Arizona Bioscience News: ASU startup secures $25M; 7 biotech firms are Innovation Challenge finalists; Banner MD Anderson opens Phoenix location

June 13, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

ASU startup led by ‘star recruit’ secures $25M to use viruses to treat cancer / Phoenix Business Journal 

OncoMyx Therapeutics Inc., a startup launched at Arizona State University which is developing an oncolytic virus therapeutic program to treat various cancers, has received $25 million in Series A financing. 

15 finalists chosen for the Spring 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal 
Seven biotech startups are among the 15 finalists chosen to advance to the final round of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Spring 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge, where the early-stage companies can win up to $150,000 each. 

Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options / Arizona Republic 

Approximately 4,000 people—about 7 percent of the people who die in Arizona each year—are whole body donors, and in addition to body donation businesses, Arizona has two medical school programs that accept donated bodies. Read more: Despite 2-year-old state law, Arizona’s body donation industry still unregulated 

Filmmakers tour U.S. collecting Alzheimer’s stories to help find a cure / Fox 10 

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and two Hollywood filmmakers are visiting cities across the country, including Phoenix, in the “My Alzheimer’s Road Trip” project. 

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center to open new location in Phoenix / KTAR
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is opening a new location this week on the campus of Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix–an extension of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert that opened in 2011. 

2019 sees highest number of Indigenous medical school grads at UA / Arizona Public Media

The spring 2019 graduating cohort of medical students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson had eight members of American Indian tribes—the highest number of Native American students in the college’s history.

UA Tech Park welcomes research parks association / Tucson Local Media 

The Association of University Research Parks, a network of technical and research parks dedicated to research and business and linked to universities around the world, has settled into its new headquarters at the University of Arizona’s Tech Park.    

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