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Phoenix Startup i-calQ Turns Smartphones into Diagnostic Labshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1279Community and Economic Development5/28/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1279/NEWSROOM_CED_0070.jpghttps://youtu.be/5mafu0RjXrEPhoenix Startup i-calQ Turns Smartphones into Diagnostic Labs<div class="ExternalClass5340D717C7114399918685718D8BACF4"><html> <div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Kevin is complaining about a sore throat, and his mother is concerned it might be strep throat. It’s a moment that could mean staying home from work and hauling Kevin to urgent care or waiting to see a doctor. It used to mean that, but someday there could be a home test for that.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><em>By Eric Jay Toll and Athena Sanchez for PhxNewsroom</em></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Though a home test is not approved now, someday Kevin’s mom may be able to send the test results from her smartphone and then head to the pharmacy for an antibiotic or ask for drone delivery.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“That’s just where my brain went when I started thinking about all the ways we could help people with this type of technology,” said Pamela J. Turbeville, CEO and founder of the Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.-based startup. “Long-term, you remove the need to go to urgent care and getting exposed to other sick people who are carrying a variety of different things. This will also protect your family with whom you live.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Out of hundreds of startups from around the world, i-calQ is one of three from Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., to join 27 others in the 2020 BIO International Startup Stadium. The Stadium is a “Shark Tank” competition among the startups for venture capital, strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities. BMSEED and Equus Innovations are the other Phoenix companies entering the competition in June.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“The importance of high-quality telemedicine has perhaps never been greater than it is now during Covid-19,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “This technology can truly help revolutionize how we interact with healthcare providers. I-calQ is a true testament to the diverse innovation ecosystem housed in our city.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Six years and millions of dollars later, the platform functions well with both iOS and Android mobile operating systems. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Even when issues were needing to be corrected, we never doubted that we would get the test platform to where it needed to be,” said Turbeville. “The combination of people we could help and the impact we could have on the community was the focus.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The CEO calls herself a “Phoenix kid just trying to make the world a better place.” She’s a fourth-generation Arizona native and is a part of a family of cowboys. Turbeville has worked all over the United States and Canada but returned to her Arizona roots to find the ecosystem to make her idea a reality.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">i-calQ technology opens the world to rapid medical testing. In developed nations, the application means time- and money-saving convenience. In the developing world, it means access to testing and diagnostics in places where the infrastructure of laboratories and technicians are not readily available. Test results return in about ten minutes, and treatments can start immediately.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“i-calQ’s Covid-19 test is awaiting approval and then can be used on the spot to test students to get back to class, employees to go back to work, safely,” Turbeville said. “Similarly, the thyroid-stimulating hormone test will allow testing babies in remote areas where there aren’t facilities.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">She says that this technology is among the first steps for bringing down the overall cost of medicine in the U.S. and opening access across the world.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Like many startups, Turbeville is ready to launch the product to market. The company is seeking working capital to scale up.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Seven patents are already in the house, “a lot for a startup,” according to Turbeville. Once launched, i-calQ could be reducing test-result delays and getting patients to treatment more quickly.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The CEO calls it a “platform for change.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We can test for COVID-19 now and, if we know what the next global pandemic will be, we can plan for it,” she said. “This wasn’t our original charter, but the company has developed this capability.”</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“The net result is that i-calQ will make a difference in the lives of many people by saving lives and improving the quality of individual life,” Turbeville said. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Phoenix is America’s fifth-largest with the most population growth of any U.S. city for the last four years. The city has invested over $500 million with its partners into the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The city has also invested millions into the Arizona Health Solutions campus of Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. Public and private bioscience and healthcare organizations are committing more than $3 billion to develop 4.6 million square feet of new facilities in the city of Phoenix. The Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler metro area is the tenth most populous in the U.S., having passed the Boston-Cambridge-Newton Massachusetts-New Hampshire metro area in 2019.</span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevVideocedCED#i-calQ #econdev #phoenix #bio #biosciences #telemedicine #startupstadiumi-calQ, telemedicine, pamela turbeville, diagnostics, applications, smartphones, bio, biosciences, economic development, CEI, center for entrepreneurial innovation, city of phoenix, research, electrodes, meassure, grand canyon university, gcu, bio, bio international, startup stadium, startups, venture, capital, seed funding, Eric Jay Toll602-617-3797eric.toll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/52/Eric_Toll.jpgPHXEconDev

 

 

​Phoenix, Direct Pack Highlight Full Circle of Plastic Recyclinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2637Public Works (Trash and Recycling)1/27/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2637/Newsroom_PWD_MRF floor.jpg​Phoenix, Direct Pack Highlight Full Circle of Plastic Recycling<div class="ExternalClassFF63C90DC98F485C9B8158A87EBB5337"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">With <a target="_blank" href="/pio/superbowl">Super Bowl LVII</a> less than a month away, the City of Phoenix stands ready to achieve its goal of hosting the greenest Super Bowl events yet. By diverting 92% of waste produced at downtown Super Bowl activities away from the landfill, Phoenix would meet (and exceed) the EPA’s definition of a Zero Waste event.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Recycling is one of the main waste diversion methods. While the Public Works Department collects and sorts recyclables in Phoenix, partners like <a target="_blank" href="https://www.directpackinc.com/">Direct Pack, Inc. (DPI)</a> take it from there, bringing plastics all the way through the remanufacturing process to become new food packaging items once again.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We don’t want recycling to be a mystery,” said Phoenix Public Works Director Joe Giudice. “We want every Phoenix resident to know what happens to the things they recycle – not only how they get sorted in our Materials Recovery Facility, but also where they go after that, how our partners like Direct Pack process them, and what the recycled items turn into. A transparent process can help people feel more fulfilled as they put items in their blue bins.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Each year, Phoenix processes recyclables from 400,000 households, including some material from other valley cities. All those items are taken to the Materials Recovery Center (MRF) where workers pre-sort items by pulling out things that shouldn’t be there (plastic bags and cords, for example). Disc screens then sort flat items (paper and cardboard) away from 3-dimensional items like cans, bottles, and plastic containers. From there, plastics are further separated from aluminum and glass.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Of the seven different kinds of plastic, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – a clear, lightweight plastic commonly used for beverage bottles and berry, bakery, and sandwich packaging – is the most recycled worldwide.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“PET plastics are some of the most easily recycled plastics out there,” said Phoenix Public Works Deputy Director Eduardo Rodriguez. “That’s why it’s so important to get things like water bottles and plastic containers in the recycle bin. They can be recycled over and over again in many different forms.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">That’s where DPI comes in. In 2022 alone, DPI purchased 8.1 million pounds of PET from the City of Phoenix and took it to Direct Pack Recycling in Mexicali, Mexico. There the material is sorted, chopped, and washed multiple times before it is put back into the production of new food packaging again.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"With our newest recycling and recovery facility located only a few hours away from Phoenix, we can trace and recover all PET plastic collected in the area with a very low carbon footprint,” said Craig Snedden, president of Direct Pack, Inc. “This transparency is important, so you know that what you put in the recycling bin actually gets recycled and reused. The packaging you put in the recycling bin today can come back as your sandwich or berry packaging a month from now.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Phoenix’s partnership with DPI not only diverts 21 million pieces of thermoformed packaging away from the landfill each year, but it also brings those items through the full, circular business model of the recycling process.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"Recycling plastic bottles and containers is one of the major ways we’ll reach our Zero Waste goals for Super Bowl LVII,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Having a partner like Direct Pack to buy and remanufacture the plastics we sort at our City of Phoenix facilities is essential to diverting waste away from the landfill.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">To learn more about the sorting and remanufacturing processes of plastic recyclables, watch the virtual facility tours <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/recycleplus">here</a> or fill out a <a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/zero-waste/signup">Zero Waste request form​</a> to schedule a free tour of the MRF.</span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews
Volunteers Needed for Water Wrangler Conservation Program https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2635Water Services1/26/2023 4:58:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2635/Wrangler_NR_BecomeAWranglerb.pngVolunteers Needed for Water Wrangler Conservation Program <div class="ExternalClass21C10981A79B4FD69DCEF3DF0B29C5BB"><html> <div>Phoenix Water is asking community members to donate their time to help others learn about the importance of water conservation.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The continued Colorado River water shortage is a stark reminder of how important it is for everyone to reduce their water use. The innovative Water Wrangler program will teach people about water and empower them to share their knowledge with others. It is an excellent opportunity for community-minded people looking to be a positive influence. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Water Wrangler program includes a 12-hour training program that spans four sessions and covers Water 101, Utility Operations, Water Resources and Conservation, and Outreach Education. After completing Phoenix Water Wrangler Institute, participants receive a Certificate of Participation and a shirt. In addition, they will get opportunities to serve as community representatives at local events, public meetings, and City of Phoenix programs. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Periods of drought are common in the desert southwest, sometimes enduring for decades. To be part of the solution, community members must adapt to the desert lifestyle and do their part to be water smart. Through information sharing and community engagement, the Phoenix Water Wrangler Institute will activate water conservation for the benefit of everyone in our community.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>To apply, <a href="/waterservices/waterwrangler" target="_blank"><strong>submit an online application</strong></a> by Jan. 31 for the virtual training.  </div> <div> </div> <div>These are the requirements to participate:  <br></div> <div> <ul> <li>Volunteers who are at least 18 years or older<br></li> <li>A high school graduate/GED equivalent, or higher</li> <li>An excellent communicator  </li> <li>Able to fully complete pre-service, required training</li> <li>Comfortable with public speaking, familiar with community development, and experienced in collaborating across diverse groups</li> <li>Creative, responsible, flexible, and self-motivated </li> <li>Passionate about learning and promoting water conservation and sustainability in our desert city<br></li> </ul> </div> <div> <strong>Where:</strong> Virtual via WebEx (or another digital platform).<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>When:</strong> Trainings are on Thursday evenings starting February 16 to March 9. Volunteer opportunities range across weekdays, weekday evenings, and weekends.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Deadline:</strong> Registration for the Spring 2023 cohort is now open until January 31, 2023. All four training sessions are required to complete the program.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Apply:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/waterwrangler"><strong>phoenix.gov/waterwrangler</strong></a>  <br></div> <div>  </div> <div>Media Contact:   <br></div> <div>Angela Serda  </div> <div>Public Information Specialist   </div> <div>Cell: (623) 499-8919 (call or text)  </div> <div>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:angela.serda@phoenix.gov"><strong>angela.serda@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong>  </strong></div> <div>   <br></div> <div>Volunteer Program Contact:   <br></div> <div>Emilie Brown<br></div> <div>Water Resource Specialist </div> <div>Phone: 602-495-5653</div> <div>Email:  <a target="_blank" href="mailto:emilie.brown@phoenix.gov"><strong>emilie.brown@phoenix.gov</strong></a><br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNews
Phoenix to Reopen West Plaza Park Featuring New Amenitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2638Parks and Recreation1/25/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2638/IMG_1516.jpgPhoenix to Reopen West Plaza Park Featuring New Amenities<div class="ExternalClass40D70FE67E934744835950D332C89036"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix City Councilwoman Betty Guardado have partnered to reopen West Plaza Park featuring a wide range of new and improved amenities.</span></p> <p>“Offering Phoenix residents an environment where they can make memories, enjoy nature, spend time with their families and meet their fitness goals is exactly what this park was designed to do," said Phoenix City Councilwoman Betty Guardado. “This is a space that has amenities to fit the needs of all age ranges." </p> <p>West Plaza Park offers a brand-new butterfly garden, outdoor sport stations, a fitness equipment plaza, a large ramada complex, four small ramadas with ADA-compliant seating, benches and much more. </p> <p>The new garden is shaped like the pattern featured on Monarch butterfly wings and has several plants including Desert Milkweed, Pink Fairy Duster, Trailing Indigo Bush and Mexican Evening Primrose to attract common butterflies found in Phoenix.</p> <p>Phoenix residents are also able to enjoy various outdoor fitness activities including basketball, sand volleyball, cornhole, and a ping pong table. The fitness equipment plaza features a stationary bike, leg and arm extension, a chest and vertical press and abdominal bench.</p> <p>“I am truly proud of this park and everyone who helped make this project a reality. Thank you to Councilwoman Guardado and the Parks and Recreation team for making these amenities possible," says City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. </p> <p>The City is welcoming local media to the ribbon cutting event to help spread the word to Phoenix residents that West Plaza Park is now open.  <br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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