ALUMNI UPDATES: XTB Laboratories

The SACRAMENTO REGION INNOVATION AWARDS aim to shine a light on the area’s vibrant innovation community. XTB Laboratories was a 2017 WINNER in the Food and Agribusiness category, recognized for VOC-Based Citrus Disease Detection.

In May of 2018, we asked for an update and received the following from Founder & Chief Science Advisor, Cristina Davis. Dr. Davis is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis


Remind us, what was the big idea behind your innovation? Early detection of citrus greening disease to support the citrus industry.

What’s new since your Innovation Awards recognition in 2017? Our company has expanded commercial testing, and we are now operating in Florida as well as California.

Any new innovations on the horizon, that you can share? We are currently utilizing our test for commercial testing in Florida.

What piece of advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting their first business? Partner with experienced professionals when setting up your business.  While you likely have domain knowledge in the area you are innovating in, you will need a team to make the idea successful.

What’s your “one thing” that most drives your professional success? Work hard and take advantage of every opportunity to make new connections. As you expand your professional network, you can be a resource for others and benefit from their expertise as well.

What’s great about doing business here? The greater Sacramento region is poised for an explosion of new start-up growth. We have a well-educated population and are situated nearby prestigious academic institutions. With a moderate cost of living and proximity to major transportation hubs, it is possible to have a thriving international business in our area!


The citrus industry in the USA needs help combating a very serious disease threat. Our test offers a novel and rapid way to test if an infection is present in trees. This helps the growers better manage their acreage.

XTB Laboratories emerged from the University of California, Davis, and is based in Yolo County, CA.

Take a look back to the 2017 FINALISTS for Food & Agribusiness Innovation of the Year as well as Cristina’s acceptance speech.


Sacramento Region Innovation Awards 2018: Call for Entries June 1 to July 20

The 3rd Annual SACRAMENTO REGION INNOVATION AWARDS will recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community — from startups to established companies — and their breakthrough creations. Apply yourself or submit a nomination between June 1 and July 20. Eligible entries will undergo a strict evaluation process by peers and leaders from the Capital Region’s business, civic and academic communities. Pioneering innovations will be judged on novelty, market need, economic impact and disruption.

The program will accept entries for recently developed business innovations that are established in the 9-county Sacramento region. New technologies, as well as other products, services and processes, must fit within one of the eight program categories, including 1) Advanced Manufacturing; 2) Food and Agribusiness; 3) Government and Civic; 4) Hardware and Electronics; 5) Medical and Health – MedTech; 6) Medical and Health – BioPharma; 7) Software; and 8) Sustainability. Additional eligibility requirements are described on the program website at  www.sacramentoinnovationawards.com/submissions.

In celebrating regional innovation, the awards aim to strengthen the Sacramento story, build the local economy, and stimulate the creative minds fueling our innovation ecosystem. Founded in 2016 by business law firm Stoel Rives LLP, the program is made possible with support from Moss Adams LLP, the Sacramento Business Journal, Five Star Bank, and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council — not to mention dozens of community partner organizations and the esteemed Selection Committee. The program is one of many corporate, civic and grassroots cohorts working to make Sacramento a recognized hub of innovation within the Northern California megaregion. Join the effort  — nominate or apply before July 20, 2018! Finalists will be announced on September 19 and Winners named at the Awards Luncheon on November 1, 2018.