Arizona Bioscience News: ASU Biodesign Institute lands $39M grant; TGen research leads to TB test; FDA clears Scottsdale startup’s sleep apnea app

August 1, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

ASU receives $39M DARPA grant to develop WMD exposure detector / KJZZ 

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, which was awarded nearly $39 million to develop a detector for exposure to weapons of mass destruction and other related substances, will use a method to search for chemicals that affect gene expression and can stick around long after physical effects have faded. 

TGen and ABL plan global rollout of advanced test for TB / AZ Big Media 
Advanced Biological Laboratories is expected to soon begin manufacturing of a compact, portable and affordable test for tuberculosis, based on years of development by the Translational Genomics Research Institute with its research partners from around the world. 

ASU jumps into Top 10 in global patent rankings / AZ Big Media 
Arizona State University has moved into the top 10 of all universities worldwide for U.S. patents awarded in 2018 by earning 130 patents, according to a new report, including an immunosignature-based diagnosis of cancer in dogs and a handheld device that can read your metabolism on the spot. 

Scottsdale startup receives FDA clearance for sleep apnea app / Phoenix Business Journal 
Scottsdale-based health-tech startup Resonea Inc. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its in-home sleep apnea screening app, Drowzle. 

UA sets record with 284 inventions in 2019 / AZ Big Media 

University of Arizona disclosed a record 284 inventions in fiscal year 2019, filed 341 patents, executed 96 licenses and options for UA technologies, launched 11 startups, and received a record 56 issued patents, according to Tech Launch Arizona, which commercializes the university’s inventions stemming from research. 

Oro Valley Innovation Labs get the green light / Tucson Local Media 

The Oro Valley Innovation Labs, which will focus on advancing research in the biomedical industry, fostering collaboration, and providing space for emerging businesses, is scheduled to break ground in early September. 

What is the cost of Alzheimer’s disease on society? / KJZZ 
A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that we could be grossly underestimating the true cost of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 

Construction starts on new tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center / AZ Big Media 

A new 220,000-square-foot, 96-bed tower at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center–the facility’s fourth patient tower–is now under construction and scheduled to open in spring 2021. 

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