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Honeywell is advancing flight safety through enhanced situational awareness. On the ground or in the air, getting more information to pilots is critical for the safe operation of aircraft. That’s why we strive to create safety systems that not only surround pilots with the key information they need – weather, traffic and terrain – but also integrate these innovations into lightweight, cost-effective platforms. From intuitive displays and predictive sensors to integrated avionics, Honeywell reduces pilot workload while enhancing situational awareness with proven automated advanced avionics solutions.

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R&D jobs and a renewable energy production tax credit to leverage one of our most abundant resources, the sun. At GCOI, we pay tribute to the leading legislators who helped make this possible. Arizona’s teachers and students represent our future. The Council is focusing enormous effort and resources on improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the state. GCOI also includes celebrating the best teacher and the finest students that Arizona has produced in math and science. We thank Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commerce Authority for partnering with the Council to honor the best and brightest in science and technology in our state. Please join me, the Council’s Board of Directors, and staff in congratulating all of the finalists and winners past and present for accelerating the growth of technology throughout Arizona. advancement. We celebrate We also invite you to the businesses and innovators striving to improve the economy congratulate this year’s winners and finalists yourself by attending and our future for generations GCOI at the Phoenix Convention to come. In this issue of Center on Nov. 18. It’s your TechConnect, see how some GCOI winners from prior years chance to help us shine a bright light on their successes. have progressed with their innovations. Throughout the course of 2010, the Council has been vigorously advocating on behalf of the technology industry. It is our goal to continuously improve the environment in which technological innovators and their companies operate. This year’s legislative STEVEN G. ZYLSTRA accomplishments included President & CEO, creation of a refundable Arizona Technology Council research and development tax credit to help create high-quality

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The park advances the university’s research mission and its efforts at technology development and technology commercialization. It is one of the region’s largest employment centers, hosting approximately 40 businesses and organizations that employee 7,000 people and contributing $3 billion annually to Pima County’s economy. The park also is home to the Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator, and three educational institutions : UA South, Pima Community College, and Vail Academy and High School. The park has been nationally recognized as one of the premier university research parks in North America.

paced sector. Grant funds are from the Governor’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Discretionary monies allocated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funding will be used two ways. One is to establish and incubate a statewide Aerospace and Defense Initiative to develop a coordinated strategy for continued growth in A&D, including implementing recommendations identified by the Governor’s Aerospace and Defense Commission. Also it will used for investments in research and aerospace programs through university/industry partnerships.

The Excellence Award for Innovative Economic Development is designed to honor organizations that have successfully created and implemented economic development strategies for their respective regional communities that place Arizona in the forefront of economic development. The Common Ground Awards recognize community leaders, projects and events with successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community. The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development marketing materials, programs and partnerships. The park partnered with BizTucson to develop a 30-page special section insert in the spring 2010 edition of the magazine to commemorate the park’s 15th anniversary. “These awards confirm the investment spent in strategically developing and master planning the UA Tech Park,” says Bruce Wright, associate vice president for university research parks. “Our success was achieved through collaboration with our many partners who are just as dedicated to the projects as we are.” The zone is a comprehensive, integrated solar research park. Its components include research and development, solar energy generation and deployment, materials and supplies, manufacturing and distribution of solar equipment and hardware, greenjob and workforce training, and a public awareness and demonstration center to showcase uses of solar energy. The zone is attracting and developing world-class solar companies that contribute economically to the region and increase the capacity and usage of renewable energy throughout southern Arizona. Phase One will include $80 million to $100 million in capital investment and is expected to generate 18.5 MW of electrical power on a daily basis. + GET CONNECTED The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park: www.uatechpark.org.

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t’s a given that you can’t be all things to all people. But can you always there when they need you? Absolutely. With technology today, there’s no reason your marketing initiatives have to end at 5 p.m. What I’m saying is simply to be everywhere your customers are. The goal is what we refer to as 24/7 marketing connectivity. Tools available today can help. Search engines such as Google, industrial destination sites, e-mail marketing and even blogs allow you to reach: • An active in-market audience at the moment they demonstrate interest in your company, products or services. • An active target market while they are online reading content relevant to your company, products or services. • Your target market when they are online engaging in activities.

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The trends we are seeing in the industrial marketplace—and what the research supports—is that online is increasingly becoming an important tool for the industrial buyer audience. Integrating online is critical for completing your marketing efforts. Of course, the name of the game still is to get a return on effort.

Here’s Help So what tools do you use to help stay in front of your customer? It depends on what you need to know. There are various technology categories and what they can measure for you varies:

• Internal and integration (customer relationship management (CRM), demand generation) Measurement: all about efficiency, reporting and making good decisions from data and automating process. • Campaign management (emotional selling preposition (ESP), search ) Measurement: effectiveness of campaign for every dollar spent and productivity of resources • Measurement /monitoring (Web analytics) Measurement: incremental improvements and understanding customers (quantitative) • Customer research (usability; social monitoring) Measurement: getting into the minds of the customer (qualitative) One you determine what you need to know, then you can make your choices of what can give you that information. For example, here are some sites to consider when doing your search: • CRM: Salesforce.com • DG (demand generation): Marketo • ESP: Exacttarget • PPC (pay per click): Google AdWords • Analytics: Omniture, Google Analytics • Research: Survey Monkey • Remote usability: Keynote • Social monitoring: Radian

Check This Out But be careful. You just don’t put your tech tools into place and forget to monitor the

results. Don’t forget: People, process and technology still must be aligned throughout. There are still some potential pitfalls along the way in customer acquisition, first impressions, merchandising and selection, and the checkout process. These are the places to check if want to know where you are losing your customers. • Targeting an inappropriate audience • Unclear marketing message • Slow page load • Unengaging look and feel to your online presence • Clumsy site navigation • Ineffective presentation • No access to real-time help • Uncompetitive price • Ineffective tools to assist selection • Long delivery times • Excessive shipping costs • Credit card validation error All these can chip away to the point that a 100 percent conversion rate can become as low as 1.9 percent. But everything counts. Even small increases in conversion can generate substantial revenue. They include e-mail newsletter signup, whitepaper download. request for quote, and order placed It’s those last two words that make your effort worthwhile. Suddenly, trying to work in a 24/7 world doesn’t seem worth losing sleep over. Aaron Kahlow is CEO of Online Marketing Connect, an education based media company focused on in depth education in all areas of online marketing . For more information, go to www.onlinemarketingconnect.com.

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or businesses, social media has become known as the tool that helps make the connection between service or product and customers. But we can’t forget social media’s intent always has been connecting people to people. Even in a global company like Intel, it’s important that we connect our team members. We have had a traditional web 1.0 portal that by the end of 2010 will have evolved into a blend with 2.0. To do this, we have blended technologies, including email and the intranet. As with other companies, an intranet, has news articles and blogs. But there is so much more. Our intranet offers the ability for employees to gather, comment and engage with the information via our social platform, including wikis, on-demand video, professional networking, status messages and virtual groups.

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One department helping us embrace this new culture is human resources. Whether it is providing the ability to employees to interact and have a voice to executives, or an opportunity for employees to ask questions and engage on topics, such as choosing the right health care for their family. Much of our human resources information is moving into documentation in a wiki. This department really feels the incorporation of 2.0 technologies provides a solid way to engage employees. After a lot of exploration we determined that the conduct with these emerging technologies should be no different than the phone or instant messaging. We decided to use the same guidelines we have for code of conduct and use of computers, Internet, and telephone. So we incorporated social computing into the guidelines and streamlined them so they read more in layman’s terms than legalese. We monitor the traffic, but don’t subscribe to policing. Instead, a few human resources professionals identify sentiment online and get ahead of any potential challenges. It really has helped us keep a finger on the pulse of the employee base and organizational health. We also have a team of volunteers across the globe who are ambassadors and help employees apply 2.0

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It’s not all in-house. We have guidelines published on intel.com to guide employees on how to use 2.0 technologies to engage externally on behalf of Intel. It is important to note that we couple the published guidelines with training and ambassadorship. It’s very important to reinforce the behaviors we want to see. We have a lot of folks who blog and tweet externally on behalf of Intel or for a blend of personal and business. Internally, we have well over half of the company engaged with our social platform and roughly 28% who actively contribute content and comments across groups, discussion forums, wikis, blogs, and on-demand video. Some of you with small businesses may be saying there’s no way we can afford to do this. We believe differently. Operating expenses haven’t been significantly impacted. I can say that 2.0 technologies are a significantly less expensive solution than other enterprise applications that provide alternative capabilities. So where is this all headed for business? For the corporate websites, I see the big blend going to occur. For the last three to four years most companies, including us, have had a very web 1.0 presence. We do have external communities and blogs but they are a sidekick to the corporate site. We are working to shift our digital experience to have the user at the center. In doing so, we realize that we have to blend content, information and engagement opportunities together. That means social content and even user-generated metadata will become an integrated part of our intel. com experience for customers.

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ompanies taking steps to make their products or services “greener” have a significant motivation to market to their customers. A recent Hartman Group research study found 93 percent of consumers have at least some interest in purchasing a product or service because of its perceived environmental aspects. It’s no wonder then that the quantity and types of green claims has exploded. That same year alone, market-watchers identified more than 300 new “environmentally friendly” products. And that doesn’t count existing products or services with newer claims, such as “earth friendly” or “carbon neutral” alongside the more familiar “recyclable” or “biodegradable.” Environmental marketing claims also can be inferred from photos, logos, seals of approval, or even a product or service’s name. At the same time, enforcement of laws governing green marketing claims has been spotty at best. For example, despite regular enforcement in the 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took no major enforcement actions from 2000 through 2008. That does appear to be changing, however, with several high-profile actions taken over the past two years--and new FTC marketing guidelines recently proposed, it is important for Arizona companies to make sure their green marketing is not only effective--but accurate and in compliance of the law. The lax enforcement coupled with overzealous marketing efforts to showcase a company’s “green-ness” and the lax enforcement have led to a proliferation of misleading claims. A study last year titled “7 Sins of Greenwashing” found as many as 98

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Federal Influence Although state and industry regulators have jurisdiction in this area, the FTC is principally responsible for enforcing marketing and advertising regulations. The federal agency can prosecute advertising claims determined to be unfair, deceptive, unsubstantiated, or misleading. Penalties for noncompliance can be significant. The FTC can seek both civil penalties and injunctive relief, which could force a company to entirely remove a product from the market. The agency also can require corrective advertising, “disgorgement” of profits, and order restitution to affected customers. With the momentum for making green claims growing so quickly, company marketing staffs often face a dilemma: how to craft their materials, particularly with the newest terminology, with only limited FTC precedent to draw upon. The fallback is the FTC’s Green Guides, regulations meant to provide a safe harbor for companies to compare their claims against (and which many states base their compliance standards). The Green Guides, however, have not been revised since 1998, often creating confusion in the marketplace. On Oct. 7, the FTC proposed long-awaited revisions to the Green Guides, focusing on what marketers can claim in advertising the use of renewable materials, renewable energy and carbon offsets as well as environmental marketing claims such as “green” or “environmentally friendly.” The FTC's message is clear: it will be more aggressive against false

or misleading environmental claims. The proposed revisions, the result of significant public and corporate input over the past three years, keep the FTC's general advertising principles in place - i.e., all “green” claims must be specific, substantiated, and not misleading or deceptive. The agency's main goal is to clarify the steps companies must take to substantiate and qualify their environment claims. The proposed revisions include: • Perhaps the most sweeping change is a limitation on general environmental claims. Unqualified claims such as “environmentally friendly” will now face increased scrutiny in part because of a recent FTC study which revealed almost one-third of consumers interpreted a general claim like “green” or “eco-friendly” to indicate a product had no negative environmental impact at all. • “Seals of approval” and third-party endorsements, types of claims that have become more prevalent, cannot be marketed without qualifying statements that can be substantiated, through competent and reliable scientific evaluation. • Companies should not claim a product is made with “renewable energy” unless virtually all of its components were made with renewable energy and they retain ownership of the Renewable Energy Credits associated with that renewable energy. The following guidelines can help you develop a successful “green” marketing strategy: • Qualify claims, as necessary, to promote clarity in your message. • Ensure all claims asserted or implied are truthful. • Substantiate any claim before advertising, selling or displaying any product or service based on that claim and keep evidence of the substantiation on file. • Be aware regulators and consumers are paying greater attention to “green” claims and consider the benefits/challenges to your company in light of that scrutiny. • Be ready to implement the proposed revisions to the “Green Guides” - and, if necessary, revise your claims • Consult with an expert to evaluate environmental marketing claims for compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. With this increased attention—from government agencies and consumers alike— Arizona companies need to make sure their green claims are not only effective but accurate and compliant as well. Katea Ravega practices environmental law and is a LEED-accredited attorney in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady. One of the few attorneys to have achieved such status, she may be contacted at katea.ravega@quarles.com.


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Back to Basics ocial media and digital marketing are sexy. No doubt about it; everyone is on the train, including me. I tweet and I blog, We are working on search engine optimization at Avnet and even created our own tech educational video on demand portal so we do not miss the wave of communicating with our stakeholders and knowing what they are thinking. But in the past year I have been making sure my budget is balanced. One thing I’ve learned in my three-decades-plus as a corporate marketer is there is no silver bullet to marketing and communications. I read and hear consistently companies are moving their dollars and missing the basics. Why would you put all your budget dollars in one basket? Digital and social media are important tactics that do work, but not alone. So I ask: Do you have a good brand that you use to market your company digitally? If people do not know your company, why would they click on your promo or read about you or follow you on twitter? Have you told your story consistently to establish your brand? Done a brand study lately? What does your brand stand for? Successful companies have and will create and utilize integrated/multimedia strategies and not rely on one tactic that accomplishes these goals:

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Again, there is no way you can lump all your customers and employees into one way of communicating with them. Everyone has different expectations on how to be reached: some by print, others at trade shows, through direct mail, online, sponsorships, community activities, ads in magazines or a story in the paper. Age, job responsibilities and culture are other factors, too.

PR Still A Plus So briefly and simply, do you work at garnering coverage through public relations efforts (which in my book is the No. 1 way to tell your story) or run ads that reach your target market and people who don’t know your company? It’s sad so many publications have gone out of business in the B2B space. Is it because they are not relevant? On the contrary, journalists and independent publications are vital to the success of that industry. All stats say people believe journalists versus ads. I know one thing I would be far more excited to see a story about Avnet in a print publication than tweeted or on a blog post.

The most important asset a company has is its reputation, its brand. Build it and build on it using every tactic available and affordable to you. Fortunately, ad pages in the third quarter rose 3.6 percent from the same period last year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. The second quarter was the first increase in ad pages since late 2007. Also, 136 magazines reported a rise in ad pages in the third quarter compared to 25 in the same period in 2009. Technology ad pages increased 12.3 percent. I was also happy to see two old tech publications come back from the grave this month. If you want to make a difference start advertising and keep publications alive !!! Don't sit back and watch publications get thin or fade away. Remember: The more ad pages, the more articles and PR coverage opportunities. The most important asset a company has is its reputation, its brand. Build it and build on it using every tactic available and affordable to you. Al Maag is chief communications officer for Avnet.

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He uses the Web site a great deal because he is often looking up information for his clients, trying to stay ahead of the curve in regards to technology or trying to fi nd ways to up-sell his current clients. He has his own client management system for the company he works for, but currently he uses the HPS website because some of the client management elements are not easily transferable into his company’s system. He uses the Web site more often than other audiences and wants to be able to fi nd what he is looking for quickly.

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t’s not enough to know how to sell via technology. You also need to know how to reach the new types of customers whose habits vary depending on their own comfort with technology. This is something we learned at Honeywell Process Solutions and we likely are no exception when it comes to marketing today HPS spent the time necessary to learn the online behavior of its business to business (B2B) clients. Although the discovery was HPS customers spending more time online (e.g., 38 percent spend more than 15 hours a week), they aren’t necessarily online savvy. The top three online activities include: • 95 percent use e-mail • 92 percent surf the web to research an issue or solve a problem; 90 percent start with Google when researching a solution to a problem.

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• 63 percent are involved with banking/bill paying online Then came an investigation of what they wanted from the HPS Web site. The most desired content functionality on the Web site are: • Knowledge base • Ability to see training courses relevant to a specific user type • Ability to return to valued content quickly and easily

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But there was still more to determine. After investing additional time and energy, HPS set out to determine B2B client profiles. After all, it’s hard to serve customers if you don’t know who they are. The following were the profiles developed; they reflect the traits of similar customers, not just one. While you may not know the real names of our customers, you may be surprised that these types of people really are familiar.

He visits the HPS Web site when he needs product support or when he receives notices from HPS. He usually visits the Web site in a stressed-out state, therefore the need to find information quickly and efficiently is crucial to him. When he visits the Web site, he is looking to find product anomaly reports, product alerts, discontinued software/hardware notices, patches, software updates/downloads, and other general troubleshooting/support information.


Fiona the Future Buyer She has learned to network with friends and colleagues around the world with similar interests online. Since she is online fairly often in her personal life, she reaches out to other members of her professional social community to fi nd out where she should start and what things she should look for in her work. She asks for possible recommendations in her Twitter feed and she puts up a post on her LinkedIn profi le. She also places status updates on her Facebook page to see if any of her engineering buddies can help her out. Fiona isn’t making purchasing decisions today, however, she will be soon.

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Nick the New Buyer Nick is a potential customer who does not know that HPS can solve his needs. He has no idea who HPS is, but found them through a keyword search for “new regulations for mining processes in CA.” Because this article and information rests on the HPS Web site, he looks further within the Web site to understand who HPS is, what they do, and how they can help him. Since this is his fi rst time to the Web site, Nick needs a lot of convincing and immersion into HPS’s breadth of offerings.

So now that we know them, what do we do for them? Our efforts helped us develop a game plan that we believe will help us better serve the HPS client: • Pump up the email frequency, use e-mail to get customers to web environment. • Focus on Google for SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing) • Improve onsite search by implementing faceted/refi ned search system. • Build online training LMS capabilities. • Facilitate purchase of spare parts for Honeywell systems. • Improve response time to online leads. • Review results against strategic intent. Now it’s your turn to create a new marketing strategy better suited for this era. If you have confidence in the strategy, product decisions become easy and obtaining funding becomes easier, proving results are possible. Brian Chapman is director of eBusiness Programs at Honeywell Process Solutions.

Understand and Segment Targets Here are suggested steps to determine who your B2B clients really are. Understand what your target audience desires • Ask them/research • Build personas • Establish unique differences in behavior • Name them, post them, use them

Determine what they want to accomplish • Collaborate? • Solve problems? • Buy?

Determine the easiest way for them to accomplish it • Determine priorities and areas of emphasis • Determine path of least resistance • Determine what not to do

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Ivan has been a Honeywell customer for a while. What he may not be aware of is the breadth of the full Honeywell portfolio. He also doesn’t understand the other industries that Honeywell serves and their success/leadership in those industries. Ivan visits the Web site looking for specific information about the products he knows. Ivan wants to know how a certain product/ system works, how it fits into what he currently has, and industry specific business process and solutions. He is the type who would be doing cost-benefit analysis on the potential product/service

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You need to know how to reach the new types of customers whose habits vary depending on their own comfort with technology.


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UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR–LARGE COMPANY PIONEERING INNOVATION AWARD s Innovator of the Year/Large Company, Universal Avionics was recognized for offering the aviation industry’s first product line of GPS wide area augmentation system (WAAS) enabled flight management systems. This new generation of flight management systems is being used on business/regional jets around the world to safely guide an aircraft down to point 1/2 mile to the runway and only 200 feet above the ground before the crew must be able to see the runway so they can land the aircraft or must divert and try to land somewhere else (compared to the current technology’s 3/4 mile to the runway and 800 feet above the ground limits). The end result of this improvement is fewer diversions and delays for our business jet customers, improved on-time performance for our passenger airline customers, fuel savings for all customers and a cleaner environment for everyone. The company’s Pioneering Innovation Award honored the company for both the WAAS innovation and the company’s 29 years of leadership in providing innovative technical solutions to provide pilots with increased safety and efficiency.

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The company credits the awards for increasing its statewide reputation and recognition as a technical innovator, which helps with recruiting talented employees. Also, about half its new product sales now involve the WAAS enabled Flight Management Systems. Customers are business jet owners, dealers, business aircraft manufacturers, and government entities. Individual owners and regional airlines have been particularly excited about being early adopters of this technology. In December 2009, Horizon Air became the first scheduled service passenger carrier to operate a flight using WAAS technology. Universal Avionics is the first company to certify a single box solution to the National Transportation Safety Board’s “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements to voice and data recorders. The company is the first to certify a single box capable of providing voice, data and data link recording as well as 10 minute internal backup power. Compared to current state-of-the-art in voice, data and RIPS individual box technologies, the new Universal Avionics CVFDR product is 75 percent smaller and 65 percent lighter than the alternative three box solution.


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INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR– START-UP COMPANY he company was recognized for its Antenna Embedded Radio™ technology, which helps mobile network operators deliver optimal performance and quality of service while slashing network CAPEX and OPEX costs. The radio shrinks inefficient analog circuitry down to inexpensive modular digital circuits that attach directly to individual antenna radiators. This breakthrough architecture results in significant cost savings in network deployment, simplified site acquisition, and performance improvements that enhance coverage and capacity for consumers. Since winning the GCOI award, Ubidyne has established relationships with major U.S. network operators and has plans for trials in the near future. The radio will be purchased and installed by leading wireless network operators and base station OEMs, such as Nokia Siemens Networks, and major antenna partners including Andrew Commscope. Volume production will begin in the first half of 2011. For mobile networks, the radio translates into a reduction in the total cost of ownership by a third, slash energy consumption nearly in half, and improve reception and battery life, allowing subscribers to play games, watch videos and access their favorite social networking websites without recharging their laptops, netbooks, iPads and handsets. Next, Ubidyne will launch new products supporting LTE deployments in the 700MHz and 800MHz digital dividend bands for the U.S .and Europe in 2011 and will deploy solutions for the 2100MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands shortly thereafter.

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he company designs and builds large-area vacuum coating systems and sources. Our technologies enable the manufacture of products ranging from solar control glass to touch screen cellular phones and high definition LCD televisions. General Plasma officials consider the award it validation of General Plasma as an innovation leader, raising its visibility within the state and its industry. In turn, that has enabled officials to recruit great talent both locally and nationally. Customers of its turn-key process and thin film solutions include domestic and international manufacturers of photovoltaic cells, architectural glass, flat panel displays, and energy efficient lighting. Sales now come from as far as Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, most notably in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. It has built a global network of distributors and representatives in key strategic markets that is supported from our world headquarters in Tucson. A new state-of-the-art thin fi lm R&D laboratory has greatly expanded its capability to develop and implement leading edge solutions. General Plasma’s technology is used in the manufacturer of an energyefficient architectural glass and lighting products. Our revolutionary, patented Plasma-Beam Source™ technology is enabling the next generation of high efficiency solar cells capable of achieving grid parity. Despite the sluggish US economy, the company reports strong demand for its AC Ion Source™ technology, Rotary Magnetrons, and Pointed-Pole Anode Layer™ Ion Source.

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MEDICAL SOLUTIONS DIAGNOSTICS (MSDX INC.) INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR–START-UP COMPANY ore commonly referred to as MSDx Inc., the company has focused on commercializing in vitro diagnostic (IVD) blood test products for neurological and autoimmune disorders, with multiple sclerosis (MS) the first disease of focus. Worldwide it is estimated that 2.5 million people are affected by this debilitating, neurological disorder. The company discovered a novel source of biomarkers that reflect the disease activity of MS. In turn, this biomarker panel provides physicians with critical information that aids in monitoring disease progression, tracks response to drug therapy, predicts impending relapses, and facilitates drug development. The biomarker products allow patients to be put on an alternative therapy before accumulating more neurological damage. Ultimately, healthcare costs can be reduced if disease progression is slowed by getting MS patients aligned with the optimal medication. Ultimately, this technology can be utilized in other neurological diseases for growth opportunities in the future. MSDx is developing this patent pending technology into simple blood test products that will be sold to research and clinical laboratories around the world. The company targets a 2011 launch of the products as research use only kits. MSDx is working toward a successful regulatory clearance of an IVD FDA product while generating a revenue stream from research products.

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INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR–START-UP COMPANY lypaper is the leading Flash content creation platform that empowers programmers and non-programmers alike to create, edit, share, track and reuse high-impact Flash and video content. It’s considered a real problem-solver for the marketing, eLearning, and digital signage industries especially because it allows anyone to edit and manipulate content without touching programming code. Plus, it’s done at a fraction of the time and cost typically associated with such projects. The award brought a good amount of attention to Flypaper Studio, and helped position the company as credible with potential new customers and investors. At the time that we won the award, we were putting a tremendous emphasis on the eLearning space and solidifying their presence there—which has proven to be a solid path—after making high quality Flash content easier marketing teams and corporate learning departments. The company’s entrance into the digital signage space occurred in just in the past year and may prove to be our biggest growth opportunity. A digital signage expo in January of this year made representatives realize they hit a jackpot when they discovered theirs is the only company addressing the content problem for this very young industry. They are in the process of releasing version 3.3 of the software, which is all about multi-touch screen technology – the hot new thing.

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INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR– ACADEMIA t’s been a long road from Tucson. NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated attempts to contact the spacecraft were unsuccessful. A new image transmitted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows signs of severe ice damage to the lander’s solar panels. But that doesn’t mean the complete end to the mission, whose principal investigator was Peter Smith from The University of Arizona. The school was the site of mission control. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached the planet in 2006 to begin a twoyear primary science mission. Its data show Mars had diverse wet environments at many locations for differing durations during the planet’s history, and climate-change cycles persist into the present era. The mission has returned more planetary data than all other Mars missions combined. Earth-based research still continues on discoveries Phoenix made during summer conditions at the far-northern site where it landed. During its mission, Phoenix confirmed and examined patches of the widespread deposits of underground water ice detected by Odyssey and identified a mineral called calcium carbonate that suggested occasional presence of thawed water. The lander also found soil chemistry with significant implications for life and observed falling snow. The mission’s biggest surprise was the discovery of perchlorate, an oxidizing chemical on Earth that is food for some microbes and potentially toxic for others. The perchlorate results are shaping subsequent astrobiology research, as scientists investigate the implications of its antifreeze properties and potential use as an energy source by microbes.

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esearchers developed of a process involving selected algae strains and culturing devices to produce biofuels and bioproducts from algae. They credit the award with stimulating multiple companies to contact them to explore potential collaborative activities related to the cultivation of algae and the use of algae for a variety of products. Its customer base, which had been primarily federal and state agencies, has expanded to include start-up and established companies in the biofuel, food, feed, and special product categories. The ASU laboratory has been the recipient of a major contract award from the U. S. Department of Energy and has received funding for expansion to become the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation. The presence and success resulted in hosting the recent 4th Annual Algal Biomass Organization Summit, attracting 650 people from the across the nation and 28 countries to discuss developing technologies in the field. And there’s more to come from the researchers. New products include high value chemicals and natural products as substitutes for artifically synthesized compounds. Services include using and expanding their facilities to become a test bed to assist start-ups and established companies in developing improved algae strains, new cultivation devices, operational protocols, system design, and product quality.

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COMMUNICATIONS & THALES CO. PIONEERING INNOVATION AWARD he award recognized with ACSS’s development of an avionics system called SafeRoute, the first set of avionics applications to be certified by the FAA using a technology called Automatic Dependent SurveillanceBroadcast (ADS-B). ADS-B technology is at the center of the FAA’s NextGen redesign of the air traffic management system. SafeRoute works within this new system and provides airlines and operators with improved situational awareness, which results in increased safety and efficiency in all phases of flight. When the award was given, UPS was the sole customer (UPS). The clients now include a number of airlines, including US Airways. Soon a ADS-B solutions will be part of the standard avionics suite on new Airbus aircraft. SafeRoute continues to evolve, moving from the first set of certified applications into new areas such as In-Trail Procedures and Surface Indicating & Alerting.

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his winner created the only mobile satellite service company offering coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of low-earth orbiting crosslinked satellites provides critical voice and data services for areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. The company’s customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Services also are provided to the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and international government agencies. It has unveiled the Iridium 9555, its smallest, most powerful satellite phone. The company also launched the new 9602 short-burst data (SBD) transceiver, one month ahead of schedule. Designed to be embedded into partnerdeveloped products and systems that enable remote M2M asset tracking and monitoring, the 9602 two-way device is changing the game in terms of size, price and two-way data capability. Iridium, purchased by GHL Acquisition Corp., has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, and has selected Thales Alenia Space as the prime contractor for the Iridium NEXT constellation. In addition, Iridium has signed the largest single commercial launch deal ever with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to be a major provider of launch services for Iridium NEXT.

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2008 GREEN INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR TRILOGY BY SHEA HOMES he development named Trilogy debuted the Shea Green Certified Home. It was the first national builder to offer 3kW solar power system standard on every home plus over 20 other energy efficient, green features. More than 1.5mW of solar power have been generated by Shea homes, not to mention the massive savings from our efficient windows to insulation to tight construction and so on. Customers are baby boomers looking to move into a new home. Shea found that the value equation for green homes doesn’t work, with its cost being higher than the customer’s value. So, it has since created three tiers of “green-ness” that a customer can buy. All are far better than average, but now customers have choice. Most competitors have caught up, generally, as green products are more affordable and more status-quo these days. However, Shea offers numerous other differentiating factors to its homes, amenities and lifestyle to give us an increasing market share.

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he company produces a series of bio-based elastomeric emulsions and solids derived from the company’s guayule crop, which is grown, harvested, and processed in Arizona. Yulex elastomeric (rubber) emulsions and solids are chosen by leading companies to produce products in the medical, high-end consumer, industrial and military markets. The award helped validate Yulex’s commitment to environmentally sustainable strategies while strengthening the culture within the organization to pursue ecoresponsible practices across all of our business functions. Its customers are the leading No. 1 or No. 2 firms in their respective market category and segment, all wanting to be part of the clean, green solutions that are helping to change many industries globally. Yulex has just finished commercializing a series of 14 emulsion product groups, covering medical devices, adhesives, coatings, cast sheets, balloon catheters, industrial products, open and closed cell foams and ultra thin fi lms. It is about to launch a solid elastomer program for customers as diverse as candy makers and tire producers.

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GOV. JAN BREWER HANDS ALGAE WEEK PROCLAMATION WILLIAM C. HARRIS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF SCIENCE FOUNDATION ARIZONA.

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ov. Jan Brewer recently awarded $2 million in discretionary stimulus funding to Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) to be used for research and development of algae-based products. The announcement was made at the fourth annual gathering of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) Summit, an international meeting attended by nearly 700 algae research and industry representatives from around the world. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars (ARRA) will go toward the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), which is administered and funded in part by SFAz and managed by Arizona State University (ASU). The center is at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa and will partner with the rapidly growing algae industry to propel Arizona into the forefront of innovation in biofuels and bio-product research and development. “Our state has the potential to be a national and global leader in algae research and biotechnology, reducing America’s dependence on fossil fuel while increasing opportunities in a new industry that will create promising new jobs for Arizonans,” says Brewer. “Science Foundation Arizona funded early state work in algal research; now

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combined with excellence at ASU, our state will build on this important research and commercialization opportunity.” AzCATI will serve as a statewide and international intellectual and resource hub for algae-based goods; find innovative commercial uses for algae; operate as a learning environment for next generation scientists; facilitate collaboration among higher education, industry and national entities; and be a national “test bed” for algae technology. ”We can’t thank Governor Brewer enough for her support of science and technology research,” says William C. Harris, president and CEO of SFAz. “The AzCATI has the potential to be so much more than a hub for algae research and development; it will serve as inspiration for diversifying Arizona’s economy and providing opportunity for the scientists of the future.” The work of ASU College of Technology and Innovation researchers Milton Sommerfeld and Qiang Hu on algaeto-jet fuel made Time Magazine’s list of best inventions in 2008 and was cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Five Technologies That Could Change Everything” in 2009. The two researchers’ progress led to the formation of Heliae Development, LLC, an aviation fuel company

working to bring algae-based kerosene and other products to market. “ASU has emerged as one of the leading national centers on algae research,” says Rick Shangraw, senior vice president for knowledge enterprise development at ASU. ”ASU has the research expertise and capabilities to influence advances in algal technologies to realize large-scale production of algae-derived fuel in the near future.” Since 2007, SFAz has funded algal research at ASU that has produced promising and economically viable results, including the use of specially grown algae to make jet fuel. Like many other plant organisms, algae are a rich source of lipids (fats or oils) and proteins containing valuable properties that can be extracted to make other high value products, such as livestock feed and food additives. ”This food and fuel technology, which will eventually have a significant reduction on our reliance of fossil fuels, can be made cost efficient through the research partnership that has been established through SFAz, ASU and Heliae,” says Frank Mars, coordinating investor in Heliae. “It is critical that we work to bring these real-world solutions to market, where they can be utilized on a large scale.” According to the U.S. Department of Energy, algae are capable of producing more oil per acre than soybeans, currently the leading source of biodiesel in the country. Additionally, algae do not compete with conventional agriculture and are capable of recycling carbon dioxide from power plants and compatible with current fuel refinery processes. Algae thrive in bodies of water where light spurs their growth and are fast becoming an emerging and efficient source of biofuels and other products. This project was supported by the Governor’s Office of Economic Recovery and Science Foundation Arizona.

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Arizona Center for Innovation – inspiring innovation, advancing technology raditionally, the state’s economic development efforts have focused on business attraction and retention. However, there is growing awareness that a key part of the state’s economic strategy must be to incubate homegrown start-up companies. In response, high-tech incubators have been established in cooperation with the state’s three universities. These incubators include the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI), Arizona State University’s Technopolis, and the Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies.

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Business incubators like the Arizona Center for Innovation catalyze the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks, and tools they need to make their ventures successful. Recently, Gov. Jan Brewer awarded a $1.5 million state stimulus grant to AzCI. This award marks an historic step forward in the state’s efforts to develop a robust high-technology industry base. AzCI is at The University of Arizona Tech Park in Tucson. Although it will assist any start-up technology company, it focuses much of its effort in assisting UofA faculty, staff, and students to commercialize their

discoveries and inventions. Founded in 2003, AzCI opened its doors with two clients and two staff members in 3,000 square feet of space. Today it occupies 12,000 square feet of space, including wet labs. Fourteen start-up companies are currently enrolled in the business development program.

Structured Program AzCI supports innovation and entrepreneurship by providing a structured program of business development. It is guided in its programming by an advisory committee of experienced entrepreneurs,


• Medipacs is a medical device company founded in 2003 and focused on disposable drug delivery infusion pumps. It was named Innovator of the Year/ Start-up Company at the 2006 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI). Since then, Medipacs has been recognized with several other awards, including Best Presenting Company in 2008 by Invest Southwest, the Annual Invention Award in 2009 by Popular Science magazine, and the Innovation Award of Excellence in 2009 by the Association of University Research Parks. To date, Medipacs has raised $4.3 million in funding and grown from two employees to five. • MSDx, founded in 2004, is commercializing a blood test for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis using a patented antibody technology. MSDx was named Innovator of the Year/Startup Company during the 2007 GCOI. Since receiving this recognition, MSDx presented its award-winning abstract titled, “Recirculating Phagocytes are a Novel Source of Biomarkers for Multiple Sclerosis” at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). It was named the

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venture capitalists, economic development professional, and business consultants. Companies in the incubator are connected to a network of business mentors, university researchers, and service providers. The center has adopted the motto, “It takes a community to grow a company.” This reflects the belief that technology incubation is a community activity in which partnerships, networks and funding are critical to the success of new technology companies. This year AzCI is working with several Tucson partners, including the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, the Micro Business Advancement Center, IdeaXchange and Small Business Development Center, to better align how southern Arizona can leverage its entrepreneur assets and use a community approach to develop companies. AzCI is using the funding from the governor to expand and improve its business assistance programming, develop and equip additional laboratory space and equipment, and link its clients to experienced mentors with expertise in specialized technology fields. The center has helped to incubate more than 40 companies since opening. Here are just a few examples:


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rizona State University’s expanding research, education and entrepreneurial endeavors in photonics engineering and science has led to formation of the Center for Photonics Innovation. The Arizona Board of Regents recently approved establishment of the center, which will combine university research and teaching resources in electrical engineering, physics, materials science and engineering, and bioengineering. The center’s research focuses on semiconductor photonic materials and devices and their applications. Photonics involves the generation and control of nearly all forms of light, including visible, infrared and ultraviolet light. Its applications include communications, information processing, sensing, imaging, solar cells, solid state lighting, medical instruments, and technologies used in environmentalprotection efforts. The Center for Photonics Innovation

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We’re committed … to a high academic standard for developing our students into first-rate science and engineering scholars and researchers. – Professor Yong-Hang Zhang Their projects have helped to attract more than $7 million in research awards in the past two years. The center also restructured and expanded curriculum to bolster the quality of instruction in photonics and optoelectronics at ASU to meet needs of the growing number of graduate students attracted to these fields. Most recently, some of the center’s research leaders were awarded more than $2 million from the Army Research Office, through the highly competitive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program of the U.S. Department of Defense. The grant will fund ASU researchers’ role in a collaborative project with other leading research universities to study fundamental aspects of the use of semiconductor superlattices for advanced laser and infrared photodetector technology applications. It was the third MURI grant awarded to ASU faculty members since 2004 for research related to photonics and semiconductor optoeletronics. Joe Kullman is senior media relations officer at ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.


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Never-ending Evolution The data show that some of the smaller objects have surprisingly high albedos (a measurement of how much sunlight an object reflects). Since asteroid surfaces become darker with time due to exposure to solar radiation, the presence of lighter, shinier surfaces for some asteroids may

indicate that they are relatively young. This is evidence for the continuing evolution of the near-Earth object population. In addition, the asteroids observed so far have a greater degree of diversity than expected, indicating that they might have different origins. Some might come from the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and others could come from farther out in the solar system. This diversity also suggests that the materials that went into creating the asteroids—the same materials that make up our planets—were probably mixed together like a big solar-system soup very early on in its history. The research complements that of NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, an all-sky infrared survey mission up in space now. WISE has already observed more than 430 near-Earth objects. Of these, more than 110 are newly discovered. In the future, both Spitzer and WISE will reveal even more about the “flavors” of near-Earth objects. This could reveal new clues about how the cosmic objects might have dotted our young planet with water and organics—ingredients needed to jumpstart life. Cindy Brown is a public affairs coordinator in NAU’s Office of Public Affairs.

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ew research from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reveals that asteroids somewhat near Earth, termed near-Earth objects, are a mixed bunch, with a surprisingly wide array of compositions. Like the chocolates and fruity candies inside a piñata, these asteroids come in assorted colors and compositions. Some are dark and dull; others are shiny and bright. The Spitzer observations of 100 known near-Earth asteroids demonstrate that their diversity is greater than previously thought. The fi ndings are helping astronomers better understand near-Earth objects as a whole—a population whose physical properties are not well known. “These rocks are teaching us about the places they come from,” said David Trilling, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University and lead author of a new paper on the research appearing in the September issue of Astronomical Journal. “It’s like studying pebbles in a streambed to learn about the mountains they tumbled down.” Other authors include Cristina Thomas, a post-doctoral scholar of physics and astronomy at NAU.

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It is critical that we help promising early-stage companies in fast-growth, high-income export industries advance beyond research and development into technology transfer. We are investing in our innovation accelerators and bridging the commercialization financing gap. It is critical that we help promising early-stage companies in fast-growth, high-income export industries advance beyond research and development into technology transfer. This will lead to job creation in home-grown innovative companies. I made a promise and now I have delivered a model to advance our state. This model for economic development will build a stronger foundation so that our children and their children enjoy unbounded opportunities in an economy that is stable, predictable and reliable, as Arizona heads into its second century.

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3:00PM – 10:30PM

Phoenix Convention Center TICKET PRICING: AZTC Member: $150 Non-AZTC Member: $200 Table of Ten, AZTC Member: $1,250 Table of Ten, Non-AZTC Member: $1,750

3:00 – 5:30 PM 5:30 – 7:00 PM 7:00 – 9:00 PM 8:30 – 10:30 PM

Honoring Steve Sanghi of Microchip Technology with the OneNeck IT Services’ Lifetime Achievement Award

Technology Showcase/Networking Award Presentations Dinner/Technology Showcase VIP After Party

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

www.aztechcouncil.org (602) 343-8324


Tech Connect - Marketing Issue 2010