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

  • Mara Aspinall
    Mara Aspinall

    Mara Aspinall

    Managing DirectorBlueStone Venture Partners

    Mara Aspinall is a biotech industry executive and healthcare pioneer.

    Aspinall is Managing Director of BlueStone Venture Partners.  Aspinall is the former President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems division of Roche, worldwide leader in development and commercialization of tissue-based cancer diagnostics. With her great team worldwide, Ventana increased market share and growth globally and established itself as the world’s leading oncology companion diagnostics developer and manufacturer.

    Mara previously spent 12 years as President of Genzyme Genetics and Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. The hallmark of her tenure at Genzyme was setting the industry standard for quality while growing the company at an unprecedented rate. The Genetics business was sold to LabCorp for $1 billion.

    Aspinall is a member of the Board of Directors of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), Abcam plc (AIM: ABC), Castle Biosciences and Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona.

    In addition to running commercial enterprises, Aspinall is passionate about educating the healthcare community on the importance of diagnostics, genomics and personalized medicine. To that end, Aspinall co-founded the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics at Arizona State University, the first school dedicated entirely to Diagnostics as an independent discipline. The School awarded their first Master degrees in 2014 and will graduate 75 students this year.

    Within Arizona, Aspinall is the Chair of the Arizona Biosciences Board, a CEO group focused on increasing capital in the state for innovation based technology companies. She is also a Board member of Sun Corridor and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.

    Aspinall is a frequent national speaker on healthcare related issues. She was named Arizona Biosciences Leader of the Year in 2016 and one of “100 Most Inspiring People in Life Sciences” by PharmaVOICE magazine.

    Mara started her business career at the strategic consulting firm Bain & Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.

    • 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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