Phoenix startup, Humabiologics, Lands $1M Seed Fund after 2019 Startup Stadium Appearancehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1321Community and Economic Development6/8/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1321/NEWSROOM_CED_0075.jpgPhoenix startup, Humabiologics, Lands $1M Seed Fund after 2019 Startup Stadium Appearance<div class="ExternalClass6988E34F3CFE48CD8C3D83FFE8E93B0E"><html> <p>​A $1 million seed funding is taking Humabiologics, Inc. closer to the market with its unique biomedical product. The Phoenix company, among the 2019 finalists in the BIO International Startup Stadium, is a regenerative medicine company founded by scientists and tissue industry experts. </p> <p>Founded in 2018, Humabiologics addresses the gap between the gift of donated human tissues and the translational research community.  </p> <p>Humabiologics launched the first of its kind human-derived native bone gelatin in late 2019 and provides one of the most affordable native human skin collagen for hydrogel applications and 3D bioprinting.</p> <p>As an early-stage startup, the company competed against 39 other global startups for venture capital, strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities at the BIO International 2019 Startup Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its exposure at the stadium contributed to success in seeking seed funding.</p> <p>“Our ability to access capital during the current health emergency and challenging economic times is a testament to the strength of our team and the trust of our investors and shareholders in Arizona and several states,” said Dr. Mohammad Albanna, founder and CEO of Humabiologics. “This funding will allow Humabiologics to continue to expand its ability to provide stable supply of clinically-relevant and affordable human-derived biomaterials that meet the needs of translational researchers working in the field of regenerative medicine.”</p> <p><img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/NEWSROOM_CED_0076.jpg" /><br><em>​Mohammad Albanna, founder and CEO, Humabiologics. Credit: Humabiologics.</em><br></p><p>Humabiologics distributes its products globally to academic and industry regenerative medicine research labs. The products are used in the field of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cell culture, 3D bioprinting, disease models and drug toxicity testing, among the many other life sciences translational therapeutic research. The company has signed agreements with a leading tissue bank to save more donor tissue, make it more accessible, and accelerate future innovations in regenerative medicine.   </p> <p>“Arizona’s bioscience sector has a strong and growing regenerative medicine segment,” shared Joan Koerber-Walker, president & CEO of the Arizona Bioindustry Association. “Humabiologics is a great example of how our entrepreneurs can combine business and science to address an unmet need and address it by leveraging Arizona’s support programs, local talent and early-stage investment capital.”</p> <p>Humabiologics has documented a trend of increasing demand since launching its products in late 2019. This investment will allow the company to continue to expand its current line of products. The company is currently planning to expand its facilities and operations in Arizona and has been expanding its team throughout 2020 with highly-experienced team members in the areas of research and development, quality, and manufacturing teams. Humabiologics plans to further expand the team in 2020. </p> <p>“As three more Phoenix startups get ready to compete in the 2020 BIO International Startup Stadium, we are thrilled to see that one of last year’s participants, Humabiologics, has raised its seed fund. This is another example of incubation success from the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College and their work with such a great company,” said Christine Mackay, Director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. “Dr. Albanna’s innovations and research place him in the good company of the growing number of successful bioscience innovators filling the Phoenix startup ecosystem.”</p> <p>“Humabiologics has greatly benefited from the support it has received from the City of Phoenix, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Arizona bioscience community,” said Albanna. ”We appreciate this support and look forward to continuing to develop our business within Arizona’s growing bioscience sector.”</p> <p>Humabiologics is headquartered in the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College on East Washington Street. The city of Phoenix is a partner with the Maricopa Community Colleges in this bioindustry incubator.</p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">BioMedical Sustainable Elastic Electronic Devices, Equus Innovations and I-calQ are the three Phoenix startups selected as finalists for the BIO International 2020 Startup Stadium. BMSEED and Equus are both based in CEI. I-calQ is headquartered in Grand Canyon University’s Canyon Ventures incubator in West Phoenix.​</span></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedphoto, umalogics Hscientist presented at eventCED#PhxEconDev #BioDigital @BioConvention #Humabiologics @Humabiologicsbio international, bio digital, biosciences, humabiologics, phoenix, economic development, startup stadium, seed funding, $1 million, $1M, humabiologics, cancer, curesEric Jay Toll602-617-3797eric.toll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/52/Eric_Toll.jpgPHXEconDevHumabiologics Dan Mahaffey, chief compliance officer, presents at the 2019 Startup Stadium



Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2398Environment & Sustainability6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2398/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass2447CD2BC23645AD976DE7A7028DC810"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p>The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p>The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong> is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong> uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong> will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong> will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. </li> </ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2397Police6/24/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dyrzqgg5X4Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Road<div class="ExternalClass981DB1335D1C4D3EB02FFF2DDD533B68"><html> <p>​</p> <p> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on June 10, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 91st Avenue and McDowell Road when Phoenix police received several calls about a man believed to be under the influence, banging his head against a vehicle, and acting erratic.</p> <p>Officers were dispatched to the scene and learned the subject of the call may also be bleeding. Tolleson fire personnel were also dispatched. </p> <p>The first officer to arrive at the business saw the subject of the call, later identified as Caleb Blair, and attempted to give him commands via a public announcement system. The officer saw Blair nude, and acting erratically. Additional officers arrived and Blair was detained for his safety and taken to a shady section of the parking lot. Officers also requested fire personnel, who were staging nearby, to respond to the scene.</p> <p>Minutes later, the Tolleson Fire Department arrived on the scene and began treating Blair. After a short time, his handcuffs were removed to better provide medical care.</p> <p>While being treated, Blair lost consciousness. Life saving measures were rendered, and he was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct and have 5, 6, and 7 years of service respectively, with the department.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Celebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2394Public Works (Trash and Recycling)6/23/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2394/Newsroom_PublicWorks_WRWW2022.pngCelebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!<div class="ExternalClassF9D5E09EC1064C1E8B842915CE40FB35"><html> <p>With more than 600 employees under its Solid Waste arm, the City of Phoenix Public Works Department provides trash, recycling and other waste diversion services to more than 400,000 households within Phoenix's 500+ square miles. Last year, this team collected nearly 700,000 tons of refuse, recycling and green organics. Join us in thanking these public servants during <a href="https://www.wasterecyclingworkersweek.org/" target="_blank">Waste and Recycling Workers Week</a>, and every week, for their dedication to making Phoenix a clean and sustainable place to live.</p> <p>Solid Waste Equipment Operators (SWEO), or garbage truck drivers, are at the heart of this massive operation. These professionals are reliable yet flexible – they always get the job done, but still make time to high-five excited toddlers along their routes.</p> <p>As Phoenix rapidly grows, so does the need for these essential workers. The Public Works Department is actively recruiting to fill more than 40 SWEO vacancies. </p> <p>A career as a SWEO is rewarding and has many opportunities for advancement and on-the-job training. There are opportunities for current CDL drivers and apprenticeships for those seeking their CDL. Learn more and apply at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/jobs" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Jobs</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews



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