Russell Nichols is a freelance writer who focuses on technology, culture and mental health. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Governing Magazine and Government Technology.
Robots may not possess empathy, but they provide precision
and consistency that’s hard for even the most highly trained
health professionals to replicate.
Can AI-informed technologies hit the medical
Robodoc co-creator Dr. William Bargar talks with Comstock’s
about the legacy of Robodoc.
VestLife, founded by a special needs attorney, enables
parents of children with developmental disabilities to
organize, manage and instantly access their child’s key
disability information via one secure web app.
While repurposing old warehouses for new use comes with
technical and financial challenges, it also presents great
benefits, and is one way to build green and sustainable.
Breast milk has antibiotic-like health benefits? It sure does. Matrubials, a startup out of UC Davis, is developing products that use breast milk components to treat bacterial infections.
Savvy advertising won’t help a business if its core values aren’t
consistent on every level. In today’s marketing landscape,
authentic messaging aimed toward building trust and
engagement is critical.
Based in El Dorado Hills, Neural Lab has developed touchless technology that turns hand and body motions into commands for devices like keyboards, mice, touchscreens, games and TV controllers.
Davis-based June Care is an online platform that connects parents who need child care with host parents who can provide it.
Elk Grove-based EyeRate is a social platform designed to recognize and reward employees for their product knowledge and customer service, helping them earn more of what their labor is worth.
Cristina Davis, a professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering and associate dean of research for the UC Davis
College of Engineering, is developing a breathalyzer-like
device to detect COVID-19 and its severity in individuals.
During the pandemic, the benefits of patients connecting
virtually have been transformative in many ways.
Davis-based VasoBio has created a medical device that could improve the quality of life for people with kidney diseases.
Dr. Ramin Manshadi, founder of the Manshadi Heart Institute in
Stockton, has been studying human hearts and health for
Doctors, researchers and trailblazers are exploring how
to use both tried-and-true methods and new tools to
improve physical and mental health as we age.
Fairfield-based FarmX enables farmers to sell directly to grocery chains and restaurants via its e-commerce platform.
Tech company Yolo Robotics aims to melt and reshape space debris into useful products while remaining in orbit.
Davis-based tech company Expert IEP developed an app to help parents of neurodivergent students optimize their academic, behavioral, occupational and speech goals.
As the pandemic shifts the landscape of investing in
the Capital Region, so too are the dynamics between tech startups
INN>CHRG is developing an app that allows any private property (residential, business, etc.) with electricity to potentially become a charging location.
Every body has a type. But clothing stores typically focus on sizes, which does a disservice to both retailers and customers, says Amy Wister, cofounder and CEO of RevShopp.
From its beginnings in a church basement in Auburn to its current status as the Capital Region’s leading employer of people with disabilities and other hurdles to employment, PRIDE Industries has always promoted an inclusive workforce.
“Why can you read reviews on what restaurant to eat at or hotel to stay at or what vacuum to buy, but when it comes to the largest financial purchase of your life, there’s nowhere to go?” says Tim Hyer, cofounder and CEO of Trusty.
After the disruption of 2020, the push for more collaborative affiliations has become even more urgent. At the core of this evolving model is technology.
How much would you pay to never have to step foot in the Department of Motor Vehicles again?
Milk may do the body good, as the 1980s campaign stated, but Fengru Lin, cofounder and CEO of TurtleTree, believes milk production without cows could do the planet even better.
BCD Bioscience wants to help adults benefit from essential carbohydrates that naturally occur in breast milk.
Summer heat in Sacramento can be stressful — especially for air conditioning units in office buildings.
Here are four entrepreneurs who are transforming ideas of manufacturing for the well-being of the world.
The Folsom-based startup Foodom launched in March 2020 to bring experienced cooks into the homes of busy families.
The recent spate of mergers and acquisitions in the Capital Region tells a story beyond the pandemic, speaking to growing interest in the area and a red-hot financial craze that catapults private companies into public markets.
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out worldwide, InVixa is working on a new delivery method for a cholesterol-lowering drug to treat respiratory inflammation caused by the coronavirus.
In a world of portability and to-go orders, Grass Valley-based startup BoxPower delivers energy in a box.
The 2020 presidential election may be over, but the team at Warchest still has work to do.
You might not associate remote work with construction, but Mare
Island-based Factory OS is redesigning the business model by
building multifamily homes off-site, then shipping them to the
The challenge for treatment programs can be broken down into four
parts: lack of workforce, limited capacity, timing conflicts and
The future of vertical farming begins on the genetic level. That’s the philosophy of Unfold, a Sacramento-based startup focused on innovating fruit and vegetable seeds to better serve indoor growing facilities.
Comstock’s spoke with Cherry about the groundbreaking work that led UC Davis to name him and co-inventor Ramsey Badawi among the recipients of the 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards.
With the help of artificial intelligence, this Sacramento-based startup wants to make the hiring process run smoother for companies flooded with applications.
There’s nothing worse than pouring wine down the drain, says Brett Bayda, so he created Drinjk Wines for consumers who want more portion control.
How do you measure the thirst of a plant? Michael Santiago, founder and CEO of FloraPulse, says give it a chip.
Not only have Black Americans suffered more from COVID-19 infections and deaths, but Black-owned businesses were hit the hardest due to the shutdown.
“We make it easier for our most vulnerable community members to get the care they need to stay independent and stay home,” says Kwamane Liddell, DispatchCare’s founder and CEO.
This spring, COVID-19 forced schools to go online. But, for the most part, the teaching models remained the same. Sama Learning, a Nevada City-based startup, wants to transform those models.
With teleconferencing, email, e-commerce and social media, the internet makes it possible for many people to work virtually. However, being “always online” comes at a cost.
As the U.S. grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, factors such as socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and employment play a pivotal role in the fight against systemic racism and social injustice.
As a hospital assistant at UC Davis Medical Center, Tony Braham helps nurses lift and move patients. In other words, “We’re the muscle of the hospital,” Braham says, and his startup aims to help “the muscle” be more mobile.
After screening millions of cells that secrete antibodies, scientists at a Rancho Cordova-based automated cell processing company and its collaboration partners believe they found a potential path to treat COVID-19.
In the face of climate change, environmental stress and population growth, advanced technology can lead to enhanced weather forecasting, which could make a huge impact in preventing floods and keeping reservoirs full.
Based in Sacramento, OpenGrants is a free platform that uses machine learning to sift through, list and match users with grant writers and opportunities. The platform reduces the opportunity cost inherent in the grant funding process by 30-40 percent.
Nytch, a Woodland-based mobile app, connects independent, offline businesses to local shoppers looking for specific items.