Arizona Bioscience News: FDA approves TGen North’s Valley Fever test; A $1 billion bonding plan for universities; Aesthetics startup’s revenue funds trials

December 7, 2017

By brianpowell

FDA approves new Valley Fever test developed by Flagstaff researchers / Arizona Daily Sun

A test developed by Flagstaff researchers with TGen North to detect Valley Fever— which picks out the DNA fingerprints of the microscopic fungus Coccidioides, which causes the Valley Fever infection—has been given approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

How Gov. Ducey’s $1 billion bonding bill will be spent / AZ Big Media

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey aims to build on past bioscience investment success after signing a landmark $1 billion plan in May to accommodate the growing long-term needs of Arizona’s higher education system.

Banner continues health center expansion with $10M Desert Ridge facility / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health has plans to open a $10 million, 30,000-square-foot health clinic across from Desert Ridge Corporate Center in north Phoenix next month—its second location in the fast-growing region.

UA doctor’s drug could buy time between rattlesnake bite and anti-venom treatment / Cronkite News

A University of Arizona researcher is investigating the potential of injecting a combination of carbon monoxide and iron in a rattlesnake bite area to slow the spread of venom.

Entrepreneur: How this biotech guru is generating revenue with aesthetics startup / Phoenix Business Journal

Aesthetic Biomedical Inc., which has exclusive rights in North America to sell a South Korean machine called the Vivace Experience that uses radio frequency and micro needles on the skin to stimulate collagen growth, generated more than $3.5 million in revenue this year which is helping fund clinical trials.

Chandler TechShop may reopen as the company announces a new owner / Phoenix Business Journal

Chandler’s popular DIY maker space, which first opened in November 2013 through a partnership with Arizona State University, may be reopening after the San Jose-based chain announced the next iteration of TechShop is in the works.

Idea scribbled onto notepad evolves into multibillion-dollar Oro Valley company / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona pathologist Dr. Thomas Grogan set out to radically change the practice of medicine and improve care with an automated system to rapidly test biopsy tissue for cancer, and while doing so created a multibillion-dollar company that has become the poster company for UA technology transfer.

With revenues still small, Flagstaff’s SenesTech looks to sales growth in 2018 / Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff-based SenesTech, which produces a formula that decreases fertility in rats, faces a lopsided balance sheet which the company says will be changing because of two new distribution contracts and a handful of pilot programs and initial sales that are expected to switch to longer-term deals.

ASU adds diversity to Mayo Clinic-led research / AZ Big Media

Arizona State University has joined a national initiative— the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network—that brings patients, researchers, health systems and clinicians together to help people make informed health care decisions and improve health care delivery and outcomes.

Soy may help prevent breast cancer / Daily Wildcat

Researchers from the University of Arizona Cancer Center are exploring the possibility that soy intake may help in the expression of the BRCA1 gene, which plays a role in breast cancer.

ASU Prep students present STEM projects at Arizona Science Center / Downtown Devil

Students from Arizona State University Preparatory Academy, ranging from Kindergarten through fifth grade, presented their STEM Projects and explored the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix at the fourth annual STEM Expo.