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About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past two-and-a-half decades, Arizona Business Magazine has grown to encompass not just Arizona Business Magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Arizona Business Magazine is the state’s leading monthly business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

energy supply - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

Report Shows Changing Arizona Energy Mix

Arizona Public Service today released its official forecast of how Arizona will meet its growing energy needs over the next 15 years. The report, called an “Integrated Resource Plan,” takes a big-picture look at Arizona’s energy future that helps APS and other stakeholders plan responsibly. The forecast identified three major trends shaping Arizona’s energy future:

* Arizona’s energy mix will be cleaner. The report predicts that energy from renewable sources will double by 2029. The fastest-growing segment within the renewable category is expected to be rooftop solar, which should triple over the same period. Savings from energy efficiency measures, which are intended to reduce customer demand, are also expected to triple by 2029.

* Natural gas will be the new energy source of choice. Because renewable energy can’t supply customers with steady, predictable energy around the clock, Arizona will need more generation from natural gas, which can start and ramp up quickly, and can provide energy reliably day or night. Over the next 15 years, natural gas is projected to surpass coal and nuclear as the largest source of electricity generation for APS customers. APS still will maintain a diverse, balanced resource portfolio to provide customers with affordable electricity, and manage exposure to fuel price volatility.

* Advanced technology will change the electricity grid. In the next 15 years, APS customers will have more choices about their energy use – smart appliances, plug-in electric vehicles, rooftop solar panels and even the possibility of battery storage. To enable these choices while ensuring safe and reliable electricity, APS is modernizing its electricity grid, making it more dynamic and flexible.

“Arizona’s energy future is bright,” said Tammy McLeod, Vice President of Resource Management for APS. “When we look into the future, we see Arizona’s growing energy needs being met with resources that are increasingly clean, diverse and innovative.”

The report paints an optimistic picture of Arizona’s economic growth. It projects that the state’s energy needs will grow 52 percent in the next 15 years. The requirement for peak demand is predicted to hit nearly 13,000 megawatts by 2029, up 60 percent from today’s peak requirement of 8,124 megawatts. Peak demand measures the amount of electricity being used when energy use is at its highest point.

The projected growth of renewable energy, combined with other actions including the recent closure of three coal-fired units at the APS-operated Four Corners Power Plant, is predicted to make the overall APS energy mix cleaner and more efficient. The report anticipates that in 2029, the APS generation portfolio will produce 14 percent less carbon dioxide and use 24 percent less water per megawatt-hour of electricity generated.

The report also envisions the need for flexible generation and a modern electricity grid. In the past, the electricity grid was like a one-way street. Electricity was generated at large, centralized power plants and delivered to customers at the flip of a switch. Today, power generation is becoming more complex and, in the case of renewable energy, unpredictable and variable based on the weather.

To ensure a steady and reliable energy supply, the report anticipates that utilities like APS will need more generating plants that can respond quickly to changes in customer demand and renewable output. For example, when cloud cover suddenly decreases production from solar sources, APS customers will need smaller, quick-starting generation that can respond within minutes to changing conditions. Power plants fueled with natural gas are better at “ramping,” as it is called, than generating sources such as nuclear and coal.

Along with a more flexible energy mix, Arizona will also need a more flexible, modern electricity grid. APS plans to invest $170 million in modern grid technology over the next five years, in addition to routine grid maintenance and upgrades. This includes installing more than 5,000 advanced devices across the electricity grid that will help APS workers keep it safe and reliable.

APS files its Integrated Resource Plan with the Arizona Corporation Commission every two years, forecasting how it will meet customers’ energy needs over a 15-year planning period.

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE: PNW).

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University of Phoenix names new president

University of Phoenix announced that the institution’s board of trustees has named Timothy P. Slottow as the new president of the University.

Slottow’s distinguished career spans 30 years at public and private organizations throughout the U.S. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Michigan, where he is responsible for operations and finance. Since 1998, Slottow’s work at the University of Michigan—one of the nation’s largest public universities—has helped the institution fulfill its academic mission and strategy on behalf of 61,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. He will assume office at University of Phoenix on June 20, 2014.

“Tim Slottow’s leadership at the University of Michigan amplifies what he has done throughout his accomplished career: delivering measurable results to public and private organizations as they embrace the principle of continuous advancement and transition to reach ambitious goals,” said Merrilee Lewis Engel, Ph.D., Chair of the University of Phoenix board of trustees.

“After a comprehensive national search, we are honored to have Tim Slottow join us from one of the world’s most respected higher education institutions,” said Gregory W. Cappelli, member of the University of Phoenix board of trustees, and CEO of Apollo Education Group, Inc. “Tim shares our commitment to the mission of University of Phoenix, and to delivering a quality education that helps students achieve academic and personal success to meet their individual and professional goals. I am confident that his focus on connecting students’ talents, skills, and educational achievement to employers’ ever-increasing human capital needs will help differentiate University of Phoenix and deliver genuine value to its students.”

“For decades, University of Phoenix has pioneered change throughout U.S. higher education, and I am honored to lead this groundbreaking and innovative university through its latest and most significant transformation,” said Slottow. “I am committed to furthering the University’s important work to deliver high quality, career-relevant educational programs that help all students achieve—and exceed—their professional goals.”

In his current position at the University of Michigan, Slottow supervises and is responsible for the university’s $6.3 billion annual operating revenues and more than $16 billion in financial and physical assets.

“Tim Slottow has played an integral role in the University’s growth and financial stability throughout the recession, ensuring the University of Michigan’s academic excellence as he worked in partnership with our academic and university leaders,” said University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman.

Prior to his work at the University of Michigan, Slottow oversaw strategic business planning and finance at Amtrak in Washington, D.C.; served as director of policy and planning for the City of Seattle; and was a manager at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). He earned a master’s degree in business administration from University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley.

As the seventh University of Phoenix president, Slottow succeeds Bill Pepicello, Ph.D., who began his tenure at the University in 1995 and announced his intention to retire in September 2013.

Steve Sanghi, president and CEO of Microchip.

Microchip Completes Acquisition of Supertex

Microchip Technology Incorporated and Supertex, Inc. announced that Microchip has completed its previously announced acquisition of Supertex following approval of the transaction by Supertex shareholders at Supertex’s special meeting of shareholders held today.

Approximately 98.4% of the Supertex shares that voted were voted in favor of the merger in which Supertex shareholders will receive $33.00 per share in cash. Overall, approximately 87.7% of the total outstanding Supertex shares were voted. Therefore, approximately 86.43% of the total outstanding Supertex shares were voted in favor of the acquisition transaction.

“We are very pleased to have completed our acquisition of Supertex,” said Steve Sanghi, President and CEO of Microchip. “I welcome the Supertex employees into the Microchip family and look forward to building a combined organization that will bring the capabilities of both organizations to bear in the marketplace.”

As a result of the completion of the transaction, trading in Supertex common stock on the NASDAQ will cease effective after the close of market today.

Microchip will share more information regarding the Supertex transaction during its Q4 and FY2014 financial results conference call scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

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Zanes Wins National RADICAL Entrepreneur Award

Leading Southern Arizona injury law firm Zanes Law announced that non-attorney co-founder Claudia Zanes has won the Doreen Rainey RADICAL Entrepreneur Award, for being “bold and courageous enough to depart from the usual, expected or ordinary to take charge of her professional and personal lives.” Zanes was given the award March 23 at the 6th annual Get Radical women’s business conference in Reston, Va., just outside of Washington D.C.

“It was incredible to hear I was a finalist and to experience the conference. I met so many inspiring women it was beyond humbling, but to win? That was amazing and completely unexpected,” said Zanes.

Keynote speakers included Doreen Rainey, conference founder, and world-class athlete, wellness expert and daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali. The conference theme, “Heart of a Champion,” echoed throughout keynote speeches – as well as Zanes’ off-the-cuff speech to more than 300 women who attended the conference about her humble upbringing and rise to success.

“To hear the stories of Doreen Rainey, Laila Ali and all of the other women was inspiring,” Zanes said. “They talked about what it takes to make it, how they’ve overcome many struggles and how they have lived the ‘RADICAL’ life of a modern businesswoman. I could relate to all of them. I’m in a male-dominated industry and I spend most of my time doing business with men. It was eye-opening to hear the viewpoints of other women, as well as their experiences and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Claudia Zanes’ marketing knowledge, business management and deep community ties have been absolutely essential to growing Zanes Law. In only 11 years, the firm has come to the forefront of Arizona’s competitive legal market, growing from a single-attorney, three-staff firm to five offices and more than 40 employees.

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HCLA 2014: Lifetime Achievement

Linda Hunt, Dignity Health CEO

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WINNER

Linda Hunt
Dignity Health

Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.

 


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HCLA 2014: Researcher of the year

WINNER

Venkatesh G. Ramaiah
Arizona Heart Hospital

Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.


David Jacofsky
CORE Institute

Switching between his doctor’s coat and his suit coat, Jacofsky balances medical and business tasks. He is a nationally recognized expert in joint reconstruction and replacement, traumatology and oncology. He has expanded his organization to care for 43,000 new patients and plans to hire hundreds of new staff members

Glen Weiss
CTCA

Instead of pursuing a traditional academic research career, Weiss changed courses in order to broaden his focus to early drug development for lung cancer, thoracic cancer, skin cancer and rare cancers. He completed numerous clinical trials with investigational agents and helped contribute the approval of three drugs to the FDA.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Physician of the Year

WINNER

Jimmy Chow
IASIS Healthcare

Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.


FINALISTS

Karen Corallo Chaney
Magellan Health Services

Chaney provides clinical oversight for adults with mental illness. She initiated the Arizona Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System and the pilot, Driving Suicides to Zero, which utilizes screens, risk assessments, and interventions. No suicides were reported from the pilot and suicides by members of the behavioral health system has decreased by nearly 50 percent.

David Notrica
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

As the trauma medical director for PCH, Notrica helped create the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Arizona for the evaluation, stabilization, treatment and care of children who have experienced a trauma. The program has expanded to treat 2,500 patients, making it one of the busiest pediatric trauma centers in the nation.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Medical Research Company of the Year

WINNER

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.


FINALISTS

Banner MD Anderson

Banner MD Anderson spent the year fundraising and innovating for cancer patient treatment. It raised money for a $20 million goal to help with treatments and tests including stem cell transplants, lung cancer screenings, breast cancer drugs manufactured in Arizona, scorpion venom treatments and more.

UA Cancer Center

The UA Cancer Center used the Basic-Clinical Partnerships Research Grant program to support collaborative translational research pilot projects that are led by both a scientist and a clinician. This will fund six teams of investigators on topics including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, brain cancer, myeloma bone disease and lymphoma.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Medical Company of the Year

WINNER

Ventana

Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.


Medtronic

Medtronic announced and launched several products and studies in 2013. Some of the announcements include the first human implant of the world’s smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker and FDA approval to enroll the first U.S. renal denervation clinical study for patients with moderate uncontrolled hypertension.

W.L. Gore and Associates

W. L. Gore and Associates expanded FDA approval for its Viabahn endoprosthesis, which is a treatment of stenosis and thrombotic occlusions related to synthetic vascular access grafts. They also enrolled their first patient in a clinical trial of their Excluder iliac branch device that treats patients with common iliac artery aneurysms.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Medical Center or Hospital

WINNER

Scottsdale Healthcare

As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.


FINALISTS

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs. The Cavanagh Heart Center is recognized as a leading provider of cardiac services and vascular research. The Medical Center was also home to the 100th set of quadruplets born at their facilities.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

CTCA provides whole-person care for cancer patients that includes supportive therapies, naturopathic medicine, nutritional support and mind-body, chiropractic and spiritual care. They operate under the Mother Standard and every patient receives individualized care from a team of doctors that follows them through their journey.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center

St. Joseph’s Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation, which is an international acknowledgement that the hospital has a high level of expertise in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have also made great strides in diagnosing and curing Hepatitis C and even did Arizona’s first breathing lung transplantation.

St. Luke’s Medical Center

Providing care for the Valley for more than a century, St. Luke’s has expanded from a 20-bed facility focused on tuberculosis to a 200-bed center that encompasses an inpatient/outpatient hospital, medical office buildings, behavioral health center and acclaimed burn center.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Legal Advocate

WINNER

Kristen Rosati
Polsinelli 

As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.


FINALISTS

Richard Mallery
Snell and Wilmer 

As the founding pro-bono chair and CEO of the International Genomics Consortium, Mallery was the driving force bringing the IGC and TGen) to Phoenix. In addition, he was the founding chair of the Molecular Profiling Institute, which was purchased in January 2008 by Caris Diagnostics of Dallas. He now serves on the board of Caris Diagnostics.

Martin L. Shultz
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Shultz led the 100-member Steering Committee that in 2002 launched Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, the state’s long-term strategy to advance its bioscience sector. Over 10 years, the Roadmap helped Arizona bioscience jobs increase by 45 percent and the number of bioscience establishments in Arizona rose 31 percent.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Insurance Provider

WINNER

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.


FINALISTS

Health Net of Arizona

Health Net of Arizona has been serving Arizonans since 1981 and has been Ranking Arizona’s No. 1 HMO for nine years in a row. Health Net of Arizona, together with Health Net Life Insurance Company, offer healthcare plans and specialty services including coverage for vision, dental, life insurance, chiropractic and alternative medicine.

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.45 million Arizonans and is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. It works to help simplify the healthcare experience, sustain relationships with care providers, empower consumers and improve affordability for consumers, employers and the larger healthcare system.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Healthcare Executive

WINNER

Robert L. Meyer
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.


FINALISTS

Tony Marinello
IASIS Healthcare

As CEO of Mountain Vista, Marinello changed the hospital’s challenged reputation to one of national recognition, especially for its cardiac, stroke and trauma programs. He established a public-private partnership to help underserved patients and even provided response vehicles to treat non-emergent patients in their homes to keep them out of the emergency room.

Ed Myers
IASIS Healthcare

Myers has expanded St. Luke’s Medical Center’s programs. The expansions include a partnership with the Behavioral Health Center, which helps the growing need for geropsych care, and the Grossman Burn Center, which focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of burns and collaborates with organizations to bring prevention education to the community.

Tim Bricker
Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert

Chandler Regional has undergone significant expansion since the arrival of Bricker in 2011. The hospital added a $9.9 million cardiac catheterization lab and a $125 million, five-story patient tower that will expand emergency services, adding six beds and 180 jobs. The hospital is also seeking a Level I trauma designation.

Mary Lee DeCoster
Maricopa Integrated Health System

DeCoster exemplifies the passion needed in the healthcare industry. With MIHS, she is responsible for more than $1 billion in gross revenue and a multitude of other responsibilities to help the uninsured and under-insured. She is a company leader for the Heart Walk, where she speaks about the loss of her daughter and about heart health awareness.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Community Outreach/Education

WINNER

Barbara Kavanagh
Arizona Myeloma Network

Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.


FINALISTS

Catherine Ivy
Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation

After a personal loss, Catherine Ivy has raised $50 million for brain cancer research through the Ivy Foundation in the United States and Canada. The Ivy Foundation is the largest private funder of brain cancer research in the United States and focuses on diagnostics, treatments, and quality of life.

Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D.
Midwestern University

Midwestern is Arizona’s largest health professions university in medical, dental, pharmacy and optometry colleges and contains Arizona’s first veterinary college. Goeppinger commutes weekly between the Arizona and Illinois campuses to oversee their development. At her behest, students and employees provide nearly 10,000 hours of community service annually.


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HCLA 2014: Bioscience Company

WINNER

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.


FINALISTS

Barrow at PCH

Barrow at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is dedicated to using innovative technology to help diagnose and treat children. This year, it joined the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at ASU to promote interdisciplinary collaborations and also purchased an alternative machine to prevent sedation for MRIs for children with various problems.

Sonora Quest

As the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, Sonora Quest’s’ Care360 cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) ranked N. 1 in several categories in the Black Book 2013 Rankings. Sonora is committed to innovative connectivity solutions that help doctors use diagnostics and other information to promote favorable outcomes for patients.


HCLA 2014 Winners & Finalists

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HCLA 2014: Healthcare Advocate

WINNER

Dr. John Chen
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.


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Dr. Randy Christensen
Crews ‘n’ Healthcare

With Crews’n Healthcare, Christensen has helped and advocated for homeless adolescents. He has succeeded in reducing ER visits by 50 percent, increasing the connection of youths and behavioral health case managers by 41 percent, increasing patients screened for STV, HIV and hepatitis by 85 percent and growing the program to care for more than 6,500 patients.

Gerri Hether
Orchard Medical Consulting

Providing great care as a nurse case manager for people injured on the job, Hether receives the most challenging patients with the most complex injuries. She has one of the highest success rates of returning injured workers to productivity and optimal health in the state.


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ON Semiconductor Earns DoD Accreditation

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has been granted “Trusted Design” status for its Pocatello, Idaho, facility through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense MicroElectronics Activity (DMEA) accreditation program. The design accreditation adds to the company’s “Trusted Foundry” and “Trusted Broker” accreditations, making ON Semiconductor one of only a select few Trusted Foundry providers to also offer trusted application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design resources.

The accreditation program is part of the DoD’s strategy to ensure that electronic components used in U.S. military and national security applications are trustworthy and secure. Certification is required and becoming more crucial as offshore migration of all sectors of the microelectronics industry increases and demand for high-performance ASICs from military and national security agencies continues to expand.

The new Trusted Design accreditation enables ON Semiconductor to own the process flow from design right through to wafer fabrication. The company’s project engineering teams in Idaho can now focus on customer designs without third party intervention, accelerating design cycle times for complex ASICs and achieving valuable reductions in overall project costs. Under the Trusted Design accreditation, ON Semiconductor is able to support its 110 nanometer (nm), 180 nm, 0.35 um and 0.5 um standard cell digital designs at its Pocatello, Idaho, facility, which features 40,000 square feet of manufacturing clean room manufacturing space, and at its Gresham, Oregon, facility that has more than 100,000 square feet of clean room space.

“Achieving Trusted Design accreditation underlines the extremely high quality and security of our technical expertise, facilities, processes and products,” said Vince Hopkin, vice president, Military/Aerospace, Digital, Custom Foundry, IPD and Image Sensor products at ON Semiconductor. “Along with the company’s previously awarded Trusted Foundry and Trusted Broker accreditations, the Trusted Design status enables ON Semiconductor to further improve our services to customers and achieve enhanced efficiencies that help reduce overall costs and time-to-market for new designs.”

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GlobalMed Joins Alliance for Connected Care

Representatives of member companies unanimously approved GlobalMed® for membership in the Alliance for Connected Care, a 501(c)(6) organization, on March 20th. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott and former senior Senator John Breaux officially launched the Alliance in February. Members are leading health care and technology companies from across the healthcare spectrum, representing insurers, retail pharmacies, telehealth platform providers, telecommunications companies and health care entrepreneurs.

The goal of the Alliance is to create a regulatory environment in which every medical provider in America is permitted to deliver safe, high quality care using telehealth technology at his or her discretion, and be compensated at a consistent rate, regardless of care delivery location or technological delivery method.

“Healthcare is at a critical juncture,” said GlobalMed CEO Joel E. Barthelemy. “I believe we all want a healthcare system that utilizes proven, secure technologies in the delivery of care to minimize unwanted outcomes and high costs.”

Medical licenses vary by state, and some prohibit physicians from treating patients or prescribing medicine without an in-person visit. The Alliance believes it can achieve its goal of improving access to health care through legislation that removes geographic and site limitations and enables patients to communicate with their providers, regardless of location. It also wants to ensure the appropriate reimbursement of providers for connected care.

“The Alliance for Connected Care is spot on,” Barthelemy noted. “These are the disincentives that have discouraged the widespread use of technologies for remote care that other countries around the world have already embraced.”

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Mobile Mini Completes Pair of Acquisitions

Mobile Mini, Inc. announced it has completed the purchase of the assets and operations of two portable storage providers located in North Dakota and North Carolina. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

“These acquisitions align with our growth strategy in geographic areas of opportunity where we can acquire high utilization rental assets on favorable terms,” said Erik Olsson, Mobile Mini President and Chief Executive Officer. “The expansion of our fleet in both North Dakota and North Carolina provides strategic opportunities by increasing access and availability for new and existing customers in these regions. We find the oil & gas driven market in North Dakota to be attractive and the newly acquired North Carolina units are over 95% utilized, both of which should provide consistent long-term returns.”

The two newly acquired businesses have a combined fleet of over 1,200 units which consists predominately of portable storage containers. Mobile Mini will not add any employees from either acquired business.

Olsson continued, “We are executing on our growth strategy by focusing on both organic growth along with strategic acquisitions and believe this will continue to add long term value for our shareholders.”

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Jaburg Wilk Expands Healthcare Practice

Jaburg Wilk announced that Douglas O. Guffey joined the firm as a Partner to expand the healthcare law practice area.

Guffey has over thirty years of legal experience representing doctors and healthcare facilities. He served twelve years as the Executive Director of a management services organization supporting physician-owned medical groups and treatment centers.

In earlier years, Guffey worked his way from associate to equity partner in a large law firm representing commercial banks and Fortune 500 companies, and served as a senior contract law advisor in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he earned a U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal.

“Doug not only expands JW’s healthcare expertise, but his extensive experience in real estate and business transactions provides additional “bench strength” for our transactional clients,” said Managing Partner Gary Jaburg.

Guffey received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. summa cum laude from Arizona State University.

Guffey is an AV Preeminent,” rated attorney, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell.

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TGen expert honored for cancer research

Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, who has been instrumental in developing numerous new cancer treatments, is among this year’s recipients of the Award of Excellence from the Hope Funds for Cancer Research.

Dr. Von Hoff, M.D., FACP, who is Physician-In-Chief and Distinguished Professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Chief Scientific Officer for Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, will receive the 2014 Hope Funds Award of Excellence in Medicine.

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is dedicated to advancing innovative research for the most difficult-to-treat cancers.

Dr. Von Hoff is being recognized for his work over the past decade in the clinical development of many new cancer treatments. He was nominated by past recipients, and selected by the Hope Funds Board of Trustees.

His accomplishments will be celebrated April 24 at the 2014 Award of Excellence Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The gala provides support for programmatic activities and raises funds for postdoctoral fellowships in cancer research.

Dr. Von Hoff is a medical oncologist and oncology drug developer whose major interest is in the development of new anticancer agents. His clinical research is conducted at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Among the other five recipients of the 2014 Hope Funds Award is Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. James D. Watson, best known as the co-discoverer in 1953 of the double-helix structure of DNA, a scientific turning point in the understanding of life. Dr. Watson is receiving a special Award of Excellence for Extraordinary Achievement. Other recipients of this year’s Award of Excellence are: Dr. Tyler Jacks for Basic Science; Dr. Charles L. Sawyers for Clinical Development; and Dr. Jan Vilcek for Advocacy.

“With the occasion to celebrate the greatest living scientist of the 20th Century (Watson) along with this year’s Honorees, plus our past Honorees, this will be a gathering of many of the greatest minds in the field of cancer research,” Dr. Malcolm A.S. Moore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hope Funds for Cancer Research, said in a press release.

At the gala, Hope Funds will present its Awards of Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievements in the fields of basic research, drug development, medicine, patient support and philanthropy.

“This event, a white tie dinner set in the shadow of an ancient Egyptian temple, will highlight a remarkable group of scientists who are making a radical difference in cancer research. It is truly an extraordinary experience,” Bill Rueckert, Honorary co-chair of the 2014 Gala said in a press release.

Dr. Von Hoff and his colleagues have conducted early clinical investigations of many new cancer agents, including: gemcitabine, docetaxel, paclitaxel, topotecan, irinotecan, fludarabine, mitoxantrone, dexrazoxane, nab-paclitaxel, vismodegib, and others. These treatments are helping many patients with breast, ovarian, prostate, colon, leukemia, advanced basil cell and pancreatic cancers.

“I am truly honored to be included in the company of such distinguished physicians and scientists whose work has been furthered by the Hope Funds for Cancer Research,” said Dr. Von Hoff. “This recognition not only celebrates past accomplishments, but also is a reflection of the advances we are making right now for the benefit of our patients.”

He and his colleagues are concentrating on the development of molecularly targeted therapies for individual patients with cancer. His other major accomplishment is the development of two specific treatments, which have improved the survival for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Von Hoff also is Professor of Medicine at both Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and the University of Arizona College of Medicine; and Chief Scientific Officer at US Oncology.

Dr. Von Hoff graduated cum laude from Carroll University, and received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, then completed a medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Von Hoff served a six-year term on President Bush’s National Cancer Advisory Board (2004-10).

He is a Fellow and past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s largest cancer research organization; a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; and a member and past board member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Dr. Von Hoff is a founder of ILEX™ Oncology, Inc. (acquired by Genzyme after Ilex had 2 agents, alemtuzumab and clofarabine approved by the FDA for patients with leukemia). He received ASCO’s 2010 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to cancer research leading to significant improvement in patient care.

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U. of Phoenix offers Cybersecurity Scholarships

University of Phoenix, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc., and the (ISC)2® Foundation, today announced they are offering nine full-tuition scholarships. (ISC)2 Foundation is the non-profit charitable trust for (ISC)² that aims to empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online lives with community cyber security education and awareness. The scholarships will provide education opportunities for individuals interested in entering or furthering their information security careers.

Each scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix and will receive a voucher from (ISC)² to take either the SSCP® or CISSP® certification exam within one year of graduation.

(ISC)² and University of Phoenix are both working to advance the skills of information technology and security professionals to address the growing skills gaps in these fields. The collaboration will also be reflected in curriculum that meets the needs of today’s information security economy.

The (ISC)² sixth annual Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) revealed that the lack of skilled and qualified information security professionals is negatively affecting both companies and consumers and causing a global economic ripple effect. In fact, more than half (56 percent) of survey respondents indicated that the staffing shortage is significantly impacting their organizations. Security concerns indicated by respondents included brand damage, breaches of laws and regulations, service downtime, customer privacy violations, and customer identity and corporate intellectual property theft.

“Educating cybersecurity professionals should be one of the top global priorities,” said Julie Peeler, director, (ISC)2 Foundation. “The profound staffing and skills shortages in this industry put organizations’ reputations and customer data at risk. We are proud to collaborate with University of Phoenix to offer these scholarships and provide learning and career opportunities to the next generation of information security professionals.”

“University of Phoenix is committed to providing degree programs and curriculum that reflect real industry needs,” said Dr. Tim Welsh, senior vice president for Industry Strategy at Apollo Education Group. “There is a clear demand for information security professionals and the University is pleased to collaborate with (ISC)², a globally renowned leader in the information security field, to directly align our education programs with industry staffing needs.”

Applications for the University of Phoenix/(ISC)² Cybersecurity Scholarships are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 3, 2014. Each scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix and can choose to attend a local University of Phoenix campus or online. (ISC)² will also provide recipients with a voucher to take either the SSCP or CISSP certification exam within one year of graduation. The exam voucher will be provided to the awarded recipients upon proof of graduation in an area of study with an emphasis on cybersecurity and/or information assurance. For scholarship terms and conditions or to learn more about the scholarship, visit www.phoenix.edu/isc2scholar.

To learn more about University of Phoenix efforts to better equip the workforce through innovative corporate alliances, learning tools and educational programs, visit phoenix.edu/industry.

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Orbital Begins Building 81 Satellites in Gilbert

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridium’s prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases for this second-generation global communications satellite constellation at its satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert, AZ. The commencement of production also signifies the opening of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at the Gilbert facility, which allows Orbital to reduce program costs by importing foreign-sourced hardware from Thales Alenia Space.

“Ten years ago, this factory was created with large scale production in mind,” said Jason Yocum, Orbital’s Senior Program Director for the Iridium NEXT production program. “Today, at the Gilbert facility, we produce cutting-edge satellites that are executed with the highest degree of excellence and professionalism. As always, we appreciate the support we have received from the Town of Gilbert as we begin to use this unique facility for its intended purpose – as an international high-rate satellite production factory.”

Orbital worked closely with the Town of Gilbert to develop the new FTZ, enabling the company to develop a highly efficient satellite production line. Orbital will integrate a total of 81 satellites for the constellation, including 66 low-Earth orbit operational satellites, six in-orbit spares, and nine ground-backup spacecraft, over the next three years. Orbital’s responsibilities also include ground support equipment, primary and hosted payload integration, shipment and launch integration services.

“We thank Orbital for their partnership and cooperation in creating Gilbert’s first Foreign Trade Zone,” said John Lewis, Mayor of Gilbert, AZ. “It takes a tremendous amount of effort to prepare for a project of this magnitude and we are excited for this international effort to be happening here in Gilbert.”

Scheduled to begin launching in 2015, Iridium NEXT will fully replace Iridium’s current satellite constellation of 66 cross-linked low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that cover 100 percent of the globe. It will dramatically enhance Iridium’s ability to meet the rapidly-expanding demand for truly global mobile communications on land, at sea and in the skies.

“Over the past three years, our teams have been working diligently to produce the best-designed satellite and to validate that design in preparation for production,” said Scott Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Iridium Communications Inc. “Team members from all over the world have been working together to challenge the processes, build hardware for validation testing and work to make this process as efficient as possible. All of this hard work has paid off and we look forward to a steady production of high quality satellites for our new network from this facility.”

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Sky Harbor Honored at World Airport Awards

The SkyTrax’s World Airport Awards, a global benchmark of airport excellence, recently named Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as one of the World’s Best Airports serving 40-50 million passengers in 2014. Phoenix Sky Harbor ranked seventh in the world and joins the ranks of other international airports such as Incheon International Airport in South Korea and Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

These awards were presented at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual World Airport Awards are one of the most respected honors in the industry. Honorees are selected by customers in the largest, annual independent global airport customer satisfaction survey. The survey asks customers from more than 160 countries to rank 410 airports based on 39 key indicators such as ease of check-in, terminal comfort and cleanliness, choice of shopping and dining options, and friendliness of airport staff.

“We are honored that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport, was named one of the World’s Best,” said Acting Aviation Director Tamie Fisher. “We take pride offering our travelers world-class customer service and access to the services they desire to make their travel experience seamless and enjoyable.”