December 1, 2013 in Desert Angels, Funded Companies, Press by Desert Angels
Desert Angels portfolio company Strongwatch is teamed with General Dynamics to compete for a Homeland Security contract for mobile surveillance systems potentially worth $50 million. “It’s a big deal — it’s essentially the first major opportunity for our technology to serve national security on the border,” Strongwatch CEO Powell said.
Strongwatch was one of six companies awarded $250,000 grants under the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Innovation Challenge in June. Last week, Strongwatch won the Small Business Innovation award of the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, sponsored by the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Technology Council.
For more: Tucson’s Strongwatch looking to ride border-security wave
November 20, 2013 in angel investing, Desert Angels, Funding, Startups by Curtis Gunn
8 Startup Gaps That Will Frustrate Funding Efforts.
I thought this was a really good list of suggestions from Marty Zwilling about the things that entrepreneurs should be thinking about and preparing for when approaching investors.
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November 18, 2013 in Desert Angels, Funded Companies, Press by Desert Angels
An Indiana man has become the 1,200th person in the world to be implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. Patrick O’Hara is the first person in Indiana to receive the life-saving device and the first Hoosier to be discharged from the hospital with the Freedom® portable driver. Desert Angels portfolio company SynCardia Systems, Inc. is the privately-held manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart and headquartered in Tucson, AZ.
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1579592#ixzz2l2MyZsjo
For more: 1,200th Worldwide Implant of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Occurs in Indiana
November 16, 2013 in Desert Angels, Funded Companies, Press by Desert Angels
The University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and a local company that makes mobile surveillance systems were honored at the 2013 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards Thursday night in Phoenix.
The McGuire Center was given the Innovator of the Year award for academia, while Tucson-based StrongWatch Corp. won the small-company Innovator of the Year award. Desert Angels portfolio company StrongWatch offers products for video surveillance market, including mobile camera systems used by law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.
For more: McGuire Center, Tucson tech firm feted for innovation
November 4, 2013 in Desert Angels, Funded Companies, Press by Desert Angels
The Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) is pleased to announce that the Flinn Foundation has selected desert angels portfolio company MSDx, Inc. to receive grant funding and program services through the Foundation’s 2013 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. MSDx is a personalized medicine diagnostics company developing blood test products for monitoring disease activity in neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The Foundation funding will be used to support further development of the MSDx blood testing technology.
For more: MSDx, A Pioneering Diagnostics Company, Receives Grant to Advance Technology
October 4, 2013 in Desert Angels, IdeaFunding, Startup Tucson by Startup Tucson
The deadline to apply to present at IdeaFunding’s Rocket Pitch and Poster Competition is October 10th. Teams need to apply through IdeaFunding’s Gust page. Details on prizes and presentation expectations can be found here.
IdeaFunding is Tucson’s premier annual event bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders from across Southern Arizona. Through educational workshops, poster presentations, a rocket pitch competition, and access to the Desert Angels Dinner meeting, aspiring entrepreneurs will make the “Connections for Growth” that are necessary to help bring your business ideas successfully to market.
There are 3 different ways to get involved with IdeaFunding.
- Attend for learning and networking
- Present your ideas through the rocket pitch and/or poster competitions
- Dinner with the Desert Angels
Present Your Ideas
IdeaFunding 2013 is a great opportunity for you to get your venture in front of a community of investors from the southwest region of the United States.
September 30, 2013 in Desert Angels, Funded Companies, Press by Desert Angels
Desert Angels portfolio company HTG Molecular Diagnostics has taken its proprietary, high-capacity platform for testing gene expression and incorporated it into an automated instrument that shrank a three-day process into a 24-hour turnaround.
And, with the help of a new federal grant worth up to $1.6 million, Tucson-based HTG is looking to adapt its instrument to next-generation genetic sequencers. HTG’s Edge instrument, launched last fall, is based on the company’s core technology, which allows researchers to rapidly test multiple samples for the presence of an array of genetic markers at once.
For more: Tucson’s HGT Molecular speeds up genetic testing
September 28, 2013 in Desert Angels, Funded Companies, Press by Desert Angels
Desert Angels portfolio company MSDx, Inc., a personalized medicine diagnostics company developing blood test products for monitoring disease activity in neurological disorders, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent that broadly protects the company’s exclusive rights for monitoring or detecting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in a patient, utilizing its proprietary technology.
For more: MSDx Announces Issuance of First Patent for Monitoring Disease Activity in a Multiple Sclerosis Patient
September 24, 2013 in Desert Angels, Press by Desert Angels
It’s turning out to be a record year for Desert Angels portfolio company SynCardia Systems, which has reached a milestone for implants of its temporary artificial heart. Today, SynCardia expects the 125th implant of its Total Artificial Heart, which is used to keep heart-transplant patients alive until they receive donor hearts.
The number of implants so far this year equals all implants performed worldwide in 2012, SynCardia said. And for all of 2013, SynCardia projects a single-year record of 180 Total Artificial Heart implants, more than double the number in 2011.
For more: Desert Angels portfolio company SynCardia marks record implants of artificial heart