Two new key tech additions are coming to the newest building in SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.
A trailblazing information technology solutions firm and an online technology and business library provider are going to call SkySong 3 their new home.
Solugenix Corporation is the longest-serving IT consulting firm in the nation, doing pioneering work since 1969. Among other things, Solugenix developed the first cell phone billing system and developed the first GPS systems for in-car navigation. Solugenix is relocating from the Scottsdale Airpark and will begin its lease at SkySong in April. Today, Solugenix helps world’s leading financial services companies and healthcare providers with mission-critical software and services. Solugenix chose Scottsdale to build its two new centers of excellence: Data Sciences and DevOps. SkySong’s unique tech-savvy ecosystem and proximity to ASU were the big reasons for that choice.
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“Safari’s partnership with ASU began with an internship program with the W.P. Carey School, and has grown since 2008,” said Vice President of Global Sales Michael Conner. “Our roots run deep in global technology and business communities, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with ASU to empower tomorrow’s workforce.”
Solugenix and Safari are the latest additions to the growing SkySong project, which recently saw the completion of the SkySong Apartments and is nearing the completion of SkySong 3, the third office building at the property. SkySong 3 is now 90% leased with the coming of Solugenix and Safari.
“Companies like Solugenix and Safari are attracted to the culture and space at SkySong because they recognize it is a home for innovation and technology,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “Both companies will find the SkySong campus to be a friendly environment for their approach to information and technology.”
Shashi Jasthi, CEO and President of Solugenix, said: “We considered two sites in Southern California and two sites in Scottsdale to start our Data Sciences and DevOps centers of excellence. SkySong’s unique connection and proximity to ASU made it an easy decision. We are kicking off the operations with ASU talent in engineering, math and statistics. It also helps that SkySong has the room to grow as these centers develop products and bring in support staff.”
SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.
SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:
• Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
• Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
• Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
• Create a unique regional economic and social asset.
Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 82,000 students studying across four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, in Lake Havasu and online. ASU is one of the largest public universities in the nation, with the majority of its students attending its campus in Tempe, Arizona, less than three miles from SkySong.
In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.