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Winners Named in 3rd Annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

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

The Sacramento Region Innovation Awards program is proud to announce the winners of the third annual contest, revealed today during a ceremony hosted by organizers Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal. Eight winners and 13 finalists were recognized during the luncheon, held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West and featuring master of ceremonies Kitty O’Neal of NewsRadio KFBK.

The awards program recognizes regional innovation across eight categories, honoring the people and organizations that advance new products, services and processes from the Sacramento area*.

The 2018 winners are:

Advanced Manufacturing

Atocera, Inc. – Microfabricated Blades

Food & Agribusiness

Pheronym, Inc. – A New Kind of Pheromone for Agricultural Pest Control

Government & Civic

Sutter Health and WellSpace Health– Street Nurse Program

Hardware & Electronics

TacSense – Flexible Iontronic Sensing Technology

Medical & Health – BioPharma

Cognivive –Virtual Reality Game Treatment for Brain Injury Recovery

Medical & Health – MedTech

MUSE Microscopy Inc. – MUSE (Microscopy with Ultraviolet Sectioning Excitation)


TraitWare – TraitWare Secure Login Solution


Terzo Power Systems – HEVI Hybrid Electric Power System

Recognizing innovation beyond business and technology, a special “Innovation of the Year” award was given to Wide Open Walls— Sacramento’s arts and mural festival founded by David Sobon in 2015.

“Wide Open Walls enhances our growing reputation for being a diverse, innovative and creative place to live, work and play,” said Melissa Jones, program co-chair and managing partner of Stoel Rives’ California offices.

Past recipients of the top award include Golden 1 Center, home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and the University of California, Davis, both acknowledged for making broad and profound impacts on the regional innovation community.

Nearly 100 nominations were evaluated by a selection committee consisting of local leaders from civic, business, academic and technology sectors. In addition to announcing the winners, the following finalists were recognized during the ceremony:

Advanced Manufacturing

Tri Tool Inc. – TRIMAX Portable Pipe Machining Tool

Food & Agribusiness

Biome Makers Inc. – Crop Microbiome Intelligence

tCheck – Simplified Spectrometers for Food and Cannabis

Government & Civic

JAPA – Parking Management Solution

SACOG – Sacramento Area Council of Governments – Civic Lab

Hardware & Electronics

Chirp Microsystems, Inc. – A TDK Group Company – Ultrasonic 3D-Sensing Solutions

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. – Hybrid and Electric Drivetrain Systems

Medical & Health – BioPharma

AnimalBiome – Gut Microbiome Assessments and Supplements for Dogs and Cats

Medical & Health – MedTech

Insera Therapeutics – CLEAR Aspiration System

Precision Medical Products – Circul8 DVT Prophylaxis Unit


Fantag–  Video Highlight Technology

Intellaegis, Inc. – masterQueue


BoxPower Inc. – Turnkey Solar Microgrid Containers

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. Additional 2018 event sponsors included Five Star Bank, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento State College of Business Administration, and the City of Elk Grove. Learn more at www.sacramentoinnovationawards.comand 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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