PacSci EMC MAPS draws NASA interest
Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company’s (PacSci EMC) idea for a rocket propulsion system was selected by NASA as one of the top 10 finalists in its program launched to find and foster innovative solutions that could benefit the space agency and the nation.
Chandler-based PacSci EMC submitted its Modular Architecture Propulsion System (MAPS) under the category of X-Factor Innovations: Solutions for Unspecified Future Challenges in NASA’s second iTech Forum, an initiative of the Office of the Chief Technologist in cooperation with the National Institute of Aerospace.
MAPS takes the level of energy found in a tank of toxic liquid fuel and divides it into a series of sealed, solid propellant rocket motors safely commanded by a low power, Smart Energetics Architecture communication bus. The “plug and play” simplicity of MAPS gets rid of the need for tanks, valves, plumbing and large power supplies while improving customer workflows. Watch this video to see MAPS in action.
CEI Gateway Announces Program for First-Time Founders
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) and Gateway Community College has announced a four-month program for first-time founders: From Founder to Leader.
Tom Schumann and Tom Zender — experienced business mentors and educators — created this course for company founders that are in a leadership role for the first time. During each session, the instructors and participants will discuss the importance of developing the skills and behaviors the need to exhibit to carry their business to success.
Learn more about the curriculum and download the application here. Applications are due by September 1.
JDA Reveals Brick-and Mortar Still has Life
The demise of the brick-and-mortar retail store may have been greatly exaggerated as the results of the third annual JDA Consumer Survey reveal. About 54 percent of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers said they preferred to shop in-store over other channels, including online, mobile and social media.
Findings of the survey conducted by JDA Software Group of Scottsdale revealed services promoting convenience are crucial in maintaining that margin supporting in-store shopping. For example, year-over-year data showed a steady 44 percent increase in convenient, buy-online, pickup in-store adoption since 2015, with half of respondents using such services in the last 12 months.
Those numbers still could increase if retailers sweeten the pot. 80 percent of shoppers said they would consider using the services if offered price discounts or incentives.
Aspect Software Earns Top Honor from TMC
Aspect Via Enterprise from Phoenix-based Aspect Software has been awarded a 2017 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award from TMC, a global integrated-media company that recognizes exceptional products and services.
“Aspect Via Enterprise’s all-in-one cloud capabilities empower contact center agents through personalized interfaces and engage customers by allowing them to use the channels they prefer while providing robust tools to help optimize the quality and efficiency of the workforce,” said Jim Freeze, Aspect Software’s chief marketing officer.
TMC recognized Aspect Via Enterprise for delivering world-class capabilities that cover all customer service essentials including modern self-service, omni-channel live agent assistance, proactive outreach, agent empowerment, people and process optimization, reporting, and analytics.
ASU Understand Your Genome Symposium Nov 29
The opportunity to have the whole genome sequenced and gain an understanding of its implications on health and well-being are being offered to participants of the Nov. 29 symposium called Understand Your Genome, hosted by the ASU BioDesign Institute and AZBio.
The symposium’s goal is to facilitate adoption of sequencing as a method to advance human health through responsible, targeted, educational outreach. The Biodesign Institute along with several other Arizona State University enterprises are sponsoring the event at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale.
Full registration, which includes the TruGenome Predisposition Screen and clinical reports of the findings, is $1,900 per person while registration only for the conference is $600. Deadline is Sept. 8. You can find more information here.
University of Phoenix Survey Reveals Cybersecurity Vacation Behavior
Although half of registered voters worry about cybersecurity risks while on vacation, 55 percent feel the need to use personal devices outweighs the risks, according to the University of Phoenix’s summer travel cybersecurity survey
Despite using their devices often, very few respondents said they take preventive measures for security. While 54 percent lock devices when not in use, fewer took other precautions, such as hiding devices when away (40 percent), updating antivirus software (39 percent) and changing passwords (24 percent).
Stolen bank information is the main concern while travelling, selected by more than half of respondents. Other concerns included losing devices (48 percent) and contracting viruses on devices (44 percent) while less than a third are concerned about hacked email or social media accounts.
SySTEM Phoenix Future-Proofing Students for Best Jobs of Tomorrow
Heading into its fourth year, SySTEM Phoenix is showing their methods are working because our AIMS Science and AzMERIT test scores show them growing faster than the State growth rates. The SySTEM curriculum is based on the Cambridge International curriculum, which allows students to play an active role in the classroom. They are asked to think critically, to learn how to construct an argument, and evaluate evidence. SySTEM also takes older students on FREE college visits around the country to cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, and California. Learn more about the school’s recent success and growth here.
VC Offers Funds for Therapies at Johnson + Johnson Lab
Scientific research intended to address unmet medical needs across all therapeutic areas has drawn the interest of MPM Capital, which will give an overview of its funds in a presentation at Johnson and Johnson Innovation, JLABS in San Diego on Oct. 5.
Vinay Bhaskar, principal with MPM Capital, will provide a description of his firm’s key areas of interest and venture investment philosophy. One fund valued at $400 million focuses on early stage companies developing therapies for unmet medical needs (Series A and earlier) while a second fund valued at $470 million invests in oncology companies of any stage (therapeutics only – no diagnostics).
Bhaskar will answer questions and meet with a handful of applicants for one-on-one meetings. Get tickets to the event here.
Telesoft Merges with UK-Based MDSL, Setting Up HQ in Phoenix
Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP) recently announced the acquisition of one of the biggest players in technology expense management (TEM), MDSL. SEP was already the owner of another TEM provider, Telesoft and has chosen to combine SEP and Telesoft and will plans to set up their global headquarters in Phoenix. See the full press release here.