Arizona Bioscience News: Bio startups; Veterinary telemedicine; $60M HonorHealth project

May 18, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Meet the Arizona startup finalists for 2023 AZ Inno Fire Awards / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno) 

The 2023 Fire Awards will honor startups and founders in four award categories including Biotech/Health Care. The five firms in the biotech category are Aesthetics Biomedical Inc. of Phoenix, Delta Development Team of Tucson, EvolvedMD of Scottsdale, Tempe’s GT Medical Technologies Inc., and Reference Medicine of Phoenix. 

Gout drug might reduce risks of 3 prevalent neurodegenerative diseases / KJZZ 

Dr. Brad Racette, chair of neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute, co-authored a report that suggests allopurinol, a medication used to prevent gout flares, could lower people’s risks of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

Study sheds light on how Valley Fever spreads / 12 News 

David Engelthaler of the Translational Genomics Research Institute is among a group of researchers that studied how Valley fever, which is known to affect the Southwest, ended up in south central Washington state. 

Arizona veterinary telemedicine bill signed into law amid staff shortages / Phoenix Business Journal 

The Arizona veterinary telemedicine bill, signed into law as Arizona faces a shortage of veterinarians, will allow veterinarians licensed in Arizona to use technology to deliver virtual care to pets in a timely manner. 

HonorHealth breaks ground on $60M project in Scottsdale / Phoenix Business Journal 

HonorHealth has broken ground on a $60 million project on its campus in north Scottsdale for a new Cardiovascular Center of Excellence opening in 2025 that will be equipped with technology to care for a variety of heart and vascular conditions. Read more: Ground breaks on HonorHealth cardiovascular center in Scottsdale 

Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale opens for business / AZ Big Media 

Banner Health has opened the Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale, a $54 million, three-story, 80,000 square-foot facility for sports-centered clinical services and performance-boosting programs. Read more: Phoenix medical office construction sees strong demand, rising rents in 2023

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