicates the amount of investment risk an individual can tolerate. Based on a Nobel Prize-winning framework, the complex algorithms and user experiences work to calculate the individual risk fingerprint of each and every investor. The patented Risk Number technology empowers investment advisors to capture a quantitative measurement of client risk tolerance, and… Read more »


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HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS WINNER 2016: The Linkbot is an easily programmable educational robot that can be customized with snap-on parts and related curriculum to get kids interested in science and computer programming early on. Educators are working harder than ever to prepare students for our technologically advanced world. Barobo has collaborated with award-winning STEM educators to develop a product that teachers can use to monitor student progress as students interactively… Read more »


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SUSTAINABILITY WINNER 2016: The FastOx Gasifier is a simple derivative of centuries-old blast furnace technology. This efficient and scalable gasifier transforms nearly any form of waste into clean renewable energy, by breaking it down at the molecular level through the injection of pure oxygen and steam. FastOx Gasifiers divert waste from landfills, reduce harmful emissions, and offset consumption of fossil fuels. Organic materials in waste are converted into a high-quality… Read more »


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