CEO Spotlight: Interview with James Bates of AdviNOW Medical
James Bates has been inventing and managing the development of revolutionary technology for more than 20 years, which has provided him with the unique perspective on how artificial intelligence will transform healthcare. As the founder, president and CEO of AdviNOW Medical, he adeptly utilizes artificial intelligence and augmented reality to completely automate the medical patient encounter outside the actual patient-provider consult. Visit here to learn why medtech is so important to health care and quality of life, how Arizona has grown as a medtech hub over the last 25 years, the catalyst for the launch of AdviNOW Medical, and the biggest medtech innovations coming out of Arizona.
Entrepreneurial incubator embarks on $1.9M biotech center in downtown Phoenix
The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is expanding into downtown Phoenix with a $1.9 million professional development center designed to prepare Arizona’s workforce for biotech and life science careers. CEI LabForce, anticipated to open in fall 2020, will be on the ground floor of the $77 million Wexford Science and Technology building that Arizona State University will anchor on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The site will be CEI’s second Valley location and offer in-person and online technical workshops and lab training for scientists, lab and manufacturing technicians, quality systems managers and executive teams in the bioscience industry, said Tom Schumann, CEI’s executive director. Read more here.
Paragon Space Development Corporation wins NASA SBIR Phase II Award for COSMIC
Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation is now under contract with NASA to mature its Condensate Separator for Microgravity Conditions (COSMIC) technology. COSMIC is a full flow phase separation device that separates liquid condensate from air with low power draw and low pressure drop in the flow path while supplying the separated condensate at pressure to the Water Processing Assembly (WPA) onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Learn how COSMIC’s technology is crucial for NASA’s human space explorations missions.
Eviation is electrifing the airline industry
Israeli startup Eviation has wheeled out Alice, a battery-powered nine-seater due for its maiden flight later this year. Unlike cars, electric planes must heft their power packs aloft – a reality that limits them to small aircraft on the shortest routes, as even their proponents concede. Eviation is aiming for a first test-flight later this year and U.S. certification by 2022. The aircraft, with a flattened profile and propellers at its wing tips, was designed as an electric plane from the ground up, said Omer Bar-Yohay, Eviation’s founder and CEO. Engineers see a bigger future for hybrids, which can combine lighter, downsized jet engines with an electric boost during take-off and climb, for a 30% fuel saving. The additional thrusters or e-propellers also help stability, allowing a more streamlined airframe to reduce drag and consumption further. Learn more here.
Why Arizona? Acronis CEO John Zanni shares insight on choosing Arizona over Silicon Valley
In recent years, you may have heard some refer to Arizona as the Silicon Desert. But don’t let that nickname conjure up false images of a Silicon Valley copycat. With its unique approach to tech, defense and business, Arizona is forging a path all its own. Leadership at Acronis SCS, as well as the more than thirty people the company hired in less than nine months across a range of disciplines – from security engineering and application hardening to communications and sales – are proud to call it home. Read the blog in its entirety here.
MST Solutions: Creating a culture of purpose and innovation
MST Solutions CTO Srikanth Balusani shares his three-step plan to help employees excel within the company and create an environment in which they can do so. According to Balusani, the biggest challenges any business will face as it scales typically center on people and product. That is, building a team that is bought into and driven by your organization’s purpose, and continuously delivering a product or service that meets the ever-evolving needs of your customers. Developing a culture of deeply motivated individuals — people who are committed to an organization’s global mission and inspired to innovate — doesn’t happen overnight. Similarly, transformation through innovation is not a one-and-done exercise — it must be woven into the fabric of the company’s culture. Read more here.
U of A to collaborate with students on space-exploration technology
University of Arizona researchers will use $3 million in NASA funding over three years to research the low-gravity surface environments of asteroids, and to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to design, build and operate CubeSats, or miniature satellites, at the University of Arizona. The project, which was selected through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project Institutional Research Opportunity, or MIRO program, help NASA and the University of Arizona better understand asteroid surface geophysics in a way that no one has done before. The UA, which was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2018, is one of eight institutions to receive a share of more than $8.2 million in cooperative agreements awarded through the MIRO program. Read more about this out-of-this-world collaboration.
Benchmark: How industry 4.0 will revolution modern factories
Benchmark is always redefining what’s possible. The company’s Design Centers of Innovation in Arizona, Minnesota and The Netherlands, are continually developing IoT architecture to facilitate the connected world. Which is exactly why Benchmark is uniquely prepared for the next generation of the connected world. The factory of tomorrow, outfitted with Industry 4.0 technology, will also include the next generation of autonomous robotics. These autonomous robots will be connected to the same networks as industrial machinery, and will be deployed as needed to conduct repairs, restock shelves and even clean the floors. With insights from the data gathered from a factory’s sensor network, in combination with machine learning, the process of robot deployment will be automated and seamless. Learn more about what a factory outfitted with Industry 4.0 connectivity look like.
ASU, UA ‘leading the world’ in training next generation of space scientists
Arizona State University and the University of Arizona received a shoutout as “leading the world” in training the next generation of space scientists during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration hearing in mid-July. The hearing, titled “Moon to Mars: NASA’s Plans for Deep Space Exploration,” was convened by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and examined the future of NASA’s human spaceflight program. Visit here to learn more about the eight major contributions that Arizona has made to space exploration.
HealthTrio, a leading Software-as-a-Service provider for the healthcare market, has partnered with SpectraMedix, a leader in healthcare payer and provider analytics and business intelligence. This combined solution integrates real-time quality measures and financial incentivesreporting, and actionable analytics capabilities of The SpectraMedix Platform™ with HealthTrio’s Smart Series provider portal, empowering providers to identify care needs and close care gaps in one secure, central location. Visit here to learn how this integration of two market leaders provides the cost and operational efficiency benefits of a combined solution into one end-to-end platform.
Arizona-based firm TopLine Strategies joins Wipfli
Wipfli, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the United States, announced today that the shareholders and associates of TopLine Strategies joined the firm effective June 1. This transaction marks the ninth for Wipfli in three years and the firm’s first physical location in the Southwestern United States. Founded in 1987, Scottsdale-based TopLine Strategies has been providing CRM and BI solutions to businesses in the Southwestern United States for over 30 years. Learn how this transaction will provide TopLine Strategies with a broader network of services and resources to offer clients so they can continue to capitalize on the opportunities ahead.
Avertium CEO discusses cybersecurity trends and steps companies to minimize risk
According to Jeff Schmidt, CEO of Phoenix-based Avertium, too many companies look at security as an obstacle instead of an enabler to workflow. Understanding that cybersecurity keeps the bad people out, yet allows the right people to work safely, will help companies begin to recognize the value of their investment. There are simple steps companies can adopt that are not overwhelming and won’t break the bank. Read more here.