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Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2006 7:05 am | Updated: 3:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A high-tech company based in Singapore will open an office next fall at SkySong, a mixed-use, multi-million dollar development at the former Los Arcos Mall at McDowell and Scottsdale roads in Scottsdale.

Aurigin Technology Pte. Ltd will be among the first of several expected private firms to establish its United States operations at the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center, known as SkySong.

The firm develops hightech products for the biomedical industry and designs, develops and manufacturers automation solutions for advanced semiconductor packaging and smart-radio frequency identification labels.

It also produces components found in consumer electronics such as computers, digital cameras and portable music players. There are no specifics on how many employees Aurigin will have at SkySong.

“Initially, the number of Aurigin’s employees will be limited, but we expect the number to increase substantially along with the staffs of other firms,” said Julia Rosen, ASU’s assistant vice president for Economic Affairs.

“We are delighted to be able to attract this creative, high-growth, global company to SkySong.” Rosen said, then added:

“Aurigin will certainly be joined by other international technology businesses that seek partnerships with the university, a creative space from which to operate, and the quality of place that has made Scottsdale such a well known and desirable U.S. business location.”

Aurigin, a fast-growing, innovation-based enterprise that was started in one of the world’s most competitive economies, Singapore, is exemplary of the kind of business that SkySong is aiming to attract, Rosen said.

“We are attracted to SkySong because it will provide increased visibility for our company, a robust platform for marketing in the U.S., and the opportunity to have a profound connection with Arizona State University’s research programs and scientific talent,” said Peter Kahn, director of Aurigin’s U.S. operations.

ASU is aggressively developing relationships with institutions, businesses and entrepreneurs in Singapore, Ireland, China, Mexico and Germany as part of its strategy to make SkySong a place where international businesses will locate and interact with Arizona companies and university innovators.

“By establishing their U.S. operations at SkySong, a global portal for business, Aurigin Technology will benefit from leveraging collaboration among fellow innovative companies and ASU, a worldclass university,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Mahesh Balakrishnan, a business development executive with close ties to Asian technology companies and a resident of Singapore, is now working as a consultant to ASU to help attract other Singaporean and Asian-based companies to SkySong.

Aurigin will join other technology companies locating at SkySong, including eFunds and Qwest, as well as ASU research and entrepreneurial units such as ASU Technopolis, Innovation Space and the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, among others.

SkySong is an investment combination of more than $130 million from Scottsdale plus multi-millions of dollars from the ASU Foundation and private developers. Ultimately, it will consist of 1.2 million square feet of research, office and retail space in addition to residential units around a grand boulevard lined by retail, restaurants and cultural institutions.

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