JUNE 2020

The Refinery is Progressing at the UA Tech Park at The Bridges

Dirt is turning at The UA Tech Park at The Bridges. Watch the first building, The Refinery, come out of the ground by developer The Boyer Company. The first new building is named “The Refinery” because of its proximity to the talent and bright minds that can be mined from the University of Arizona. This four-story building is a private-public project that will be anchored by the University of Arizona serving as a hub for tech commercialization activities, invention development and product refinement where innovators can bring their ideas to life and corporations can work directly with university researchers to fast forward their discoveries.


Leader in Innovation

The University of Arizona is driving innovation forward. UArizona ranks No. 39 among the top 100 worldwide universities with the most U.S. patents granted for inventions in 2019. This ranking showcases that the University is successfully progressing in solving problems and invention development that can make our world a better place to live. 


How to Reduce the COVID-19 Spread

On June 11, 2020, Tech Parks Arizona hosted a virtual meeting and discussion with Mara G. Aspinall, the previous CEO and President of Ventana Medical Systems (Ventana is the Tissue Diagnostics Division of The Roche Group). Aspinall is Managing Director at BlueStone Venture Partners, in which the past and present of the COVID-19 spread were explored as well as future precautions that need to be taken for the COVID-19 health emergency to be brought to an end. Mara shared her expertise with the Tech Park community and serves on the Board of Directors that governs Tech Parks Arizona.  


Desert Pearl Mushroom Pivots Through Pandemic

Desert Pearl Mushrooms has pivoted its business through the pandemic with help received by business incubator, University of Arizona Center for Innovation, housed at the UA Tech Park. This alumni-founded startup was recently highlighted in the University of Arizona News, which showcased how they retooled and are staying successful by expanding operations and leaning on UACI for support. 


Stewart Joins Desert Angels Board of Directors

Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President of Tech Parks Arizona, has been appointed a seat on the Desert Angels Board of Directors. Desert Angels™ is a Tucson-based private investors group that has consistently recognized nationally as a top-ranked active angel investor group. Angel investing strengthens startup companies which in turn leads to new jobs, new resources and economic growth in our region. 


Tamales & Tech Parks

Business development activities have taken a unique approach lately. We have hosted a series of individual "Tamales & Tech Parks" talks with various site selectors and corporate real estate professionals. These virtual lunches provide an opportunity to hear what businesses need and how Tucson and the Tech Parks can help serve as the ideal business location. Thank you to the Site Selectors Guild for the shout out during their most recent webinar “Doing Deals During COVID-19”, in which they discussed best practices and highlighted our program.  


Loya Joins GVACC Board of Directors

Peter Loya, Director of Community and Government Relations for Tech Parks Arizona, has been appointed a seat on the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors. Loya has worked 11 years for Tech Parks, primarily serving as the main contact for over 40+ companies and dozens of startups. 


UACI Sponsored Launch Fueled by The Town of Sahuarita and Freeport-McMoRan

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) is collaborating with the Town of Sahuarita and Freeport-McMoRan to sponsor six months at the incubator for startup teams that are committed to solving a significant business or social challenge. Application submissions opened on June 3 and close on June 30. Don't delay, apply today! 


People of the Park: Ambur Wilkerson

Ambur Wilkerson is the Marketing and Communications Specialist, Tech Parks Arizona. Her role includes assisting the director of communications with all marketing and communications efforts, including brand development, media outreach, social media management and more. 


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