Arizona Bioscience News: ASU Biodesign receives $4.7M grant for laser; Alzheimer’s surgical implant at Barrow; Biotech firm raises $4.3M

September 19, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

ASU gets $4.7 million grant for one-of-a-kind molecular laser / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University has received a $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the creation of the compact X-ray free electron laser— a precise tool for examining biomolecules at the atomic level—being built at ASU’s Biodesign Institute in Tempe. Read more: ASU laser technology gets boost from NSF ‘Big Ideas’ initiative

Barrow doctors implant ‘pacemakers’ in brains of Alzheimer’s patients / Arizona Republic

Doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute, part of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, are hoping a surgical implant will gain approval for widespread use in treating patients for Alzheimer’s disease. Read more: Barrow announces Phase 3 study of Alzheimer’s treatment

Bringing innovation to the state, Arizona Bioscience Week / Chamber Business News

The Arizona Bioindustry Association is holding its fourth annual Arizona Bioscience Week from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 featuring the annual awards event, scientific and investor conferences and forums, and networking opportunities.

ASU spinoff raises $4.3 million to expand its speech analytics tech / Phoenix Business Journal

Aural Analytics Inc., a Scottsdale-based Arizona State University spinoff, has raised $4.3 million to expand its technology that uses speech analytics to detect neurological issues.

UA researchers create smartphone microscope to test for virus in water / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona researchers have developed a smartphone device that could benefit the water treatment industry by detecting low levels of the extremely contagious norovirus in a matter of minutes.

Phoenix philanthropist donates $5 million to Creighton, St. Joseph’s / KTAR

Creighton University and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital have received a $5 million donation from Phoenix-area philanthropist Doris Norton to develop Creighton’s new Health Sciences Campus at Park Central and support nursing student scholarships at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

ASU creating device to detect bio-weapons, dangerous viruses / ABC 15

Researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute were awarded up to a $40 million grant to develop a device for military use that can quickly detect exposure to potential bio-weapons or dangerous viruses.

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