Arizona Bioscience News: Bio firm raises $109M; UA submits fixes to accreditors; Med-school applications increase

December 17, 2015

By brianpowell

About the RoadmapNew Alzheimer’s genetic registry may help recruit study volunteers / NeurologyNow

The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix has launched a genetic-testing initiative to create a large nationwide database of volunteers who have been tested for specific genes associated with Alzheimer’s risk.

Tucson diagnostics firm raises $109M / Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-based Accelerate Diagnostics Inc., which is commercializing a blood-test system to rapidly identify bacterial and fungal infections, says it has raised $109 million with a secondary public offering of stock.

Tech-focused Phoenix high school aims to prepare students for entry-level jobs / Arizona Republic

Phoenix Coding Academy, which will teach students industry-specific skills such as computer languages, information security, Web and software development, will open in August 2016 to meet the needs of an emerging tech industry in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Immunotherapy: A new cancer treatment available / Arizona Republic

Immunotherapy is part of a revolutionary approach to fighting cancer by stimulating the body’s own immune system to recognize and eliminate cancer cells.

UA med school applications outpace other institutions / Tucson News Now

The 6,457 applications that were submitted to the University of Arizona College of Medicine for the Class of 2020—for the 115 slots available—is an almost 14 percent increase over the number of applications the college received for the Class of 2019.

UA pursues medical-school fixes for accreditors / Arizona Republic

The University of Arizona’s medical school in Phoenix has sent a lengthy document of proposed and completed fixes to an accrediting body that had warned changes were required to keep and advance the school’s accreditation.

HonorHealth bringing 57 jobs to new north Peoria medical building /

HonorHealth will be the sole occupant of a new Peoria medical building where it will provide primary and immediate care, including specialty physicians, laboratory and radiology, and emergency medical services.