Written by Hope Seasholes
Evan Darzi is an entrepreneur working out of Wexford labs just upstairs from Venture Cafe Phoenix and the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. After studying organic chemistry at Boston University and receiving his Doctorate from the University of Oregon, he was interested in finding ways to combine chemistry and technology/ electronics. This combination has led him to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. He discussed that the mission of this technology is to provide more equity to the current standard testing of marijuana usage.
What does Venture Cafe Phoenix mean to you?
To us, events like Venture Cafe Phoenix signifies a shift in the tech ecosystem of Phoenix. It provides a regular place where innovators at all stages of their career can come together and exchange ideas and experiences to help each other succeed.
Have you had any memorable connections at Venture Cafe Phoenix?
Everytime I go to Venture Cafe I end up meeting new and interesting people regardless of that week’s topic. Venture Cafe Phoenix is where I first met Elsa Abruzzo, CEO and President of Anuncia Medical, an incredible innovator and leader in the local tech community.
What is ElectraTect? Can you discuss the upcoming Unlimited Potential Symposium at Venture Cafe?
ElectraTects mission is to bring fairness to traditional marijuana testing by developing an inexpensive marijuna breathalyzer that detects only recent marijuana use. This technology is critical particularly in places like Phoenix that have legalized recreational and medical marijuana use but still rely on traditional blood and urine tests that can only detect use in recent days to months and can lead to fines, imprisonment, or loss of job. 2022 will kick off our first Unlimited Potential Award Symposium that will discuss the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in STEM fields and will include awards to local college and highschool students who demonstrate a passion for STEM fields and a dedication to making a positive impact on the scientific community.
Any final thoughts on Venture Cafe Phoenix?
Venture Cafe is an incredible environment to network with innovators at all stages of the creative process. You never know when you will meet your next collaborator, advisor, or investor!
Learn more about Evan and ElectraTect, here.
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