Innovation Archive

Export Awards Honor Arkansas Steel, Triangle Engineering, SweepScrub, Harris International, POM

by Mark Carter 5/22/2014 02:11 pm

Five Arkansas companies that do business overseas were honored at the fifth annual Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade awards luncheon.

Little Rock Firm Blazes Its Own PGx Testing Path

by Mark Carter 5/20/2014 03:50 pm

Personalized medicine has grown to encompass the practice of tailoring health care to a specific patients' DNA profile. Doctors use this practice, called pharmacogenetics (PGx), to help determine how individuals metabolize and respond to certain drugs and treatments. One Innovate Arkansas client firm is helping them do just that.

Arkansas Venture Center Launches With $500K Grant From State

by Mark Carter 5/20/2014 01:11 pm

The Venture Center is a membership-driven, nonprofit organization that offers entrepreneurial services related to startup acceleration, corporate innovation and technical training.

Ascendant Dx Closes $2M Funding Round, Adds Board Members

by Mark Carter 5/20/2014 08:22 am

Ascendant Dx of Fayetteville, has developed an early detection test for breast cancer, closes a $2 million funding round and adds two members to its board of directors.

Pathagility Taking On Pharmacogenetics Market

by Mark Carter 5/13/2014 11:26 am

Pathagility helps medical laboratories collect clinical data and produce lab reports that can be distributed electronically to physicians and patients. Last year, Mark McCuin and his crew shifted their focus toward pharmacogenetics (PGx), and it was a good move.

Jordan Carlisle Named Entrepreneurship Director for Little Rock Chamber

by Mark Carter 5/13/2014 09:25 am

Carlisle's duties will include developing new entrepreneurial programs and working with existing events such as Startup Weekend and 1 Million Cups. Roughly 80 percent of the chamber's membership is defined as small business.

Disconnects, On and Off Campus (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 5/12/2014 12:00 am

The things that student tour guides, staff members and others at some of America's most prestigious and expensive universities are saying in front of students and parents touring the campuses are often cringe-worthy.

Post-Tornado, Luke Irvin Hatches Idea for #ARWX App

by Mark Carter 5/9/2014 10:20 am

The storm and its deadly aftermath spawned an idea: an app to provide a list of tweets that the include the Twitter hashtag phrase #arwx.

SFC Fluidics Completes $2M Round to Develop Innovative Insulin Pump

by Mark Carter 5/7/2014 11:46 am

Fayetteville's SFC Fluidics on Wednesday announced that it had closed a $2 million, Series B funding round that will enable it to commercialize an innovative insulin patch pump.

Liz Young Named New Director of Winrock's Arkansas Women's Business Center

by Mark Carter 5/5/2014 11:02 am

The AWBC is a program of Winrock International and part of its BIG DEAL initiatives to provide technical assistance and training -- plus access to markets and sources of capital -- to small business owners.

Anna Drachenberg's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Anna Drachenberg and her co-founders at Innovate Arkansas client firm HIPAA Risk Management have developed a data security and health care compliance program for businesses.

HRM's 'Four Tops' Ready to Tackle HIPAA Security

by Mark Carter 5/5/2014 12:00 am

A glance at the leadership team of Fayetteville startup HIPAA Risk Management will reveal no CEO, no president — only four vice presidents, all female, who divvy up responsibilities based on their own personal expertise.

Cross-College Entrepreneur Team Making Its Mark

by Marty Cook 5/5/2014 12:00 am

It all started when Carol Reeves held the Arkansas Commercialization Retreat atop Petit Jean Mountain at the UA's Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Enrollment Down in Arkansas, But Graduates Increase at Colleges, Universities

by Gwen Moritz 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Enrollment dropped last fall at almost all of Arkansas' 22 two-year colleges and half of the four-year universities, a trend attributed mainly to improvements in the overall economy.

VIC Portfolio Firm, Akeso, Names Simon Williams CEO

by Mark Carter 4/29/2014 01:50 pm

Akeso, founded this year and based in Waltham, Mass., is a medical device company focused on the treatment of hard-to-heal skin ulcers using a new, silk biomaterial technology exclusively licensed from Tufts University.

$100M Station in Central Arkansas Proposed Along Planned Wind Highway

by Luke Jones 4/28/2014 12:00 am

A $2 billion, 750-mile transmission line project has been altered so that Arkansans will benefit from the wind energy highway that will be built through the state in coming years.

UA Aims To Start eVersity By 2015

by Luke Jones 4/28/2014 12:00 am

In March, the University of Arkansas board of directors approved UA System President Donald Bobbitt's proposal to create the UA System eVersity, an online-only branch of the state system.

Inuvo Inc. Swings to 1Q Profit

by Luke Jones 4/24/2014 03:20 pm

Inuvo Inc. of Conway announces net income of $674,759, up from a loss of $290,713 in the same quarter last year.

APEI Gets $3.5M Contract to Develop Fighter Jet Power Modules

by Mark Carter 4/23/2014 09:24 am

Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville has been awarded a $3.5 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to develop a high-temperature, silicon-carbide power module for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Bill Halter Named to Picasolar Board of Directors

by Mark Carter 4/21/2014 12:11 pm

Fayetteville solar startup Picasolar has named former Arkansas lieutenant governor Bill Halter to its board of directors. Halter served as the state's 14th lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011.