Arizona Bioscience News: ASU launches DOD brain study; Tech Launch Arizona numbers keep rising; AZ pilot program to increase STEM teachers

August 3, 2017

By brianpowell

Tech Launch Arizona continues upward trajectory / Arizona Daily Star
Tech Launch Arizona, the University of Arizona’s technology commercialization arm, posted across-the-board increases in startup companies, license agreements, and other measures in fiscal 2017.

Doctors hoping to use blood, saliva to test for brain injury / ABC15
Researchers from Barrow Neurological Institute, Translational Genomics Research Institute and others are looking for biomarkers that can identify a concussion or stage of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has been identified in the brains of deceased football players.

Roche working to identify treatment options for lung cancer patients / Tucson Local Media
Roche Tissue Diagnostics, known locally as Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., announced a test used to identify lung cancer patients’ eligibility for specific treatments.

Banner Health opens small health-care clinics at Safeway stores / Arizona Republic
Banner Health, Arizona’s largest health-care provider, is partnering with Safeway grocery stores to open retail-based clinics at stores in Chandler, Tempe and Tucson. Read more: Why Banner Health execs think they’ll succeed with grocery store clinics when all others failed

First official class begins at Arizona’s Mayo Clinic School of Medicine / 12News
Two of the 50 students who make up the inaugural class of Arizona’s Mayo Clinic School of Medicine share their thoughts about the program. Read more: Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale begins inaugural medical school class

Researchers working on new treatments for glioblastoma / KJZZ
Physicians say glioblastoma is a difficult form of cancer to treat, but researchers are working on new ways to try.

Arizona launches program to get more teachers into STEM fields / KJZZ
The Arizona Department of Education is starting a pilot program that aims to help current teachers get certified to transfer into high-need fields, such as science information and technology.

Companies sign on for planned Sahuarita Tech Center / Arizona Public Media
The town of Sahuarita, which will build the $4 million Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center using a federal grant, has attracted two companies to occupy the center beginning in 2019.

U.S. Department Of Defense brain study seeks to boost learning in soldiers / Arizona Science Desk
Arizona State University will host a brain study concentrating on physical and motor functions among experts as part of eight U.S. Department of Defense studies to help soldiers.

Economic growth on the rise / Flagstaff Business News (Op-ed)
Gail Jackson, Flagstaff’s business attraction manager, writes that Flagstaff’s existing workforce is 13 times more specialized in biomedical manufacturing than any other city in the United States.