Cox Communications has formed a partnership with Xtronaut to help it develop educational kits that link STEM learning products to the science and engineering associated with space missions such as OSIRIS-Rex, which was developed at The University of Arizona to have a spacecraft travel to an asteroid and return to Earth with a sample.
The kits will include teacher and student workbooks, videos by scientists and engineers, online opportunities for students to connect to mission leaders, and hands-on experiments for classrooms and after school programs. Starting in August, the program will be provided to schools free of charge.
Besides jointly developing an app based on the OSIRIS-REx mission, Cox and Xtronaut will offer companies the opportunity to sponsor placement of the kits in schools and receive promotion through Cox Media outlets.
A synthetic hormone developed at The University of Arizona Cancer Center and the UA’s Colleges of Medicine and Science, and shown to offer relief for a rare skin disease has been approved for use by patients in Europe.
The molecule was developed, patented and initially tested at the UA under the name afamelanotide. It is a key ingredient in the drug Scenesse, which reduces and prevents painful reactions to sunlight experienced by people with erythropoietic protoporphyria.
Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd. of Australia received permission from the European Medicines Agency to market Scenesse. The company says it plans to seek approval for the drug from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and for use with patients in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brian Chan, vice president of IT for Avnet, was named by Computerworld as a 2015 Premier 100 IT Leader. The honor goes to individuals from both the technology and business sides of companies with exceptional tech leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.
Chan is responsible for Avnet’s global IT shared services organization. Using a business-centric approach to IT, he and his team recently redesigned Avnet’s data analytics platform. With these new capabilities, Avnet can better assess its performance on growing its business profitably by accessing key metrics.
The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of the AGENDA15 Conference starting in late March in Amelia Island, Fla.
The Retina Network Security Scanner produced by Phoenix-based BeyondTrust to provide context-aware solutions for privilege and vulnerability management is a winner of the 2014 Information Security Magazine and SearchSecurity.com Readers’ Choice Award for Best Application Security Product.
The scanner uses agent-based or agentless scanning to identify specific vulnerabilities, assess risk and prioritize remediation based on various factors. Application security has grown as an important component of enterprise security strategy due to the large number of corporate applications accessed by employees.
To determine winners, Information Security surveyed readers to rate top security products in 22 categories and asked them to vote only on products they use.
A prize of $100,000 will go to the team that offers the best strategy to increase the awareness of water scarcity and Arizona’s water future in the Water Consciousness Challenge. Deadline for registration is Dec. 19 with application and proposals due Jan. 16.
The competition is open to student as well professional teams. The strategy must include digital media and sample content in the application.
Besides the cash prize, every team that enters will receive feedback from credible authorities and get the chance to connect with others. To register, go to newarizonaprize.org.
Inilex has been included in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.
The Phoenix-based company was ranked No. 247 in recognition of its 394 percent growth. This is the second time Inilex has been on the list.
The firm is a member of the “connected car” ecosystem with its specific technology for new and used cars, consumers and dealers, and fleet managers. This entire segment is expected to be valued at nearly $17 billion by 2018.
The GoDaddy Online Store has been launched to help make it easy for small businesses to create an e-commerce presence with a customized web store and sell products online without the need for knowing how to code.
Although small businesses can find building e-commerce websites challenging, 30 percent of local small business revenues come from online purchases, according to research firm BIA/ Kelsey. Merchants using the new service only need to choose their theme, add products, and assign descriptions and price points.
The Scottsdale company’s Online Store provides an easier end-user shopping and checkout experience, including for mobile devices, with built-in payment processing tools. Also included are flexible shipping options for shoppers and inventory tracking.
Winners of the 18th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University include IO, which claimed the Emerging Enterprise Award. The company is headquartered in Phoenix.
IO was recognized for its focus on rethinking data-center technology by using software solutions instead of just physical locations. Its more than 650 global clients include Goldman Sachs and LexisNexis, and it has two patents and an emphasis on energy efficiency.
This year’s Spirit of Enterprise Student Entrepreneur Award was presented to Anthony Gonzales, a recent Carey School MBA graduate. He was honored for his ongoing development of FITGuard, a mouthguard designed that indicates levels of head impact for athletes as well as a smartphone application that provides data to diagnosing physicians.