Innova once made the delivery boxes that kept your pizza warm. Today, it's developing systems designed to keep the heat off of American military personnel. Formed in 1994 as the offspring of CJ Laser Corp., Innova has its hands in numerous high-tech applications based on its expertise in lasers and other photonics applications. Innova President Nilesen Gokay and her husband, Cem Gokay -- the firm's executive vice president -- say their relationship with researchers at the University of Dayton, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and a number of startup companies in the instruments- controls-and electronics industry has powered the firm's growth. Five years ago, the company had five employees; at the beginning of 2010 it had 10.