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March 14, 2017 > East Bay Innovation Awards

East Bay Innovation Awards

Submitted By Adrienne Ursino

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is excited to announce the winners of the 5th Annual ÒEast Bay Innovation AwardsÓ. The best examples of innovation in product development, services and processes were celebrated at the East Bay Economic Development AllianceÕs Ò5th Annual East Bay Innovation AwardsÓ on March 9, 2017 at the historic Fox Theatre in Oakland. Over 100 nominations for the awards were received in August 2016, with 16 nominees selected by subject matter experts as finalists in eight competitive categories. Nominees represented innovative businesses and organizations from 10 East Bay cities.

2017 East Bay Innovation Legacy Award winner Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their lives

Advanced Manufacturing Award winner Lam Research is in the business of designing, engineering and manufacturing semiconductor chip processing equipment. They found a way to increase data storage on a newly designed computer chip Ð one of their chips can store 700 billion transistors. Intel, Samsung and Toshiba depend on their products.

Clean Tech Award winner Microvi is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative biocatalytic technologies in the water, wastewater and biochemical industries.

Education Award winner Veterans to Tech was inspired by local veterans wanting to have opportunities for hands-on skills leading to sustainable employment, and the Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryÕs (LLNL) projection of over 300 engineering technician vacancies as their baby boomer employees retire.

Engineering & Design Award winner Alphabet Energy captures energy that is burned off as polluting heat into usable energy through the science of thermoelectric technologies. Their Power Generating Combustor recovers exhaust heat from oilfield flares and coverts it into electric power, addressing the challenge of obtaining reliable and environment-friendly energy sources at remote sites.

Food Award winner Ripple Foods, maker of Ripple Milk, sold in 3,500 stores nation-wide, will soon offer plant-based yogurt, cheese and ice cream products. Ripple Foods found a way to make a better ÒdairyÓ product without the use of cows, with just as much protein, half the sugar and more calcium than dairy milk.

Information and/or Communication Technology Award winner Captricity takes piles of paper with handwritten notes and uses their technology to convert them into readable, electronic data. Through CaptricityÕs technology, data can be extracted from handwritten forms, web forms, document images, faxes and emails.

Life Sciences Award winner Aduro Biotech is pioneering precision immunotherapy to turn a cancer patientÕs immune system back on to fight the disease.

Catalyst of the Year Award winner Kapor Center for Social Impact ensures that tech is a benefit to all, by finding equitable ways to leverage opportunities, and develop and mobilize local talent for engagement with tech companies.

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