Arizona Bioscience News: Arizona adding bioscience jobs; Tech Launch Arizona has new leader; Avery Therapeutics receives national award

April 19, 2018

By brianpowell

Raytheon’s small satellites could aid sea rescues (UA spinoff Avery honored) / Arizona Daily Star

Avery Therapeutics, a startup company developing a tissue-engineered heart graft based on technology developed at the University of Arizona, was recently named one of two winners of the “Buzz of Bio” awards.

How ‘ninja polymers’ are fighting killer superbugs / BBC News

Arizona State University scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, recently programmed nanobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

Report: Arizona adding bioscience jobs, but not venture capital funding / KJZZ

Arizona’s bioscience sector is outpacing the country when it comes to adding jobs, growing by nearly 60 percent between 2002 and 2016, but falling behind on venture capital funding. Read more: Arizona biosciences progressing but still face hurdles; Bioscience continues quick growth

Despite growth of Arizona bioscience sector, a few concerns linger / KJZZ

Mitch Horowitz of TEConomy Partners discusses Arizona’s latest bioscience data on The Show with Steve Goldstein.

New UA tech-transfer chief to follow familiar formula / Arizona Daily Star

Doug Hockstad has been named to replace David Allen as head of Tech Launch Arizona at the University of Arizona—which drives UA faculty inventions into the marketplace—when Allen retires at the end of April.

Diversifying Arizona’s nursing workforce is focus of new UA program / Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Nursing Inclusive Excellence scholars project at the University of Arizona, funded by a $1.9 million federal grant, is designed to support students from underrepresented backgrounds, specifically Native American students, Hispanic students, students from rural areas and first-generation college students.

Former Stanford professor Dr. Michael Dake named next VP of Health Sciences / Daily Wildcat

Dr. Michael Dake has been selected to serve as senior vice president for Health Sciences at University of Arizona, coming from Stanford University where he was a professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of Catheterization and Angiography Laboratories at Stanford Medical Center.

No early harvest with innovation ecosystem / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes that whether it’s a startup or an established multinational, Arizona’s innovation ecosystem has plenty to celebrate at harvest time.