Innovation @ Work

As part of our mission to develop an ecosystem that enables entrepreneurship and promotes long term economic growth and job creation through innovation, GO-Biz and the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship are featuring innovative California entities -companies and institutes- that we think you should know.

The Innovation @ Work page will serve to provide a sample of the diverse businesses, products and services  native to California. These profiles cover these organizations from their beginnings in California to where they’re headed in the future, with a focus on what makes them innovative

We chose our highlighted examples with the help of partners like:

  • California Innovation Hubs (iHub)
  • Regional Economic Development Centers (EDC)
  • Regional Economic Development Associations (EDA)

On The Move

6/5/2013 9:22:00 AM
Kiverdi is an advanced sustainable oils and chemicals company developing disruptive, drop-in replacements to oleochemicals and petrochemicals using our proprietary Carbon Engineering™ Platform, a bioprocessing technology capable of converting low-cost, abundant waste carbon into high-value chemicals at a fraction of the cost of current approaches, making our products a particularly interesting proposition in the $375 billion market for personal and household care products where customers are demanding cost-competitive, sustainable, higher-performing alternatives. ...Read More
Cyber Patriot
6/3/2013 9:33:00 AM
CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. In August 2011 the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Beyond the Bell Branch became the first CyberPatriot Center of Excellence in the CyberPatriot program.
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St. George Spirits
5/29/2013 10:09:00 AM

Over three decades at the vanguard of the American craft spirits revolution, the Alameda, California–based distillery has earned respect, critical acclaim, and a devoted following for creating an extraordinary portfolio that sets the gold standard for artisanal spirits in the United States. 

Inspired by California's burgeoning culinary movement and the exceptional quality of local fruit, founder Jörg Rupf established St. George Spirits in 1982 to make eaux de vie and fruit liqueurs. Master distiller/owner Lance Winters joined in 1996 and has since worked to expand St. George's portfolio and catalyze its growth into one of the most prolific and innovative craft distilleries in the nation.

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Crescendo Bioscience
5/28/2013 10:34:00 AM

Crescendo Bioscience was founded to help RA patients and their physicians better understand their disease by leveraging scientific advances in molecular-based monitoring that were being used for other medical conditions, like cancer and heart disease. Early and accurate detection of RA, accompanied by effective therapy and frequent assessment of disease activity, is critical to managing the disease.

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5/28/2013 10:07:00 AM

When you need a ride, simply download the Sidecar app and set your location and where you’d like to go. A request goes out to drivers in your area. Once they see where you are and where you’re going, they choose whether to accept the ride. Once a nearby driver accepts your request, you can watch your driver approach in real-time right in the app. Once you’re en route, you can track your progress toward your destination (and share it with friends if you’d like). At the end of the ride, you rate your driver and pay whatever you want for their time. Riders usually pay less than for a cab, and drivers find that Sidecar helps them cover their costs of owning a car in the city.

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MD Revolution
5/28/2013 9:33:00 AM

MD Revolution leverages doctor-supervised genomic and metabolic testing, personalized health and fitness plans, mobile health monitoring, and an integrated software platform called RevUp to reduce the risks of chronic disease and measurably improve the health of patients and corporate employee populations.  In as little as three weeks, MD Revolution can significantly impact the drivers of chronic disease – reduction of visceral fat around organs and improvements in cardiovascular fitness and metabolism.  Studies have consistently shown that 40% of cancers (prostate, breast, lung, and colon) and 75% of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by healthy behaviors.  

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5/7/2013 11:00:00 AM

Over 125 billion rigid plastic containers are produced and consumed in the US every year, but according to the EPA only 28% are recycled with the rest piling up in landfills and oceans. There is an undeniable packaging waste problem in today’s society, which suggests that innovation opportunities are plenty in the packaging industry.

Ecologic Brands is an Oakland, CA-based sustainable packaging startup known for creating America’s first molded paper bottle, which consists of an outer shell made with 100% recycled cardboard and newspapers, integrated with a thin inner pouch, made with up to 70% less plastic than traditional plastic bottles. Post-use, the outer shell can be composted or recycled with paper, and the inner pouch can be recycled with #4 plastic.

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DOER Marine
5/7/2013 10:38:00 AM
From our historic ship yard building in the island community of Alameda, DOER has attracted a wide variety of clients from around the country and around the world looking for innovative solutions to underwater and harsh environment problems.  While we build remotely operated vehicles(ROVs) and monitoring systems to  perform inspections and work around subsea oil and gas installations to increase the safety of these extractive industries, the real challenges come with building systems, both manned and unmanned,  tailored for science, film, and critical infrastructure.   ...Read More
5/7/2013 10:00:00 AM

In 2000, Governor Gray Davis founded the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and three other University of California institutes for science and innovation. QB3, the only one of the four to focus on life sciences, now brings together over 220 laboratories at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UCSF to support basic research and training at the highest level. The leaders of these laboratories are UC professors who see value in joining an institute that can connect them to colleagues and resources that can help them make discoveries and develop them to benefit society.

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SaveME Batteries
5/7/2013 9:44:00 AM

SaveME Batteries is an early stage Company based out of San Diego that has developed an innovative program for consumers to purchase and exchange batteries.  By deploying several technologies that combines high end rechargeable batteries with automated kiosk management they are able to offer the public an affordable and high performance alternative to traditional, disposable alkaline batteries.  The long term goal is to help communities create a new and sustainable consumption pattern that will benefit all of us for generations to come.

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Penumbra Inc.
5/6/2013 5:03:00 PM

Penumbra, Inc. is an independent medical device company committed to delivering clinically beneficial products that help patients suffering from stroke and other vascular diseases.  Penumbra's products are designed to meet the extreme challenges of minimally invasive therapy in the brain. The diverse line of neurovascular catheters use proprietary manufacturing techniques and specialized materials to allow physicians to successfully navigate to and treat a number of neurological diseases. These innovations, perfected in the difficult environment of minimally invasive neurosurgery, are now finding use in vascular diseases throughout the body.

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5/6/2013 4:34:00 PM

Co-founders Joseph and Nathan saw first hand just how destructive the prescription drug abuse epidemic can be when Joseph’s younger brother became addicted to pain killers. They also noticed many of their peers finding ways to obtain prescription drugs to get high; they began conducting research on prescription drug abuse and were astounded at how unaddressed the issue had been. Joseph and Nathan set out to find a solution to this growing problem, and after several years of engineering and prototypes, ultimately developed “SaferLock”— a combination-locking cap for prescription bottles. 

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Fashion Incubator SF
5/6/2013 9:19:00 AM

Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF) is a non-profit organization that provides education, workspace, technical support and mentoring to aspiring fashion designers.  The mission of FISF is to develop creative fashion apparel designers into successful San Francisco entrepreneurs and future employers. We believe the graduates of FISF can make significant contributions to our economy through employment opportunities in designing, manufacturing and selling fashion apparel. FISF serves as an incubator for promising new designers and provides them with the tools, resources and education necessary to develop successful local businesses.

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