Arizona State University announces its partnership with ADHS to increase COVID-19 testing in Arizona, UArizona has the top water resources program in the United States, Honeywell Aerospace opens its new Phoenix facility for repairing military helicopter engines, CampusLogic receives $120 million growth investment, Osborn Maledon partner elected to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Axosoft announces GitKraken Suite of developer tools, Axon names Regina Holloway as new VP of community impact, and more.
ASU announces partnership with ADHS to increase COVID-19 testing in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona State University (ASU) announced a new partnership that will increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Arizona. ASU will launch several testing sites that will provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state. The tests are by appointment only, which can be scheduled by visiting azhealth.gov/testing.
Through this partnership, ADHS has committed up to $12.7 million to fund the expansion of testing sites to serve up to 100,000 Arizonans. ASU’s Biodesign Institute announced in May that it had developed the first saliva-based COVID-19 test in the state and has been utilizing saliva-based testing over the past six weeks to test critical workforce including health care workers, first responders, and infrastructure personnel. ASU has also been using the saliva-based test with employees and students. Learn more here >>
UArizona has the top water resources program in the United States
The University of Arizona has been ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally in the area of water resources in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects.
With water management among the most pressing issues in Arizona and throughout the region, the University of Arizona has leveraged its natural surroundings with top-notch faculty across a variety of colleges and departments to generate influence in water studies that goes well beyond the Southwest to benefit arid and semi-arid regions around the world.
UArizona earned the No. 1 overall spot in water resources in 2019 and 2018. The university’s total score in water resources (294.9) increased by 6.5 points over last year’s mark of 288.4. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich finished No. 1 globally in the 2020 ranking, with UArizona coming in ahead of Beijing Normal University, Texas A&M and the University of New South Wales. UArizona has never finished lower than No. 3 overall since Shanghai started ranking water resources in 2017. Read more >>
Honeywell opens Phoenix facility for repairing military helicopter engines
Honeywell has opened a new facility near its Honeywell Aerospace headquarters in Phoenix dedicated to maintenance for the U.S. military T55 turboshaft helicopter engines. The new Center for Excellence was established after Honeywell secured approval from the U.S. Army through a product verification audit. It brings together engineering, production, repair and overhaul work for the T55 engine to optimize operations.
“Our global Center of Excellence for the T55 engine allows us to grow our throughput to be two to three times our previous capacity to better support the U.S. Army and CH-47 Chinook helicopter fleets worldwide,” said Dave Marinick, president, engines and power systems for Honeywell Aerospace, in a statement. “Our organization is always focused on improving our support for today’s warfighters, and we are proud to roll out this transition as part of that commitment to the U.S. Army.” Read more >>
CampusLogic receives $120 million growth investment
CampusLogic’s new $120 million growth investment will help the education technology company expand its student financial success platform. The Phoenix-based company provides financial tools and resources to help the 15 million students who attend colleges and universities understand the processes that often create barriers to student enrollment, engagement and retention, CampusLogic CEO Gregg Scoresby told Crunchbase News. The new investment will help CampusLogic fund future strategic acquisitions and product development, especially in the area of micro-scholarships, with a goal of acquiring a new company or offering a new product every year. Read more >>
Ashion Analytics awarded Medicare coverage for cancer-profiling test
Founded by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Ashion Analytics LLC announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare administrative contractor for the Molecular Diagnostic Services Program (MolDX), has awarded coverage to its proprietary cancer profiling test, GEM ExTra®, one of the nation’s most comprehensive genomic cancer analysis tests. The leading-edge test provides treating physicians with vital interpreted information that they need to understand changes to a patient’s genomic profile. It outlines a therapeutic treatment plan best suited for each patient. Conditions that may benefit from this approach include treatment of refractory, rare or aggressive cancers. Learn more >>
Osborn Maledon partner elected to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
Tom Curzon, a partner at Osborn Maledon, P.A., has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary global recognition of “a lawyer whose career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of society.” Curzon’s legal practice focuses primarily on serving as outside general counsel and trusted and strategic advisor to emerging, growth-oriented companies. He is an active leader in Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and serves as Chairman of the Board of StartupAz Foundation. He also is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and has received numerous awards for his legal and community services. Read more >>
Axosoft announces the GitKraken Suite of developer tools
A Suite of Tools for Planning & Coding: Arguably the two most important phases in the DevOps lifecycle are Plan and Code. Axosoft’s GitKraken Suite gives you everything you need to bridge the two phases in one ecosystem. Helping software developers and teams be more productive, Axosoft develops technology that is used by the world’s most elite software engineers. Companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and thousands of other leading companies use Axosoft’s Agile Project Management Software and its GitKraken suite of developer tools. Read more >>
Axon names Regina Holloway as new VP of community impact
Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN) on Thursday announced Regina Holloway as its new vice president of community impact. Holloway previously worked at New York University’s Policing Project and she served as a 2019 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equality. Holloway is a Philadelphia native who became a lawyer and went on to work with the Chicago Neighborhood Policing Initiative before joining the Policing Project. Axon, which changed its name from Taser in 2017, has recently been vocal about the need to confront systemic racism in policing. Read more >>
July 2020 Preferred Business Partner: Moss Adams
Moss Adams, the Arizona Technology Council’s Preferred Business Partner for July 2020, is a fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing and protecting prosperity. For the past 20 years, Moss Adams has served technology, life sciences, health tech and fintech companies of all sizes with services including business consulting, technical accounting, auditing, tax strategy, compliance and cybersecurity. Distinguished for its depth of industry knowledge, Moss Adams takes the time to understand each client’s business or individual situation, anticipate needs and identify gaps before they become obstacles. Learn more >>
Blue Yonder links transportation software with Loadsmart freight matching tech
Supply chain software vendor Blue Yonder has integrated its platform with the digital freight technology company Loadsmart, saying the combination will allow transportation management customers to significantly reduce costs and improve efficiency. By linking Scottsdale, Arizona-based Blue Yonder’s transportation management system (TMS) software with New York-based Loadsmart’s digital freight matching technology, the partners say they can offer customers access both to Loadsmart’s instantly bookable truckload rates and to Blue Yonder’s dynamic pricing discovery solution that generates guaranteed capacity. Read more >>