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SARTA’s TechCon honors four for technology innovations

Jon Coss, CEO and founder of Folsom-based Pondera Solutions, was named “Next Tech Innovator of the Year” at the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance’s TechCon event Thursdayin Sacramento.

Coss was one of four award winners recognized at the event, which brings together experts and entrepreneurs in varied tech sectors, including agriculture, clean energy and medical technology. Coss is the inventor of Pondera’s “Fraud Detection as a Service,” a Google-powered solution that can detect and prevent fraudulent claims in government programs prior to payment.

Other award winners:

▪ Ruihong Zhang, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was named “Clean Tech Innovator of the Year.” She was recognized for her work developing anaerobic digester technology used to convert both liquid and solid wastes, including food, yard waste, plant residues, paper and cardboard.

▪ Joseph Simpson was presented the “Claire Pomeroy Award for Innovation in Medical Technology.” His “Safer Lock” cap for prescription medicine bottles requires a correct four-digit combination to remove the cap. He devised the concept while a student at California State University, Sacramento.

▪ Lance Donny, founder and CEO of Fresno-based OnFarm, was named “Ag Tech Innovator of the Year.” OnFarm connects devices and sources of agricultural data into a single, cloud-based system designed to give farmers easy access to information for managing their operations.

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