Member News: October 2019
Axon inks a deal with federal law enforcement agency
Scottsdale-based Axon Enterprise Inc. has signed a deal with its first federal law enforcement agency customer that will use its body cameras and digital evidence management system, in addition to its Taser weapons. The U.S. Forest Service, which has used Tasers since 2008, will outfit its officers and agents across its law enforcement and investigative agency with Axon Body 2 cameras. This is an important milestone for Axon as it begins to expand its customer base beyond state and municipal law enforcement agencies. Learn more how Axon’s can improve transparency, accountability and safety for both law enforcement and the citizens they protect.
LaneTerralever appoints Chris Johnson CEO
After twenty-five years as CEO at AdAge-honored, independent marketing agency, LaneTerralever, Beau Lane is passing his title to current President and partner, Chris Johnson. Moving forward Johnson will serve as President and CEO while Lane will continue to guide the company mission as newly appointed, Executive Chairman. While serving as LaneTerralever’s President and CEO, Johnson will continue to grow the business in higher education, casinos and gaming, entertainment and attractions, real estate, multi-unit franchises and realtors, healthcare and additional industry expansion. He will also continue to drive innovation in the Valley by serving on the Arizona Technology Council board and serving as a strategic advisor to the SciTech Foundation.
PADT recognized for its contribution to Arizona’s tech community
PADT, a leader in numerical simulation, product development and 3D printing, announced that Principal and Co-founder Eric Miller is a winner of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2019 Top Tech Exec Award in the CEO category. On the heels of that honor, the state’s bioscience industry organization, AZBio, recognized the contributions PADT has made to the local medical technology community over the past 25 years with a special trophy presented at the 2019 AZBio Awards ceremony on October 2, 2019. Read more about Miller’s involvement and influence in Arizona’s technology industry.
Top Tech 2019 honors Valley industry leaders making a difference
Once strictly the province of semiconductor makers and aerospace manufacturers, the Valley’s technology industry has continued to expand into everything from telecommunications and software to health care, fintech and manufacturing. The Phoenix Business Journal highlights 19 individuals who have not just made an impact on their companies, but on the greater technology sector around them. The 2019 honorees include many members of the Arizona Technology Council, including: PADT Inc., Galvanize, CampusLogic, MST Solutions, WebPT, Benchmark Electronics, Emailage, Avnet, Freestar and JDA Software. Read the Phoenix Business Journal article in its entirety.
Tgen receives grant for cancer-detection blood tests
On the heels of an earlier study showing how cancer can be precisely detected by a liquid biopsy blood test created by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a new $2.1 million federal grant will now enable TGen and Mayo Clinic researchers to fine-tune the system in clinical trials. The test called TARDIS — TARgeted DIgital Sequencing — is 100 times more sensitive than other blood-based cancer monitoring tests as shown in early studies and detects cancer by identifying and quantifying small fragments of cancer DNA circulating in the patient’s bloodstream. Read more how this five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will enable scientists to guide treatment of patients with localized cancers, and metastatic cancers.
iTether partners with Healthwise to expand health literacy content
iTether Technologies, Inc., a Phoenix-based outpatient care coordination and patient engagement platform, has launched a partnership with Healthwise, a Boise, Idaho-based leader in evidence-based health education, technology and services. The partnership will enable integrated care providers on the iTether platform to shop for evidence-based curriculum through Healthwise, rather than having to create all their curriculum from scratch. Learn how this partnership will increase access to best-in-class health content while helping to save time and improve outcomes.
Benchmark wins Large Manufacturer of the Year Award
The Arizona Manufacturers Council presented global design, engineering and manufacturing company Benchmark Electronics with the award for 2019 Large Manufacturer of the Year at the Manufacturers of the Year awards luncheon. By focusing on full lifecycle management, Benchmark provides end-to-end solutions for customers and partners, starting with design, all the way to manufacturing and after-market fulfilment. Watch the video to learn more about Benchmark’s innovative technology, engineering design capabilities and world-class manufacturing services.
Qwick earns a spot as a Top 50 Great Place to Work
Working at Qwick does have its perks, and helping change people’s lives through innovating the way people work is more rewarding than anything, but it’s Qwick’s culture that the company is most proud of. Whether it’s at their Phoenix headquarters or holding down the fort in one of its cities around the country, each person on the Qwick team works every day to support each other and truly make this company great. But don’t take our word for it…check out why some of Qwick’s team members think the company is a Great Place to Work.
Acronis SCS launches of new veteran initiative
Scottsdale-based cyber protection and edge data security company Acronis SCS has launched an initiative to fund, train and place at least 300 veterans and spouses into Arizona cybersecurity careers, at no cost to them. The Acronis SCSVets program is aimed at veterans, active duty military and military spouses. At the same time, Acronis SCS plans to more than double its workforce as it expands its services for the U.S. public sector. Learn more how this six- to 12-week course will benefit veterans, active duty military and military spouses interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career.
Electric-plane startup Eviation Aircraft Ltd. is getting off the ground
Electric-plane startup Eviation Aircraft Ltd. has signed up two more customers for its pioneering commuter aircraft, taking the order backlog to more than 150 planes. Both buyers are American and are recognized names in the aviation industry, according to Chief Executive Officer Omer Bar-Yohay. Talks are underway with a another possible client in Australia, while the CEO has previously said that prospective customers include major U.S. carriers like United Airlines Holdings Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp., which are interested in planes to feed their hubs. Learn more about this innovative company. Learn more here.
CHIME wins silver in 2019 CEO World Awards
Phoenix-based Chime Technologies, a U.S. subsidiary of Renren, Inc., has been named a silver award winner in the prestigious CEO World Awards in the Best New Product, Service or Solution of the Year category for technology software as part of the SVUS Awards recognition program. The coveted annual awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO excellence studies, corporate social responsibility, and milestones from every major industry in the world. Learn how Chime’s sales acceleration platform automates and streamlines critical operations for the real estate industry.
IMNA Solutions presents at AZ BioPreneur Conference
Software development company IMNA Solutions was one of four Arizona health care companies selected to participate in the investor track of the Arizona BioPreneur Conference. The event is a new effort of the prestigious Flinn Foundation and Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee to provide training and networking opportunities for Arizona-based bioscience entrepreneurs. IMNA Solutions CEO and founder Israel Haikin sees the opportunity to educate investors on the award-winning data-driven clinical decision support system the company has developed as a stepping-stone to its future growth. Learn more about the IMNA’s latest innovations in the healthcare sector.
Paradox employs AI to overhaul talent acquisition
Phoenix-based tech firm is revolutionizing hiring practices and talent acquisition in its entirety. In today’s tight job market, finding the right candidates is crucial for employers. Paradox’s SMS text widget accelerates the application process for candidates, but it also makes the recruitment process more productive for the employer, who can customize questions based on the requisites of the position. Learn how organizations leveraging Paradox’s technology are gaining an advantage in the competitive labor market.
HiMS named a Best Place to Work by Tucson Metro Chamber
Healthcare Information Management Systems (HiMS), an electronic health records (EHR) software company dedicated to creating value-based tools for integrated health care providers, was recently named a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Best Place to Work in this year’s Copper Cactus Awards, presented by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. HiMS was selected from over 500 applicants for its superior employee benefits and positive company culture. Learn more about its supportive company culture and how CEO and founder Khalid Al-Maskari is dedicated to ensuring HiMS remains an industry leader where employees feel they can grow and thrive in their careers.
AIRLIB unveils data-collection process for air-quality mapping
AIRLIB reveals a new data collection process for creating high-resolution, real-time urban air quality mapping that radically cuts deployment costs by leveraging the massive pool of millions of automotive air quality sensors. For more than a year, the AIRLIB solution has been mapping pollution on thousands of miles of roadways in Phoenix, Arizona. One hundred vehicles have been linked to AIRLIB in the past 12 months and hundreds of thousands of miles of data has been collected. By partnering with cities, taxi and fleet companies, as well as high-mileage drivers, AIRLIB expects these numbers to multiply 10 times in the coming year. Learn more about AIRLIB’S air-pollution mapping solution.
Alagen offers 7 steps to protect your health data
Healthcare data breaches can compromise the personal information of hospitals AND patients. In today’s increasingly interconnected digital world, it’s imperative to be more rigorous and proactive. With knowledge, training and dedication, we can limit the scope and expense of data breaches, making Arizona a safer and healthier state. Check out Alagen’s strategies to ensure health data is safe and improve our defenses.