Arizona Bioscience News: Arizona tech winners announced; STEM fair for students; New Chandler hospital breaks ground

November 19, 2015

By Matt Ellsworth

AZ Tech CouncilDignity Health, Kindred break ground on $25M rehab hospital in Chandler / Phoenix Business Journal

Dignity Health and Kindred Healthcare Inc. have broken ground on a $25 million, 58,000-square-foot rehabilitation hospital in Chandler.

‘Liquid biopsies’ provide up-to-date info for doctors / Arizona Republic

A team of international researchers, including those from the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Mayo Clinic in Arizona, found that analyzing circulating-tumor DNA from a patient’s blood could track how their cancer evolves and responds to treatment.

See which 5 Arizona tech companies are among the fastest growing in the country / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona has five companies on Deloitte’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing public and private technology companies in North America, including biotech firm Ulthera, Inc., a Mesa-based company specializing in lifting and tightening skin around the face through ultrasound.

STEM Adventure shows students science up close / Arizona Public Media

A thousand Tucson-area students explored careers in science and engineering at the Arizona STEM Adventure, which featured liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, a ball python and robots among the exhibits. Read also: 1,000 students visit STEM fair at Pima college

Bone marrow transplants come in 2 different forms / Arizona Republic

The Cancer Transplant Institute, the hematopoietic-stem-cell transplant program at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at HonorHealth, recently earned accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and is part of the National Marrow Donor Program.

The winners of the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation are… / Phoenix Business Journal

Two Tucson tech companies and a Tempe medical-tech company are among the company award winners for the 12th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards, which recognize the state’s top technology companies and the best science and technology innovators.

Arizona agencies picked for international pancreas cancer research dream team / KJZZ

Daniel Von Hoff of TGen is the leader of a Dream Team, which includes TGen, HonorHealth in Scottsdale, and others, awarded a $12 million grant from Stand Up To Cancer to study pancreatic cancer, soon to be second only to lung cancer for cancer-related deaths.

Alzheimer’s disease rarely diagnosed or recognized in Indian country / KJZZ

Many Native Americans with Alzheimer’s are outcasts in their own communities, with little knowledge about the disease. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, though, is holding workshops on reservations for health-care providers and social workers, teaching them how to do memory screenings, talk to families, and lead support groups.