Pursuing the development of high tech jobs

Innovation Economy

The innovation economy focus area pursues the development of high tech, high wage jobs for the region. It supports efforts in research, tech transfer, funding through Science Foundation Arizona and Fund of Funds and emerging technology like Solar, and leads regional efforts in bioscience.

Objectives:

  • Build Southern Arizona’s research strengths around bioscience technology.
  • Nurture all sources of revenue, including venture capital, to build a critical mass of bioscience companies in Southern Arizona.
  • Build a talent base, through education and workforce development, that captures and retains Southern Arizona’s human resources.
  • Develop and maintain a business climate supportive of the biosciences and their growth in Southern Arizona.
  • Educate, inform, and spur to action opinion leaders and the general public on Southern Arizona’s future.
  • Develop the regional infrastructure to allow and support anticipated growth.

Co-Chairs

  • Matt Lingard
      Matt Lingard

      Matt Lingard

      Marana Site LeaderBayer
    • Calline Sanchez
        Calline Sanchez

        Calline Sanchez

        Vice President, Systems Lab ServicesIBM

        SALC member Calline Sanchez serves as Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems Storage.  In this role Calline is responsible for worldwide development of IBM’s Enterprise Storage Systems including DS8000, Physical/Virtual Tape, and back up/archive solutions.  Prior to this role, she was Vice President of IBM Systems Storage Program Management.  Calline led a worldwide team of program managers, engineers and scientists representing locations worldwide to deliver the IBM Systems Storage Product Portfolio. Her execution focus is to deliver the best of breed technology products/solutions to the marketplace.

        In 2011, as the IBM Data Protection and Retention Development Director, Calline led the Backup System Strategy enabling the Virtual and Physical Tape teams. Prior to this position as the Enterprise Disk Storage Development Director she led the transformation to improve execution and substantiate a foundation for delivering IBM Enterprise Disk into the marketplace.

        In 2008, Calline was on temporary assignment at IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York. The role consisted of learning from Nick Donofrio, Executive Vice President and champion supporting IBM’s technical community worldwide. Visiting 30+ countries in this role, she engaged in projects that NMD led within Innovation, Technology, Government Programs, Corporate Citizenship, IBM Research, and Education.

        Calline began her career with IBM in 1999 as a co-op in Markov Chain Statistical Tools and accepted a full time position with the Storage tools team. As the team lead, Calline contributed significantly to the development of assertion based models and coded in C for FCP, SCSI, and FICON interfaces for both disk and tape products. She has B.S.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, B.A. in Communications from the University of Arizona, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the same university.

        Calline is pleased to be a member of SALC, and serves on SALC’s Innovation Economy Focus Area committee.

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