Arizona Bioscience News: EndoVantage, Ventana receive FDA approval; Neuro Therapeutics raises $1.1M; EpiFinder reaches campaign goal

November 16, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

Chandler ‘maker’ space closed suddenly as TechShop declares bankruptcy, closes all locations / Phoenix Business Journal

Chandler TechShop, a 15,000-square-foot space for DIY makers within the ASU Chandler Innovation Center in downtown Chandler, closed its doors as San Jose-based TechShop Inc. shuts all 10 of its locations.

Science Foundation Arizona seeking applications from CCHSIs for Kickstarter Program / Philanthropy News Digest

Science Foundation Arizona is seeking applications from Community College Hispanic Serving Institutions (CCHSIs) for its KickStarter Program, a technical assistance program designed to prepare and position CCHSIs to compete successfully for federal funds focused on student recruitment and retention in STEM fields.

‘Marriage’ of ideas: Husband and wife team-up to combat opioid epidemic / Daily Wildcat

A group of researchers and inventors at the University of Arizona believe they have found a replacement for opioids—a non-addictive pain relief drug.

Ventana Medical Systems tool helps diagnose, treat rare cancer / Arizona Public Media

Oro Valley-based Roche Tissue Diagnostics, known locally as Ventana Medical Systems, has developed a tool that helps oncologists better diagnose and treat a rare form of lung cancer.

Innovation in education looks to cure doctor shortage / AZ Big Media

Arizona needs to add 520 physicians in order to lose its “shortage” designation, but Arizona does have a great pool to reel new doctors from — its growing medical schools which feature simulation centers to help produce better trained physicians.

FDA clears group of cancer tests developed by Roche in Oro Valley / Arizona Daily Star

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a group of tests for patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer developed by Roche Group member Ventana Medical Systems in Oro Valley—the first FDA clearance of its kind.

ASU startup gets FDA clearance for medical simulation technology / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based EndoVantage LLC has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its SurgicalPreview, a preoperative planning system for the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms.

Scottsdale med-tech startup launches Kickstarter campaign for epilepsy patient app / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based med-tech startup EpiFinder Inc. reached its initial $10,000 goal from its Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its seizure and epilepsy patient portal app.

Fred DuVal: It took community support, vision to launch the UA College of Medicine / Arizona Daily Star (Op-ed)

In the beginning, every single person involved in the vision and creation of this medical school believed it was destined to become among the best in the United States. This week, 50 years hence, we can celebrate a mission accomplished.

Expert panel affirms safety of Flagstaff’s reclaimed wastewater / Arizona Daily Sun

TGen North and University of Arizona were among a panel of experts tasked with evaluating Flagstaff’s use of reclaimed wastewater at places like golf courses, city parks and the slopes of Arizona Snowbowl.

Mesa health-tech startup raises another $1.1 million / Phoenix Business Journal

Mesa-based health technology startup Neuro Therapeutics Inc. has raised $1.1 million to market and sell its neuro feedback product, which helps people improve and train their brain functions for better sleep and better focus in stressful situations.

NACET encouraging tomorrow’s entrepreneurs to shoot for the stars / Flagstaff Business News

The Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in Flagstaff is launching a new initiative, “Moonshot,” to recruit next-generation entrepreneurs pursuing imaginative, ambitious and even radical new commercial ideas.