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Who are the inventors and entrepreneurs in Arizona who are ready to stand in the shoes of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Posted by teri_grier@hotmail.com on October 16, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (5)

California Governor, Jerry Brown, declares October 16, 2011 Steve Jobs Day in honor of Jobs’ amazing contribution to our world’s technology.


Steve Jobs was often thought of as a modern day Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison during his life, an archetypal American inventor of the most revolutionary kind who was able to not only create new products that changed people's lives, but to also market them with equal zest.


There's no doubt that Jobs deserves a front-row seat in the pantheon of great inventors and entrepreneurs in history. In the 35 years since he founded Apple, he created the Apple II, the iMac, iPod, iPhone and most recently, the iPad – five products that transformed the technological, music, film, TV, gaming and publishing industries. Few could claim to have even developed a single such product.


In honor of Steve Jobs I wanted to share with you some of the amazing talent in Arizona and what is happening with scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. Have you heard the name Michael Manson, Paul Keim, Tom Kanacek or David Engelthaler?


If not . . . you will soon!


These names are among the ones that will be added alongside Steve Jobs.


I believe Tom Janacek, David Calle and Michael Manson are well on their way to addressing issues relating to minimizing our carbon footprint, dependence on foreign oil and cost effective transportation.


Michael Manson co-founded PETsMART, the most successful pet product retailer in the world. David Calley co-founded Southwest Windpower, the world’s largest supplier of mall-scale wind turbines for homes, businesses and industry.


Manson and Calley met in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2003, and began discussing commercialization opportunities for the new motor architecture Calley invented. In 2006, Tom Janacek joined the two, focusing his 13 years of prototyping expertise on building an entirely new class of motors.


Passionate about the technology’s potential and eager to bring it to market, Manson, Calley and Janacek spent two tireless years working in Janacek’s garage developing prototypes. In 2008, independent testing of the prototypes validated the dramatic benefits of the technology and proved manufacturability of the motors.


Me continues to attract a world-class team of engineers and managers leading the Company into the future. Learn more about Me’s remarkable team.


Who is making is making advances in cartilage and bone repair, new technologies to address a variety of orthopedic conditions for arthritis, fractures and bone cysts?


BioVeteria Life Sciences in Prescott, AZ is working with Dr. Anastassiades a Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Head of the Division of Rheumatology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and the Canadian Arthritis Network. CAN is one of Canada’s a federally funded National Centres of Excellence and is a single point of contact for more than 200 leading Canadian arthritis researchers and clinician scientists.


CAN works in close collaboration with its Consumer Advisory Council, comprised of people living with arthritis, to develop R&D programs that make a difference, including R&D programs that facilitate technology transfer and commercialization of new discoveries. For more information, visit www.arthritisnetwork.ca. Dr. Anastassiades has been involved in characterizing glucosamine derivatives for their effects on bone and cartilage and is the inventor of patents related to the technology.


Who is developing improved treatments and prevention of infectious diseases to prevent the spread of life-threatening super bugs?


PathoGene in Flagstaff Arizona is a biosciences is a digital pathology services company created by industry leading molecular pathologists to fill the growing need for advanced digital technology in drug development and medical devices. The founding members are Technical Resource Management, Inc. (TRM), Thomas E. Vorpahl, William P. Gibbs, Paul S. Keim, and David M. Engelthaler.


PathoGene is developing a rapid molecular diagnostic that should significantly improve the diagnosis MRSA and Valley Fever. MRSA is one of the most common hospital acquired infections, and is particularly problematic given the high degree of antibiotic resistance that MRSA has developed. PathoGene is developing rapid novel molecular diagnostics that both identify the bacteria as well as the drug resistance profile. This will provide physicians with better and quicker information that will provide for earlier intervention with appropriate drugs.


Valley Fever is a fungal respiratory disease endemic to the desert southwest. It is often misdiagnosed as community acquired pneumonia and treated with antibiotics, which are ineffective against a fungal infection. Given the relatively poor diagnostic tools that are currently available, the average time for a patient to be diagnosed with Valley Fever after first seeking care is around 5 months.


The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry proposes that we ask the following of our policy leaders to encourage and protect technology and economic development in Arizona:


• Enhance Arizona’s global competitiveness as a business location.


• Retain and strengthen the state’s existing high-wage industries.


• Strongly promote economic diversification and the growth of emerging sectors, including renewable energy, health care, education, biotech, and other technologies.

• Advocate for policies that encourage job retention and creation.


• Promote broad awareness of Arizona’s economic performance and the importance of key technology sectors to the state’s future economic success.


• Position Arizona employers to compete in the global economy by ensuring ready access to a skilled workforce, modern infrastructure, capital, consistent and predictable state budgetary, tax, and regulatory processes, and world-class research and development.


Several goals addressing the public/private partnership between Arizona’s research institutions and the private sector are:


Promote University Research and Technology Commercialization: Increase private sector funding of research and development at state universities. Increase receipts of federal research grants. Facilitate the ownership of intellectual property rights resulting from joint research efforts. Foster the commercialization of innovations developed in universities by industries in Arizona.


Stimulate Early-Stage Capital Formation: Encourage innovative solutions that increase access to capital by start-up and early-stage technology ventures across the state in order to support the development of new businesses and increase economic diversification.


Encourage Financial Support for Statewide Economic Development Initiatives: Maintain funding for programs that enhance Arizona’s ability to retain and attract businesses and expand research and development capacity.


Increase International Investment in Arizona: Support efforts to attract foreign direct investment to Arizona companies in order to sustain growth and create jobs.

Don't Worry! Be Happy!

Posted by teri_grier@hotmail.com on September 25, 2011 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Maybe it is time we all look a little closer at what Bob Marley was saying and take him to heart! “Don’t worry. Be happy!”


What is the alternative? How long does it take before you can feel your pulse quicken in the gridlock of rush hour traffic? Is it a habit or do you feel that you missed something if you do not subject yourself to the obligatory daily dose of turmoil of war, starvation, natural disaster and violent attacks served up by the nightly news? Oh, what about our new technological friends that keep you chained to the office 24-7; the blackberries and smart-phones?


Never have we felt more obligated to continue to produce and not let our foot off the throttle than the last few years. During this time of economic downturn, recession, depression or whatever you might call it; many employed American feel the pressure of the 11 million unemployed waiting for just one slip so they can take their place. We live our 21st Century lives in constant overdrive! Our human throttles are stuck. Our bodies are getting flooded with insulin, cortisol and adrenalin.


What are some of the effects of this stress? Stress can cause ulcers, hair loss, weakens the immune system, OCD, heart disease, heart attacks. In fact, chronic stress has been linked to up to 70% of illnesses. Many people think they just need to accept their anxiety and stress and push through it, but decades of medical research have demonstrated that not addressing the issue will eventually lead to diminished health.

What physically happens when your body goes into overdrive?


  • Your heart speeds up
  • Blood flow to your brain and muscles increases up to 400 percent
  • Your digestion stops (so it doesn't use up energy that's needed elsewhere)
  • Your muscle tension increases
  • You breathe faster, to bring more oxygen to your muscles


There are lots of ways to reduce stress - and it's important that everyone does so!


Michael J. Fox’s work with Parkinson’s disease, may be giving back more than we ever realized. The beloved actor displays such resilience, an article in USA Today claims that part of his work advocating on behalf of Parkinson’s disease research actually leads to his positive attitude. Literally, happiness leads to health!


Herbert Benson is a cardiologist and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI), and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School. Benson said, “There are literally thousands of articles on how the mind and brain affect the body.”


Benson, author of 12 books, is founding president of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, a non-profit organization devoted to studying interactions between mind and body. He says “When a person can focus on something other than illness, it allows the body to take advantage of our own healing capacity. Hope is something beyond the illness and dedicating oneself to cures for the illness rather than dwelling on oneself and one’s illness gives purpose to life, and helps prevent the negative effects of stress while medical science does its work.”


Moving into fall and seeing nature prepare for the change of season. I’d like to challenge my readers to do the same. I believe we can live in the 21st Century and "be" more peaceful and effective in our work and personal lives. Join me in a journey of professional and personal development and make a choice to be happy!


In October and November, I’ll spend six weeks putting in place strategies and tactics to modify our language in the pursuit of happiness. Mind/body research documents that if we think it and say it, then we will feel it. Based on that, let’s work hard at building an arsenal of good thoughts to use in professional and personal arenas.


To join a discussion group, complete an interest form and list your available days and times for a weekly group conference call. Be prepared to participate in the group discussion board and to become the scientist and the student using your life as your own personal laboratory.

Why is change so hard?

Posted by teri_grier@hotmail.com on September 21, 2011 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (1)

We all have our list of unattractive habits that we pull out and dust off for the latest New Year’s resolution, or stress over before big events like weddings and reunions. These bad habits are often surprisingly cheap – in the short term. Also, human beings value pleasure today much more than they fear punishment tomorrow until it is staring you in the face with the constant reminder of the overweight photo from the wedding pictures or the family reunions or something similar.  When we are looking at making a change, sometimes we have to visit our future.


The authors of Change Anything recommend that we do just that.  Visit the future of what it would be like to live off just social security if we don't build a retirement fund.  Visit your future if you continue living a sedentary lifestyle, over eat, and ignore the signs your body is giving you.  Visit your future if you continue doing what your are doing at work.


When we try and fail to lose weight, stop smoking, save money, get a promotion or any number of goals society gives off the message that we just didn’t try hard enough. In reality, it isn’t about lack of will; it is probably because of lack of skill. It has nothing to do with a lack of character, but our character is usually what is blamed. The problem is not that you are weak – it may be that you need skills! We need to develop the memory muscle for the new behavior or goal.


We need to manage our expectations of ourselves!


We didn’t learn how to serve a tennis ball on the first try. In fact, I remember spending night after night practicing my serve with buckets balls to perfect it. As we set new goals we need to modify our expectations and measure progress towards change rather than immediate perfection. It is more realistic and attainable.


With just a few weeks of deliberate practice, you can master the skills that make change easy and permanent.


We need to manage the Battlefield of the Mind!


To succeed at changing, you’ll have to learn to disarm your impulses and make the right choices pleasurable. Negative self talk only puts up roadblocks to success. If you truly want to make the right choices you have to be able to answer the question “what is in it for you?” and believe it.


With this in mind look at how you can you “change your story” so that you set yourself up for success in achieving your goals?