Regional Innovation Award

Regional Innovation Award in Medical Technology

The Sacramento Regional Innovation Award in Medical Technology, formally known as the Claire Pomeroy Award, was established in 2010 to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement within our region for innovation in medical technology.

Award Criteria
The awards will be made by the Awards Committee to recognize innovators who have created important and high impact inventions and products (e.g. devices, drugs, diagnostics, medical IT products, etc.) that advance our region. Their inventions/products should transform an important aspect of the practice of medicine and/or the delivery of healthcare services, making them safer, more effective, less costly, and/or more accessible. Their invention or product must be in commercial or approved use in the medical industry. The Committee will prioritize those who have benefited SARTA’s nine county region (Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba).

Parameters to be assessed in making the awards may include:

  • Brilliance or ingenuity in solving problems and designing solutions,
  • Impact on the lives of patients,
  • Size of the populations affected,
  • Extent of the impact in its markets,
  • Impact on health care providers and/or processes of care,
  • Economic impact on the healthcare system.

Prior non-winning finalists will automatically be reconsidered. If there are updates, the nominees or their nominators are welcome to submit them.

2014 Award Winner

Joseph Simpson — Inventor of the Locking Cap

2013 Award Winner

William Bargar, MD – Inventor of ROBODOC® a robotic surgical system for total knee and hip replacements

2012 Award Winner

Brian Watwood, Wijit® Lever Driving and Braking System

2011 Award Winner

Richard Wampler M.D., Hemopump and HVAD Heart Assist Device

2010 Award Winners

Philip H. Coelho, BioArchive System by Thermogenesis
Edward A. Smeloff, Smeloff-Cutter Heart Valve
Warren D. Smith, PK Factor for assessing consciousness of patients under anesthesia
Richard K. Wertz, Autoscan Automated Microbiology Diagnostic System

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MedStart member ViVita Technologies, among final four in Sacramento Kings event

March 24, 2016March 24, 2016

Four startups are finalists in contest co-sponsored by Sacramento Kings


Four local technology companies emerged from three rounds of judging Tuesday in a startup contest co-sponsored by the Sacramento Kings. They will make pitches again next month before a home crowd that will choose a winner.

The Kings and Velocity Venture Capital put together a competition for startup companies that works like March Madness, with companies competing in brackets by making pitches to panels of judges from finance and technology companies.

Nearly 100 companies applied to be part of the “Capitalize” pitching contest. Kings President Chris Granger said that demonstrates the strength of Sacramento's entrepreneurial community.


Velocity narrowed the field to an initial group of 32 firms. Those companies competed at Velocity’s downtown offices just three blocks from the Golden 1 Center construction site.

The finalists include legal practice management app Quicklegal, heart valve research and development company ViVita Technology, educational robot company Barobo Inc. and green fertilizer company California Safe Soil.

The final four companies will pitch to Kings fans at Sleep Train Arena during the April 5 game against the Portland Trailblazers. Kings fans will choose the top pitch via Twitter. The top pick wins $5,000, consulting sessions and lunch with Kings executives and a team owner.

The companies include some newly minted startups and some companies that are selling products and generating revenue. Some of the companies have even raised millions of dollars in investment rounds, such as California Safe Soil.

Jack Crawford Jr., Velocity Venture Capital’s managing partner, introduced the competition, saying that Sacramento entrepreneurs have to embrace their position as a part of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley business and technology environment.

People have been waiting for a leader to develop Sacramento to be a technology center, Crawford said, talking to the audience of companies preparing to pitch. But “It’s time to stop waiting," he said. "It’s you.”

MedStart gets first new Chair since inception

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Sacramento Tech Nonprofit SARTA Logging Off

January 29, 2016January 29, 2016
1 Sep, 2015 Sacramento Tech Nonprofit SARTA Logging Off Captial Public Radio: The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) has ceased operations as of August 31. "SARTA is ending operations due to financial constraints," says SARTA CEO Howard Bubb.

SARTA Abruptly Shuts Down

January 29, 2016
SARTA Abruptly Shuts Down
Sacramento Business Journal: The Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance is shutting down, the group’s recently appointed CEO said Tuesday.

Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance is folding

January 29, 2016
Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance is folding
Sacramento Bee: SARTA announced Tuesday that its board of directors voted a day earlier to go out of business after 14 years.