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1800PR Negotiates Strategic Blockchain Partnership between BurstIQ and International Trade Administration (ITA)

  • International Trade Administration (ITA) Signs Blockchain Partnership with BurstIQ to Support Healthcare and FinTech Initiatives​ – via 1800pr Strategic Communications Strategy

  1. First U.S. Government / Trade collaboration with blockchain company in history
  2. Denver, CO company ranked #1 blockchain healthcare platform in the world
  3. BurstIQ is the first blockchain company to be accepted into the ITA Strategic Partnership Program
  4. ITA Blockchain initiative creates possible path for US economic development and job creation in technology sector
  5. Blockchain News:  Enterprise Blockchain solutions to revitalize industry on heals of crypto crash

BurstIQ and the International Trade Administration (ITA), aka, Division, U.S. Department of Commerce announced the formation of a strategic public-private partnership focused on promoting blockchain, healthcare practices and strategic domestic and international initiatives to drive U.S. economic development, trade and international competitiveness.


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Paul Thanos, Director of the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries (OFII) & Analysis Director at the International Trade Administration (ITA) Division, U.S. Department of Commerce commented:

We are excited to be working with BurstIQ. This collaboration marks our first strategic public-private partnership in the blockchain industry. BurstIQ is well-positioned to support and advance our economic development efforts through their health data platform – enabling new economic opportunities for both the digital health and FinTech industry.


The ITA is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace, with more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. ITA works with its Strategic Partners in support of ITA’s mission to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promote trade and investment, and ensure fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.


Frank Ricotta CEO of BurstIQ commented:

BurstIQ is committed to promoting economic development in partnership with the ITA. We are looking to work with the ITA to establish business and economic growth opportunities both domestic and international that wouldn’t otherwise exist without this emerging growth collaboration. Furthermore, the ITA’s mission aligns well with our mission to support the development of a global, person-centric health data economy. BurstIQ is looking forward to working closely with the International Trade Administration to advance the missions of both organizations.

BurstIQ is an industry-leading blockchain enablement company, offering enterprise-level blockchain solutions for the health and healthcare industry. The company offers a HIPAA- and GDPR- compliant platform that seamlessly leverages blockchain, advanced security, Big Data capabilities, and machine intelligence to enable a global health data network through which healthcare businesses and individuals can access, control, monetize, and gain insights from their health data. BurstIQ provides platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions to healthcare institutions, insurers, life sciences/pharma companies, and government agencies at the state, national, and international level.



is a full-service PR Agency that partners with corporations, global interests, non-profits,  government agencies, brands, established and emerging technology and health sectors, consumer companies,  high-profile individuals, regional businesses, and others other organization to help them define and achieve their strategic PR goals.

We are a trusted partner to our clients as they look to us to design, development and execute media and partnership strategies that drive results.

Strategic Communications:

1800PR works with organizations to develop advocacy strategies that involve diverse groups of stakeholders and audiences to help create a network of support to achieve their goals.

We create and execute fully integrated communications strategies to align our clients goals with the goals of other organizations to inspire participation, drive strategic partnerships, inform audiences, challenge perceptions, mobilize desired allies and spark change with measurable results for our clients and society.

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1800PR Produces First ‘United Nations Movie Premiere’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger “Wonders of the Sea 3D”

Public Relations firm “1800pr” aligns Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Wonders of the Sea 3D” movie with UN SDG 14 through a social impact event

1800PR is proud to announce the PR agency has successfully completed the first movie premiere at the United Nations with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s & Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Wonders of the Sea 3D” Movie. The event which was the first of its kind at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY, aligned the goals of the film and the pubic messaging and goals of United Nations in support of UN SDG 14 “Life Under Water”. Through a strategic public-private partnership collaboration, 1800pr and its partners, in collaboration with the office of UN for partnerships, positioned the “Wonders of the Sea 3D” movie and its message as an amplifier  a social impact initiative to help inspire social change.


Daniel Thomas, Director of Communications & Spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly, Matt Bird CEO of 1800PR and sports and entertainment TV personality Pat O’Brien co-hosted the event with guests; Co-Star Fabian Cousteau (son of Jean-Michel Cousteau), Co-Director Jean-Jacque Mantello and his brother and Producer, François Mantello, who also took to the podium and addressed the crowd.

in cooperation with [John Paul DeJoria portfolio of companies] that helped make the event possible.

Quote: Daniel Thomas, Chief Communications Officer UN Global commented; “It was an incredible event and the first of its kind at the United Nations.”

Quote: Wonder of the Sea 3D Director Jean-Jacque Mantello and Producer Francois Mantello commented, “We would like to thank 1800pr who organized and produced this event and allowing us to present our film “Wonders of the Sea 3D” at the United Nations. We know how difficult it is to organize an event inside this prestigious institution, and especially, a 3D projection which had never been done before. The theatre was packed and we had amazing feedback from the hundreds of guests who attended.”

Quote: Pat O’Brien, Co-Host of the event and TV personality said, “In all my 35+ years in network television with NBC and CBS, I’ve worked with many PR agencies. 1800pr stands out – not only are they thorough, but they think differently, act differently and find ways to align brands with meaningful social impact initiatives with a purpose, and just get it done. What a team!”

Our Impact Pledge: In 2015 1800pr made a pledge to support the UN SDGs with media, communications and strategic advisory services to help better-the-world through strategic public-private partnerships programs by becoming and advocate and evangelist for the SDG goals and its message of social change. To date, 1800pr has reached more than one (1) billion people* by supporting the UN SDG initiatives with our news and content distributions services, media relations work and strategic social impact events and media coverage. *Source: Data and reporting provided by Meltwater and ComScore.


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BurstIQ, Inc. Selects 1-800-PublicRelations (“1800pr”) as Public Relations Agency of Record

blockchain Healthcare Company BurstIQ signs with 1800pr:  to drive PR, social impact, corporate communications and marketing

DENVER, Feb. 20, 2018  — BurstIQ, Inc., a leading healthcare blockchain data company, announced today that it has selected 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. (1800pr) to serve as the company’s public relations agency of record. BurstIQ’s decision to formalize its partnership with 1800pr follows a highly successful strategic communications program that led to several key partnerships and the successful launch of BurstIQ’s private placement offering at the 2018 World Economic Forum (#DAVOS2018). BurstIQ will continue along the strategic trajectory established in partnership with 1800pr, securing critical partnerships to accelerate growth and platform development.

“As we have transitioned from a startup to an emerging growth company, our partnership with 1800pr has been invaluable,” says Frank Ricotta, CEO of BurstIQ. “We are eager to take that partnership to the next level and execute on the strategic vision laid out by CEO Matthew Bird. The next 18 months are going to be very exciting.”

“Having the opportunity to work with a successful emerging-growth firm like BurstIQ is beyond exciting. Their proprietary blockchain technology is uniquely positioned to disrupt multiple markets within the next 18 months, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them,” commented Matthew Bird, CEO of 1800pr.

About BurstIQ ™ 
BurstIQ ™ is a leading healthcare blockchain data company. The company offers a HIPAA-compliant enterprise-level health data platform that seamlessly leverages blockchain technology, big data capabilities and machine intelligence enabling healthcare organizations to securely manage and control their data.   The platform allows the creation of a next generation data marketplace for monetization of both individual and business data, personalized products and services, value-added B2B services, and more. The BurstIQ platform and data marketplace work together to improve the security and individual control of health data, increase health access and equity, reduce healthcare costs, and enable new insights and care models. Currently BurstIQ services major healthcare institutions, OEM data partners, unions, government agencies and sovereign nations.

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About 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “1800pr”
1800pr is an award-winning strategic public relations agency with an emphasis on performance-driven PR programs, social-impact brand communications strategy and experiential event activations. We design, create and execute event-based sustainable communication programs to help our clients meet their strategic business objectives through media relations, global social impact initiatives and public-private partnerships. The high-energy sustainable communications initiatives we craft and content created is meant for brands to inspire social change while building market-share to support the global community.

Since 2014, 1800pr has serviced over 300 established brands, fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging growth companies, consumer product companies, non-profits, high-profile individuals, and financial institutions. *1800pr is a proud supporter and a media partners of the United Nations SDGs

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PR and Media Contact:

Abigail Krasno
Jr. Partner @1800pr
C: 832.520.4125

BurstIQ Contact:
Amber Hartley
Chief Corporate Development Officer

1800pr Contact:
Matthew Bird
CEO @1800pr
O: 646.248.7676

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