Arizona Bioscience News: AZ Innovation Challenge names semifinalists; Alzheimer’s study discovery; Cardon Children’s celebrates 10 years

November 7, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

30 semifinalists named for Fall 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge /

Phoenix Business Journal Bioscience companies are among the semifinalists named by the Arizona Commerce Authority for its fall competition that will award up to $1.5 million to early-stage companies. Read more: Nearly 2 dozen Valley startups make cut in Arizona Innovation Challenge

Why didn’t she get Alzheimer’s? The answer could hold a key to fighting the disease / New York Times

Dr. Eric Reiman of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix was a lead researcher on a team studying a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from Alzheimer’s even though her brain has developed major neurological features of the disease—suggesting treatments could be developed to provide protection. Read more: Colombian woman’s genes offer new clues to staving off Alzheimer’s

McSally holds hearing on impact of Alzheimer’s on Arizonans / KJZZ

Sen. Martha McSally and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, held a hearing in Scottsdale about the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease on Arizonans.

UA honored for growing ties to local tech businesses / Arizona Daily Star

While the University of Arizona has long been a major economic engine for the Tucson area, it’s poised to help drive the local tech startup community like never before.

Cardon Children’s is proud of its 10-year history / East Valley Tribune (Op-ed)

The Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center, a seven-story hospital in Mesa, is now a Level 1 trauma center and has seen more than 400,000 patient visits to its pediatric emergency room since it opened a decade ago.

Facing the flu: College students across Arizona get ready for a potential outbreak / KOLD

A simulated flu pandemic challenges about 600 students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University as they learn to tackle the logistical, social, psychological, and ethical issues that may arise during an infectious disease outbreak in Arizona.

Phoenix hosts annual convention for national Hispanic STEM community / AZ Big Media

More than 9,000 people attended the annual Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers national convention in Phoenix, which featured a conference for middle- and high-school students to participate in STEM activities and one for professionals within the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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