Welcome to the Desert Angels™. We are a Tucson, Arizona based non-profit organization of accredited investors who seek opportunities to invest in Southwest regional startup or early stage companies. The organization serves as a forum for its over 80 members, who invest individually from their personal funds. Since 2000, Desert Angel members have invested over $41.5 million in more than 99 presenting companies.

Portfolio Companies

acudora

Acudora

Acudora is changing our listening experience using its revolutionary technology to allow you to listen to a phone conversation in a noisy environment using more sound and less volume. (Presentation Date: April 26, 2012)

Adicyte, Inc.

Adicyte, Inc.

AdiCyte is a cryobank through which patients can preserve adipose (fat) tissue and powerful adipose stem cells for future use in cosmetic treatments for wrinkles, augmentation procedures, reconstructive surgeries, and importantly, in the emerging field of cellular regenerative medicine. (Presentation Date: October 25, 2012)

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Amber Alert GPS

Amber Alert GPS is a child safety GPS company that leverages the latest technologies to help keep families safe by utilizing a child-tracking device that attaches to a child’s clothing or backpack. The device reports 24/7 to our easy-to-use web-based portal, and parents can see where their kids are and receive email or text alerts from a computer or a smartphone. (Presentation Date: February 16, 2012)

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Amplimed Corporation

AmpliMed Corporation, a clinical-stage cancer pharmaceutical company founded by world-renowned oncologists, has a lead compound, Amplimexon®, in Phase II clinical trials, with early evidence of effectiveness and low levels of toxicity. Disease targets include pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and melanoma. (Presentation Date: December 18, 2008)

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appsFreedom

Our ready-to-use mobile apps for SAP give business users fast, secure access to enterprise systems from any mobile device. Launch fast, buy only what you need, scale easily. (Presentation Date: January 17, 2013)

AQ BioMed

AQ BioMed

AQ BioMed is a medical device company commercializing next generation glaucoma drainage device to address the $3B glaucoma market. Based on over 20 years of research and development, the patented Oculieve™ drainage device is implanted in the eye by a MIGS (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery) to relieve over-pressurization caused by glaucoma. (Presentation Date: March 23, 2016)

Arizona Film Venture

Arizona Film Venture

The first project of this production company is a movie shot completely in Arizona, with talent from the state’s universities in front of and behind the camera, and a production fully financed by Tucson investors.. (Presentation Date: November 21, 2013)

Beacon Biomedical

Beacon Biomedical

Beacon will be providing healthcare providers with easy, accurate and affordable traditional laboratory & point-of-care (POC) blood-based tests they can use to screen their patients for the presence of undiagnosed colorectal cancer for less than $75. The added benefit of the POC version will be access to test results in under 10-minutes. (Presentation Date: January 28, 2016)

biovidria

bioVidria

bioVidria, Inc. is focused on developing and manufacturing a wide variety of labware used in genetics research based on a novel and proprietary surface technology. This technology can be applied to microarrays, multi-well plates, and other labware critical to research conducted in both corporate and academic laboratories. (Presentation Date: June 25, 2009)

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BioVigilant

BioVigilant Systems invented instantaneous microbial detection technology to address environmental monitoring needs in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, and environmental applications. BioVigilant’s IMD systems detect—instantaneously and in real time—particulate count, size, and biological status. (Presentation Date: May 2003)

Bitsbox

Bitsbox

Bitsbox teaches grade school kids to code. Our website provides the world’s easiest app programming environment, then we publish fun, monthly projects for homes and schools. (Presentation Date: November 17, 2016)

Calimmune

Calimmune

Calimmune has assembled a world-class team of researchers, clinicians and translational experts in related fields of science and medicine to develop innovative cell-based therapies for HIV. The company formed around stem cell technology discovered in the labs of Nobel Laureate, Dr. David Baltimore (Caltech) and Dr. Irvin Chen (UCLA AIDS Institute) in early 2000. (Presentation Dates: February 26, 2009 & April 28, 2011)

CampusLogic

CampusLogic

CampusLogic is a student financial aid self-service company which is transforming the way colleges and universities exchange data and documents with their students through a secure, cloud-based self-service platform. (Presentation Date: May 28, 2015)

CPP

Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals

Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPP) is a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer prevention therapies that will effectively and safely reduce the risk of cancer for people with elevated risk. The Company is initially focused on Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) which is a precursor to colon cancer. CPP works collaboratively with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and multiple academic partners. (Presentation Date: December 16, 2010)

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Carb-BOOM

Carbboom Nutrition Inc. produces and markets sport nutrition products geared towards endurance athletes. We are committed to serving the athletes with the best ingredients and the best tasting products. All of our products do not contain anything artificial. Our premium fruit flavored gels are make with real fruits purees and concentrates. (Presentation Date: September 26, 2002)

cellzdirect

CellzDirect

Now part of the Invitrogen family, CellzDirect provides high-quality in vitro ADME cell products and contract laboratory and consulting services focused primarily on drug metabolism and transport. With CellzDirect’s support, scientists conduct research that accelerates the discovery of safe and effective drugs. (Presentation Dates: April 16, 2001 & April 24, 2002)

clearvoice

ClearVoice

We are a simple platform that helps digital marketers more effectively create, manage, and market their content on the Internet. (Presentation Date: March 25, 2015)

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ClickIPO

ClickIPO is an Android and IOS app that aggregates demand from buy-and-hold Retail Investors in Initial Public Offerings and Secondary Offerings. For the first time in 30 years, we give access to the public to IPOs while at he same time solving retail distribution problems for Issuers and Underwriters. (Presentation Date: February 15, 2017)

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Codelucida

Codelucida is developing new disruptive error-correction technology for next-generation for storage and communications with initial focus on solid state drives (SSDs). The technology addresses a major need in the growing SSD market as SSDs face major issues in terms of reliability, speed, and power. (Presentation Date: September 23, 2015)

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Commerce Bank of Arizona

The last locally owned and operated bank serving small businesses in Southern Arizona. (Presentation Date: February 15, 2017)

Crowd Mics

Crowd Mics

Crowd Mics is an app that turns the audience’s phones into wireless microphones for live events. Now the audience can talk into their phones and be heard over the sound system. (Presentation Date: November 20, 2014)

Desert Owl Games

Desert Owl Games

Desert Owl Games produces the free-to-play PC game, Void Rim. By removing the subscription requirement that limits the competition, we are able to reach gamers more quickly and build lasting customer relationships through interactive communities and completed expansion content. Founded by the pioneers of microtransaction and free to play spaces in the US, Desert Owl Games not only created, but has a true understanding, of this market. (Presentation Date: December 20, 2012)

Education Funding Partners

Education Funding Parners

Education Funding Partners puts the power of Fortune 500 marketing resources to work for public education by linking carefully selected brands and forward-thinking school districts to build successful partnerships. (Presentation Date: December 20, 2012)

EggCyte

EggCyte

EggCyte is a personal cloud technology company that provides consumers with a truly private user-friendly alternative to cloud services and social media for storing and sharing personal content. (Presentation Date: March 25, 2015)

eMoneyPool

eMoneyPool

eMoneyPool brings the age-old concept of money pools into the 21st century with an online platform to make the process easier, safer and more accessible. (Presentation Date: October 24, 2013)

Endovantage

Endovantage

EndoVantage provides pre-treatment computer simulations of medical device implants. Clinicians now for the first time can design the optimal treatment strategy for each patient before surgery, thereby improving treatment quality and reducing cost. (Presentation Date: April 23, 2015)

ESDI

Engineering Synthesis Design, Inc

Engineering Synthesis Design, Inc. (ESDI) is universally recognized as a leading innovator in the field of surface & wavefront metrology. Often copied, but never surpassed, our industry firsts have led the market for over 10 years. ESDI’s ground breaking technology provides real life solutions for mission critical research and industrial applications worldwide. (Presentation Date: January 2009)

eVisit

eVisit

eVisit® is a telemedicine software platform for medical practices and health systems. Our SaaS application (available via web browser and native mobile applications) allows physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to diagnose their patients remotely via high-resolution, 2-way video; and collect payment and electronically prescribe treatment to over 66,000 pharmacies nationwide. (Presentation Date: October 22, 2015)

HTG

HTG Molecular Diagnostics

HTG Molecular Diagnostics (HTG) was founded in 1997 with the mission to develop a universal molecular biology-based platform to improve the pharmaceutical drug discovery process. Since that time, HTG has expanded the utility of qNPA™ technology into the fields of gene expression profiling, Translational Medicine and Diagnostic applications and the measurement of miRNA. (Presentation Date: June 24, 2010)

Instant Bioscan

Instant Bioscan

Instant Bioscan uses its patented optical technology to offer a product that automatically detects microbes and particles in water in real time, unlike traditional methods of testing which require delayed test results and human interaction for the entire process. (Presentation Date: September 27, 2012)

Iris PR Management

Iris PR Management

Iris is a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform designed by PR pros, for PR pros. The platform manages media contacts and simplifies pitch management to improve client ROI. (Presentation Date: January 29, 2015)

JobHive | Automated Hiring Platform

JobHive

The first and only app for employers to source, screen, and track applicants. JobHive is hiring automation made simple. (Presentation Date: June 19, 2014)

Late Living

Late Living

Late Living is a platform for video marketing of retirement and senior communities. (Presentation Date: February 27, 2014)

Medical Referral Source

Medical Referral Source

Medical Referral Source has developed an Internet referral system to streamline and improve patient care for any medical environment. Our easy-to-use web-based system increases revenues for our clients and creates cost-effective efficiencies by facilitating, managing and tracking healthcare referrals. (Presentation Date: February 24, 2011)

medipacs

Medipacs

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Medipacs is focused on commercializing the first non-mechanical infusion pump based on a new, expandable polymer. The Medipacs novel polymer technology enables drug infusion pumps are that are wearable, programmable and disposable to allow for greater accuracy, patient comfort and convenience at a lower cost. (Presentation Date: March 29, 2007)

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MicroBlend Technologies

Welcome to MicroBlend Technologies. Our innovation is redefining paint – its quality, color, and dependability. We’re changing the way you think about paint. Our patented Automated Paint Machine™ (APM™) system dispenses on demand, at your location, a full-spectrum of interior and exterior latex paints and primers in multiple quality grades, in all sheen levels, in all colors and sizes. (Presentation Date: April 24, 2006)

MSDx

MSDx

MSDx, Inc. provides novel biomarker tools for studying disease processes. The company is focused on commercializing both Research Use Only and In Vitro Diagnostic blood test products that will be used in monitoring neurological, autoimmune, and inflammatory disorders. (Presentation Dates: November 16, 2006 & May 27, 2010)

NuvOx Pharma

NuvOx Pharma

NuvOx Pharma LLC is a Bio-Medical Nano-Technology company based in Tucson, Arizona. Forty years of industry experience drives NuvOx Pharma into exciting bio-technology advancements in therapeutic approaches to cancer, hemorrhagic shock, traumatic brain injury and stroke. The core technology of NuvOx is utilizing one particular perfluorocarbon, dodecafluoropentane (DDFP), which provides multiple advantages for respiratory gas transfer and can be applied to a host of therapeutic indications. (Presentation Date: November 15, 2012)

Pediatric Bioscience

Pediatric Bioscience

Pediatric Bioscience is a clinical diagnostic service company focused on commercializing novel biomarkers for the diagnosis of autism. Our first product, the MAR test, has been shown in clinical trials to be 99+% specific for autism. (Presentation Date: April 24, 2014)

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PG Key / Keyware

PG Key is a new, simple to use, all in one solution that lets parents follow the best advice from the experts. It’s a key. Just plug it into a USB port of your kids or family computer and PG Key provides 3 areas of protection. (Presentation Date: December 2009)

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Picmonic

Picmonic is an EdTech start-up reinventing the studying and memorizing habits of today’s students. The company offers a subscription-based service for its proprietary web application and audiovisual content. (Presentation Date: March 19, 2014)

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PlayAbility Toys

PlayAbility Toys is THE source of fun, unique toys that are developmentally appropriate for all young children and in particular children with special needs! The company specifically designs and markets toys that have many sensory features that incorporate auditory, tactile, visual and motor stimulation. (Presentation Date: November 19, 2009)

Post.Bid.Ship

Post.Bid.Ship

Post.Bid.Ship. operates an online marketplace for the commercial shipping and transportation industry. Shippers of freight post their transportation needs to postbidship.com and transportation providers submit competitive bids to haul the freight. (Presentation Date: March 24, 2011)

PowerGrow

PowerGrow

PowerGrow’s Patented Renewable Powered Commercial Greenhouses enable farmers to create 800% more produce per acre, use 90% less water, earn 2x – 3x greater profit and preserve habitats. (Presentation Date: March 22, 2017)

Prospectify

Prospectify

Prospectify allows extremely targeted, automated and personalized outreach at scale to B2B salespeople making the still necessary cold-outreach that much warmer and less painful. (Presentation Date: September 29, 2016)

Pure Chat

Pure Chat

Pure Chat is a Live Chat Solution for Web Sites and Sales Professionals. (Presentation Date: December 18, 2014)

Recoleta

Recoleta

Recoleta LOYALTY 6.0 analyzes shopper purchases to determine which shoppers will respond to particular offers, whether those offers are sourced from CPGs, from coupon networks or come directly from retailers. Recoleta LOYALTY 6.0 accommodates a range of offer types (personal discounts, retailer sale items, manufacturer coupons) and permits retailers to apply their own particular business rules to the products included within those offer types. (Presentation Date: November 21, 2013)

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Regenesis Biomedical

Regenesis Biomedical Inc. is a privately held medical technology company focused on developing and marketing noninvasive regenerative medicine products. Regenesis developed, patented, and now markets the Provant® Therapy System, indicated for the palliative treatment of post-operative pain and edema in superficial soft tissue. (Presentation Dates: March 19, 2002 & December 16, 2010)

REhnu

REhnu

REhnu’s goal is to produce solar electricity at the lowest cost of any method, by combining the best of concentrating and photovoltaic technologies, and by using the most efficient strategies for every aspect of manufacture and installation. (Presentation Date: October 26, 2011)

ReplyBuy

ReplyBuy

We enable businesses and customers to effortlessly complete instant mobile transactions using their cell phones, tablets and other mobile computing devices. ReplyBuy layers real-time buyer transactions into a widespread text messaging infrastructure that already serves text messages to over 211 million Americans every day (1.6B+ Users World Wide) and delivers over 7+ trillion messages in the U.S. annually. (Presentation Dates: February 16, 2012 & April 23, 2015)

Ryver

Ryver

Everyone spends up to 60% of their day using email, and most of that is spent forcing email to do things it was never designed for – Team Communication being the most prevalent. Ryver brings all of a team’s communication together in one place and can be accessed from all devices. (Presentation Date: March 19, 2014)

SalutarisMD

SalutarisMD

Salutaris Medical Devices is a clinical-stage medical device company that was founded to develop an investigational ophthalmic treatment for Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD). SalutarisMD’s technology is being engineered to deliver improved outcomes for Wet AMD. (Presentation Dates: April 24, 2008 & September 30, 2010)

Sandstone Diagnostics

Sandstone Diagnostics

Sandstone aims to disrupt the $44B clinical diagnostics industry by providing connected wellness products that allow consumers to measure, monitor, and improve key health markers at home. Our lead product, Trak, is a consumer male fertility test kit and mobile app that allows couples to monitor and improve sperm quality from the comfort and privacy of home. (Presentation Date: May 22, 2014)

Serious Integrated

Serious Integrated

Our hardware, software, and development tools enable medical/industrial OEMs to quickly and easily add iPhone-like graphic front panels to their product lines. (Presentation Dates: January 26, 2011 & January 17, 2013)

Sialix

Siamab Therapeutics

Siamab is developing therapeutic antibodies targeting glycan alterations present in the majority of solid tumors — including colon, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. Cancer cells mutate the glycans present on the cell surface to enable tissue invasion and metastases. Targeting glycans with antibodies offers the potential to provide patients with significant benefits in reducing tumor burden by both killing tumor cells and blocking metastatic behavior. (Presentation Date: September 26, 2013)

SimpleWan

SimpleWan

SimpleWan provides a cloud-based networking solution for branch offices, service centers, stores and franchises. Networking doesn’t have to be complex! Our all-in-one solution provides an experience that is fast, very simple to setup, monitor, and easy to diagnose to resolve connectivity issues remotely. . (Presentation Date: May 26, 2016)

Stimwave

Stimwave Technologies

Stimwave Technologies Inc is a privately-held medical device company engaged in the development, manufacturing, commercialization and marketing of wireless microsize injectable medical devices for neurology markets. Stimwave strives to improve people’s lives through utilizing wireless neurostimulation technology that enables low cost alternatives to complicated and expensive surgery, coupled with convenient and safe methods of use easily incorporated into everyday life. (Presentation Date: February 28, 2013)

StrongWatch

StrongWatch

StrongWatch Corporation has pioneered and developed autonomous surveillance technology that provides clients with actionable information for high value asset protection. These solutions are targeted to meet: military challenges in surveillance and force protection; government needs for more effective prevention-oriented surveillance and security systems; and real-time commercial asset protection. (Presentation Date: April 22, 2010)

Sycara

Sycara

SyCara is an SAAS Model SEO platform that provides actionable insight, reporting, and recommendations to improve online brand presence and website rankings. (Presentation Date: June 23, 2011)

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SynCardia Systems

SynCardia Systems, Inc. is a private company formed in 2001 to commercialize the SynCardia temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart. Today, with more than 800 implants, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is the only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart in the world. (Presentation Date: November 20, 2008)

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Tempronics

Based on research that started in Oak Ridge National Labs, our devices employ a physical phenomenon called “thermotunneling” that promises to convert heat to electricity more efficiently and affordably than any existing means. It will also provide cleaner and quieter cooling for a wide variety of applications. (Presentation Date: October 2009)

Tiltify

Tiltify

Tiltify creates technology to augment gaming tournaments and marathons to help players raise the maximum amount of money for their charity. (Presentation Date: December 19, 2013)

Tip.ly

Tip.ly

Tip.ly is the first P2P mobile payment application that allows people to tip service professionals (or pay any individual) with their phone without the exchange of personal information, like phone numbers, email addresses and credit cards. Tip.ly solves the growing cash tipping issue as society becomes more cashless. (Presentation Date: January 29, 2015)

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TruTouch Technologies

We develop, manufacture and market versatile noninvasive alcohol testing systems for both existing and emerging markets. TruTouch’s patented, revolutionary technology is the fruit of a ten-year, $60-million investment in developing noninvasive, spectroscopy-based systems for biomedical applications. (Presentation Date: April 22, 2010)

Ugallery

Ugallery.com

We ventured to solve a fundamental problem in the art business – how can promising artists connect with people looking to buy reasonably priced, original artwork? Our solution was Ugallery.com, a virtual gallery that does that and more. (Presentation Date: January 23, 2008)

Vector Space Systems

Vector Space Systems

Vector was founded by the original SpaceX founding team and is a disruptive innovator that connects space startups with affordable and reliable launch enabling platforms and vehicles at a price point never before possible. Vector has a BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market, by combining dedicated low-cost micro satellites launch (Vector Launch) AND software defined satellites (Galactic Sky) to dramatically increase access and speed to orbit. (Presentation Date: December 15, 2016)

Veebow

Veebow

Veebow is a free smartphone application. Every day or so, Veebow sends you a new deal, sent directly to your Veebow app, which you can redeem at the merchant’s location simply by showing your phone. Veebow premieres both national and local deals. The best part? All Veebow deal vouchers are FREE, with NO prepayments or credit card pre-purchases, NO groups, NO printouts, NO daily expiration dates. (Presentation Date: November 15, 2012)

Veristride

Veristride

Veristride’s instrumented insole wirelessly connects with a smartphone and cloud HIPAA-compliant servers to provide instant feedback and analysis about walking and balance, striving to revolutionize rehab. (Presentation Date: October 22, 2015)

Western Alaska Copper and Gold

Western Alaska Copper and Gold

Western Alaska Copper and Gold is an exploration company with significant scale copper discoveries and a smaller scale gold discovery. Our mission is to advance the project through early economic analysis and put the property or the company up for sale. (Presentation Date: April 20, 2017)

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Whistle

Whistle is a customer service communication tool providing hotels the ability to communicate with guests through Mobile Messaging and SMS. A regular phone number with a hotel’s local area code is issued, and guests continue their regular messaging behaviors with the hotel. Virtual, consolidated cellphone for a business’ entire staff. (Presentation Date: December 17, 2015)

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Yapert

Yapert is a new Interactive Mobile Magazine built for fans to engage with musicians, celebrities, athletes, fitness stars, designers, and many more. Yapert searches the social world to bring you what’s trending and exclusive content from the most popular Stars of today. Yapert is the easiest way to stay up to date and immerse yourself in their lives. (Presentation Date: May 23, 2013)

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