Arizona Bioscience News: Banner Health’s physical-therapy clinics; Phoenix Startup Week features bio day; Tech Launch Arizona’s impact

January 11, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

Are you ready for Phoenix Startup Week? Here’s what you need to know / Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix’s fourth annual Startup Week, which includes a day focused on medical technology and biotech, will be hosted in the downtown Phoenix Warehouse District in February.

Banner Health, Select Medical to join forces on physical-therapy centers, rehab hospitals / Arizona Republic

Banner Health has struck a deal with a Pennsylvania company to combine operations of 38 physical-therapy clinics and four hospitals in Arizona as part of its plan to expand medical services outside traditional hospital settings.

PwC: Arizona startups raise paltry $5.3 million this quarter / Phoenix Business Journal

Two bioscience companies were among the three Arizona startups named in a fourth quarter venture capital report, which also said the state raised $169.8 million in 2017 compared to $224.7 million the year before.

ASU professor to begin clinical trials of cancer vaccine for dogs / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University’s Stephen Albert Johnston will use a $6.4 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to conduct the largest ever interventional canine clinical trial, with at least 800 dogs, to determine if his vaccine can prevent cancer in dogs.

UA cites impact of tech startups as numbers climb / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona, which began operations in 2013, has fostered 55 startup companies based on technologies developed by faculty and licensed by the UA, creating 780 jobs and generating $32 million in revenue, according to an internal study.

Street Pitch competition seeking 10 promising tech startups to compete for $50,000 / Phoenix Business Journal

Tech-focused, Arizona-based startups are invited to apply for the second annual Street Pitch competition, where the winning startup will get a $50,000 investment.

Business Person of the Year 2017 finalist: Heidi Jannenga / Phoenix Business Journal

Heidi Jannenga, a sports physical therapist, is the president and co-founder of Phoenix-based WebPT, which provides an electronic medical records solution for physical therapists.