Arizona Bioscience News: ASU patents in top 10; New GT Medical leader; MCCCD connecting bio startups

February 29, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

ASU patent count among the world’s top 10 in 2023, inventors group says / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

A National Academy of Inventors’ 2023 list shows Arizona State University was granted 170 patents last year—a jump from 160 in 2022—marking the third time ASU has appeared in the top 10. The patents include a colon cancer treatment that uses a genetically modified bacteria and a test to identify disease-specific antibodies using a wearable device.

Tempe’s GT Medical Technologies names new CEO to replace outgoing leader / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

GT Medical Technologies Inc. has named technology veteran Per Langoe as its new CEO to replace Matt Likens, who has retired as founding CEO of the Tempe-based medical device company which treats patients with operable brain tumors. 

Planatome, a Phoenix-based surgical blade maker, plans to double size of workforce / KTAR

Phoenix-based Planatome, which makes advanced surgical blades designed to reduce trauma, said it aims to find a new manufacturing plant and double its workforce over the next five years while looking into ways its technology can be used in other medical devices.

Peoria expands medical assisting program for high schoolers / KJZZ

Three Peoria Unified School District high schools have a medical assisting program by partnering with several health care providers to give students who sign up real-world experience. Last week, it added a new one: HonorHealth.

My View: Arizona’s future prosperity depends on fostering homegrown talent / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, and Paul J. Luna, president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, write that Arizona set 2030 as a goalpost for increasing state post-secondary education attainment to 60% yet progress toward that goal among Arizona residents between ages 25-64 has leveled off. For Arizona’s economy to continue to thrive, that must change.

MCCCD connects bioscience startups with resources, industry with talent / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

The Maricopa County Community College District in this op-ed says the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation and CEI LabForce at Phoenix Bioscience Core play a pivotal role in the region’s bioscience industry and serve as catalysts for innovators and entrepreneurs.

Flinn Foundation names leadership of Arizona’s statewide bioscience committee/ Flinn Foundation

Heather Carter and Jennifer Barton, accomplished Arizona leaders in the biosciences, higher education, and public policy, have been named chair and vice chair of the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, the statewide leadership group responsible for overseeing Arizona’s long-term strategic plan.

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