Arizona Bioscience News: Chandler teacher honored by Time magazine; UArizona biomarker discovery; Phoenix startup ecosystem ranks high

June 17, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

Science teacher Rachna Nath helps students pitch their inventions to potential investors / Time

Rachna Nath, a science teacher at Arizona College Prep High School in Chandler, was named one of 10 innovative teachers for 2022 by Time for her work with students after school to invent solutions to real-world problems. Read more: Chandler science instructor makes grade as one of Time’s innovative teachers

Phoenix is now a top emerging global startup market, report finds / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Phoenix is the world’s 20th-ranked emerging startup ecosystem—the seventh-highest North American ranking—according to an annual global report by Startup Genome.

Gene could be biomarker for some who could develop stomach cancer / KJZZ

Researchers at the University of Arizona have identified a genetic variation that could help signal when patients with a specific bacterial infection could develop stomach cancer.

Alzheimer’s drug with high hopes fails to slow or halt disease with early treatment / USA Today

The Alzheimer’s drug crenezumab did not slow or prevent cognitive decline in a long-running study of Colombian families who carried a genetic mutation that put them at near certain risk to develop the disease.

Arizona COVID-19 cases are rising, but free tests are harder to find. Here are some options / Arizona Republic

As Arizona encounters another wave of COVID-19 infections, a federal funding lapse means free tests are harder to find than during previous surges and testing sites are closing. Read more: Arizona reports another week of increasing COVID-19 cases

Report: Tech Launch Arizona brings $1.6 billion in economic output in five years / KGUN

A recent Tech Launch Arizona report shows that between 2016 to 2021, the University of Arizona’s commercialization arm produced more than $1.6 billion in economic output including labor income and tax revenues.

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers to begin work on new Goodyear facility / KTAR

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has announced plans for a new 28,634-square-foot health care facility in Goodyear that will offer radiation and medical oncology, CT and PET diagnostic imaging, radiation and the latest chemo and immunotherapy treatments, as well as women’s oncology services.

National tour bringing science, entrepreneurship skills program to Phoenix kids / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

STEAM & Dream, a program created by the Milky Way Tech Hub that prepares BIPOC students for careers in STEM fields, recently launched a national four-city tour that includes Phoenix.

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