Arizona Bioscience News: Algae into fuel; UArizona receives $4M for Hispanic cancer study; Park Central to add life sciences hub

May 19, 2022

By brianpowell

Algae could help fuel the future. But it’s not easy being ‘green’ / Arizona Republic

Scientists in Arizona have been cultivating algae for several years, but this time, Arizona State University researchers are working on a project with the city of Mesa in hopes of turning wastewater byproducts into fuel and other products.

U of A researcher awarded $4 million cancer grant to focus on Hispanics / Arizona Daily Star

A $4 million, four-year American Cancer Society grant was awarded to a University of Arizona researcher to improve health equity for Hispanic cancer survivors and their family caregivers with a focus on kidney and liver cancer patients as well as all solid tumor cancers.

TGen testing animals for pathogen that causes COVID-19 in humans/ Phoenix Business Journal

The Translational Genomics Research Institute is working with Arizona zoos and state and federal wildlife agencies to test wild animals for the pathogen that causes COVID-19 in humans.

$100M venture capital fund coming to Arizona, says ex-PayPal exec / Arizona Daily Star

Former PayPal executive Jack Selby told a Tucson audience he hopes to announce a $100 million Arizona-based venture capital fund in the next few weeks as part of InvisionAZ, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2018.

Park Central continues growth with new life sciences hub / AZ Big Media

Park Central in midtown Phoenix has plans for an 80,000-square-foot life sciences facility in the project’s Burgbacher Building that can be divisible into separate life sciences laboratories ranging from 5,000 to 50,000 square feet.

Startup will manufacture, research new virus filtration tech at new Arizona facility / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Steel Jupiter, a steel coating manufacturer focused on improving systems that can filter viruses from indoor air, is building a 13,000-square-foot manufacturing, research and development facility plant in Sahuarita, south of Tucson, that will be operational by the end of the year.

StartupAZ names 18 companies to 2022 Collective cohorts / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

StartupAZ, a Valley nonprofit that helps foster the state’s innovation ecosystem, has chosen 18 companies including bioscience firms to participate in the 2022 StartupAZ Collective, a yearlong program for founders.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona / KJZZ

COVID-19 case counts in Arizona tripled over the past month as the state reported an increase in cases for the third week in a row, with test positivity rates climbing as well.

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