- Dr. Marvin J. Slepian: The Arizona BioIndustry Association honored Dr. Slepian with the Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dr. Slepian is a cardiologist, inventor, entrepreneur, educator and innovator. At the University of Arizona he serves as professor of medicine, professor and associate department head of biomedical engineering, professor of material sciences and engineering, professor of medical imaging, McGuire Scholar in the UA Eller College of Management and member of the UA Sarver Heart Center. Dr. Slepian is also the founder and director of the newly created Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation — focused on novel solution development for unmet medical needs. He has created businesses that have been acquired by international health-care companies. In Tucson, he was one of three cofounders of SynCardia that manufactures the total artificial heart.
- Pima Community College: PCC was named among the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen prize recognizes high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The prize, awarded every other year by the Aspen Institute, recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. The colleges were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges. Ten finalists will be named in May 2018 and, following site visits, winners will be selected in spring 2019.
- Jefferson Keenan: Keenan has been selected as the Best Lawyers 2018 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice in Tucson. Keenan is a partner in the firm Piccarreta Davis Keenan Fidel PC.
- Bruce Wright: Wright received the Lawrence M. Hecker Future of Possibility Award as part of the annual Idea Funding event. Wright, associate vice president for Tech Parks Arizona, was honored with the Hecker award for his commitment to building Tucson’s economy. Wright founded the Arizona Center for Innovation — the longest continuously operating incubators in the state of Arizona serving over 100 startup companies in its 14-year existence.
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