Arizona Bioscience News: $50M to ASU for dementia research, care; C-Path hires new CEO; Oro Valley incubator to break ground

March 28, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

$50 million donation to ASU renames nursing college, funds dementia research / Arizona Republic

Charlene and J. Orin Edson will donate $25 million to Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and $25 million to ASU’s Biodesign Institute to fund research and education on dementia causes and care, providing one of the largest gifts in university history. Read more: Arizona State University gifted $50M for dementia research

C-Path drug-research institute names new CEO / Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-based Critical Path Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the drug development process, has appointed Joseph Scheeren, a longtime pharmaceutical industry executive, as its new president and CEO.

Oro Valley biosciences business incubator looks like a go this time / Arizona Daily Star

Oro Valley Innovation Labs, or OVIL, is tentatively scheduled to break ground sometime later this year near Roche Tissue Diagnostics in Innovation Park, providing 4,000 square feet of lab and office space for bioscience startups, with a focus on medical diagnostics.

3 local firms picked for Flinn bioscience startup program / Arizona Daily Star

Three Tucson-based bioscience startups—Emagine Solutions Technology, CATS Tonometer and Nanopec Inc.–were among six picked by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation for its 2019 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program.

New patient tower opens at Banner – UMC Tucson April 22 / AZ Big Media

Banner–University Medical Center Tucson will welcome its first patients to its new, $446 million nine-story patient tower beginning April 22
—a 670,000-square-foot expansion that will add nearly 200 more beds, including 96 adult ICU beds, and $50 million in new equipment and technology.

There’s a new blood test to screen for colon cancer. So should you skip the colonoscopy? / Arizona Republic

Phoenix-based Sonora Quest Laboratories has a new colon cancer blood test on the market—a $170 test called BeScreened-CRC that was developed by Phoenix-based diagnostics laboratory Beacon Biomedical and is a screening tool for colon cancer.

Researchers at University of Arizona’s Phoenix campus working to find out the underlying causes of cerebral palsy / KGUN

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has received the first federal grant to study whether genetics play a role in developing cerebral palsy, which impacts one out of 250 children.

$6.1M in grants pave way for TGen-led studies of deadly lung diseases / AZ Big Media

The Translational Genomics Research Institute has received $6.1 million in two grants to study deadly lung diseases that affect hundreds of thousands of Americans and for which there are no cures.

SparkLabs Group launches its first university accelerator program at Arizona State University / TechCrunch

SparkLabs Frontier will launch its first accelerator at Arizona State University this summer and will be open to participants from the university’s programs to help them develop startup ideas and connect with possible co-founders.  

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