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Governor, ARA Name 5 New Research Fellows

Governor, ARA Name 5 New Research Fellows

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Research Alliance on Thursday announced five new ARA fellows.
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Ecoark To Evaluate Potential Zest Labs Spin-Off

Ecoark Holdings Inc. of Rogers on Wednesday announced that it will explore strategic options related to portfolio company Zest Labs, including but not limited to a potential spin-off of the company. Zest Labs will also expand the size of its board.
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Acxiom Reports 1Q Loss of $1.3M, Revenue Down 1 Percent

Acxiom Corp. of Conway on Thursday reported a loss of $1.3 million for its first quarter that ended June 30, down from $3.98 million net income from the same quarter a year ago.
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Global technology provider FIS partners with two startups that graduated from last year's inaugural VC FinTech Accelerator. read more >

The Conductor Receives $30K

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Lockheed Martin Wins $471M Contract to Produce Rockets

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ASBTDC To Host 'Doing Business With NASA' Event July 20

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NIH Gives Arkansas Children's Research Institute $11.5M

The National Institutes of Health has awarded an $11.5 million grant to the Arkansas Children's Research Institute to develop a new center that will study how pediatric diseases develop and devise new treatments for children. read more >

Hill, McHenry: CHOICE Act Will Help Community Banks, Fintech Startups

The priorities of two congressmen supporting the Financial CHOICE Act are to offer community banks on “off ramp” from Dodd-Frank regulations, better define systemically important banks and bring accountability as well as transparency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. read more >

Super Mover: Joel Gordon of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

Joel Gordon has been named the new executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. read more >

Acxiom Gets Five New Patents

Acxiom Corp. is issued five new patents for data processing and management technology designed to support the data science underlying the company's marketing services. read more >

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