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News Article | February 15, 2017

Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority have chosen the top 64 startups for the 2017 Venture Madness competition. Online voting for the $5,000 People’s Choice award begins today and runs through 5pm MST on Tuesday, January 24. On January 25, the top 64 companies will be narrowed to 32, and then by February 3, 16 finalists will be chosen to move on to compete in a live, bracket-style, head-to-head competition. The live event is held March 8 – 10, 2017 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ. “Every year we see some of the most promising and interesting companies in the Southwest,” said Karen Katzorke, executive director of Invest Southwest. “This year is no exception. We received applications from Arizona, California and New Mexico. We are excited to unveil the top 64! We’ve made some big changes in programming and the competition as a whole, so we are thrilled to kick off the festivities with the first round of finalists. Good luck to everyone!” Listed in alphabetical order, the 64 companies progressing to the next round of competition are: AirGarage AniCell Biotech, LLC Attribytes, LLC Avery Therapeutics Bee The Swarm BMSEED Bourque Industries, Inc. Breezing Co Clean Router ClicData CodaKid Crystal Clear Technologies Inc. curaNEXUS Drove LLC DUUL software Eleven Empowerment Unlimited Coaching, LLC Enfuego Technologies LLC Entelligent Analytics EOITech EpiFinder Inc. EpiSys Science, Inc. eSalesDash LLC FoodFli Fund My Business AZ Golfpay, LLC GoXtudio, LLC (dba GoX Studio) GraphLock, Inc. HybridChart InfluenceLogic InHouse Innobright Technologies Inc. iTether, LLC Lectric Longboards Life Design Analysis Inc. MobileLogix MoodMe More Bass Inc. Omni Bioceutical Innovations, Inc OYE! Business Intelligence Paraffin International Inc ParkingBee PerioEndoscopy, LLC Prenda Punchlyst Pure Chat, Inc. Pursuit Health Technologies, LLC SalesTalk Technologies, LLC Salted Earth Salutaris Medical Devices Schola, Inc. Shepherd App, LLC SimpleWan SKOOKII, INC SMART Brain Aging, Inc. Storage Together Swappow, LLC Tellspec USA Trym, Inc. Videoloco WIQ Pinnacle WynZyn, LLC ZCast Zenjoi Companies that make it to the final round of competition will be battling for a chance at their share of a $20,000 cash prize and a $300,000 investment pool from active regional investors, as well as the opportunity to be named 2017 Venture Madness Champion. See the Top 64 list and vote for your favorite finalists to help determine the $5,000 People’s Choice award winner on the Invest Southwest website: Tickets are available for online purchase by following this link To learn more about Venture Madness and Invest Southwest, please visit: Invest Southwest is the premier organization for connecting investors with the best and brightest ventures in the region. In addition to providing valuable information on topics important to the investment community, Invest Southwest offers year-round opportunities for investors to connect with emerging growth companies. Its signature event, Venture Madness, is a unique competition presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Venture Madness pits 64 thoroughly evaluated emerging companies against one another in a bracket-style, head-to-head competition to crown the champion of champions. Visit for more information.

Pendergraft T.,Policy Analysis Inc | Liu X.,Pfizer | Liu X.,Indiana University | Edelsberg J.,Policy Analysis Inc | And 6 more authors.
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes | Year: 2013

Background-Many hospitalized medically ill patients are at risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Risk factors include prior VTE, older age, immobility, obesity, cardiac or respiratory failure, and cancer (at-risk patients). Although guidelines recommend use of VTE prophylaxis for at-risk patients, many may not receive it. Methods and Results-Using a database linking admission records from >150 US hospitals to health insurance claims, we identified people =40 years of age, hospitalized from 2003 to 2008. We excluded patients who: (1) were treated for VTE or hospitalized in the previous 30 days; (2) were admitted for traumatic injury or surgery; (3) had hypercoagulability at admission; or (4) received therapeutic dosages of low-molecular weight heparin, unfractionated heparin, or fondaparinux at admission. We examined the use of VTE prophylaxis (both pharmacological and nonpharmacological) on day 1 or 2 in hospital among at-risk patients; predictors of receipt of prophylaxis were examined using multivariate logistic regression. The study population consisted of 49 948 patients, of whom 34 374 (69%) were at risk. Only 18% of at-risk patients received VTE prophylaxis on day 1 or 2 in hospital, typically with low-molecular weight heparin (56% of patients receiving prophylaxis), intermittent pneumatic compression (25%), warfarin (16%), or graduated compression stockings (11%). Use of prophylaxis exceeded 25% only in patients admitted from nursing homes and those with prior VTE. Although there were several significant predictors of receipt of VTE prophylaxis, model discrimination was relatively poor (C-statistic=0.61). Conclusion-The majority of at-risk hospitalized medically ill patients do not receive VTE prophylaxis. © 2013 American Heart Association, Inc.

News Article | November 17, 2015

Treehugger: Tesla's Gigafactory Will Produce As Much Renewable Energy As It Uses A lot has been written about how big the Gigafactory will be: It's going to be one of the largest building on Earth (how it ranks will depend on how much the original plan is expanded), and it will produce more batteries when it is fully operational than the whole world was producing in 2013. But relatively little has been written about another very cool aspect of the project: It will be a "net-zero" energy consumer and have carbon-neutral operations. Tesla's Chief Technical Officer, JB Straubel, gave some details on how that will work at a recent talk at the University of Nevada. Utility Dive: How Utilities and Regulators Are Dealing With the Budding Marijuana Industry Marijuana growing is becoming so mainstream -- and is consuming so much energy -- that electric utilities and their regulators from coast to coast are sitting up and taking notice. Those trends and others throughout the U.S. have reached the ears of the nation’s utility regulators. At their annual conference in Austin, regulators, utilities and efficiency experts discussed how the sector should respond to the explosive growth of what many are calling the most energy-intensive crop in the country. “When I first heard about this panel, the first thought that popped into my head was, ‘Why do I care?’” said Commissioner Willie Phillips of the District of Columbia. “Why do we care about marijuana more than any other plant, any other customer?” “Are they different?” he asked. “I think they are.” Wall Street Journal: What Will the U.S. Energy Industry Look Like Over the Next Five Years? Low fuel prices and new climate policies are rapidly transforming the American energy sector, while escalating wars in the Middle East and a nuclear deal with Iran are clouding the global oil picture. To get a sense of what the energy future may hold, The Wall Street Journal reached out to three experts in energy and geopolitics: Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis; Sarah Emerson, principal at ESAI Energy and president of Energy Security Analysis Inc.; and Meghan O’Sullivan, the Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of the practice of international affairs and director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Here are edited excerpts. Guardian: Coal Is Not the Solution to Energy Poverty, Say Agencies Coal power plants are not the solution to help billions of people without electricity or clean cooking facilities, aid agencies have warned. Analysis by Cafod, Christian Aid and think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) suggests that continuing with current energy policies that focus heavily on coal risks leaving a billion people without access to electricity and 3 billion without access to clean cooking facilities by 2030. The analysis comes as a new report suggests consumption of coal for power is likely to have peaked in 2013 and is set to decline by between 2% and 4% in 2015. Forbes: Canadian Battery Startup Is Succeeding Where U.S. Startups Have Mostly Failed Corvus Energy, a lithium-ion battery company based in British Columbia, Canada, took the third spot in Deloitte’s most recent ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, communications, life sciences and energy technology companies in North America. The Technology Fast 500 rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth for the three-year period beginning in 2011 and ending in 2014. Over the past three years, the six-year-old startup company’s revenue increased by nearly 17,000%. Corvus Energy sells lithium-ion-based energy storage systems to customers in the marine, oil and gas and utility sector.

Petersen G.,U.S. Department of Energy | Doyle G.,U.S. Department of Energy | Wiselogel A.,CNJV | Babb C.,SAIC | Marton A.,Analysis Inc.
AIChE 2012 - 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2012

Since 2003, the DOE has been substantially involved in cost-sharing the development of over 30 integrated biorefinery projects to process biomass feedstocks into transportation fuels and biobased products. These projects range in scale from developing engineering designs for pilot operations, to constructing integrated pilot- and demonstration-scale biorefineries, as well as commercial biorefinery demonstrations. A discussion covers the DOE's solicitation of applications from the community to develop integrated biorefineries at various scales; selection process used to meet the mandates of public law; best practices to address the challenges of scale-up and completion of projects; reducing the risk associated with designing, constructing, and operating first-of-a-kind biorefinery demonstrations; benefits of industry-federal partnerships; and selection criteria. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting (Pittsburgh, PA 10/28/2012-11/2/2012).

Reust T.J.,Accident Science Incorporated | Morgan J.,Accident Science Incorporated | Smith P.,Analysis Incorporated
SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems | Year: 2010

Many heavy vehicles have an event data recorder (EDR) that can record pre-event and post-event information. It has been previously reported by researchers that the EDR speed is under-reported during hard braking. Reust (2004) and Reust and Morgan (2006). Well documented tests were conducted with instrumented vehicles to measure time, speed and distance. The vehicles used for this study were equipped with engines manufactured by the Detroit Diesel Corporation. The tests also include measurement of individual wheel speeds and corresponding wheel slip. The authors offer a method to better determine true vehicle speed of a heavy vehicle with air brakes during ABS braking events by using specific speed data from the EDR. The results show that the trend of the EDR-reported speed can be used to determine a precise time of when brake initiation first began. The results of the vehicle speed and brake initiation can be used to calculate travel distance during the brake event. © 2010 SAE International.

Fujitani Y.,Japan National Institute of Environmental Studies | Saitoh K.,Akita | Saitoh K.,Analysis Corporation | Fushimi A.,Japan National Institute of Environmental Studies | And 9 more authors.
Atmospheric Environment | Year: 2012

To investigate the effect of isothermal dilution (30 °C) on emission factors (EFs) of semivolatile and nonvolatile compounds of heavy-duty diesel exhaust, we measured EFs for particulate matter (PM), organic carbon (OC), and elemental carbon (EC) in the particle phase, and EFs for n-alkanes in both the particle phase and the gas phase of exhaust produced under high-idle engine operating conditions at dilution ratios (DRs) ranging from 8 to 1027. The EC EFs did not vary with DR, whereas the OC EFs in the particle phase determined at DR = 1027 were 13% of the EFs determined at DR = 8, owing to evaporation of organic compounds. Using partitioning theory and n-alkane EFs measured at DR = 14 and 238, we calculated the distributions of compounds between the particle and gas phases at DR = 1760, which corresponds to the DR for tailpipe emissions as they move from the tailpipe to the roadside atmosphere. The gas-phase EF of a compound with a vapor pressure of 10 -7 Pa was 0.01 μg kg -1-fuel at DR = 14, and this value is 1/330 the value derived at DR = 1760. Our results suggest that the EFs of high-volatility compounds in the particle phase will be overestimated and that the EFs of low-volatility compounds in the gas phase will be underestimated if the estimates are derived from data obtained at the low DRs and they are applied to the real world. Therefore, extrapolation from EFs derived at low DR values to EFs at atmospherically relevant DRs will be a source of error in predictions of the concentrations of particulate matter and gas-phase precursors to secondary organic aerosols in air quality models. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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