Arizona Bioscience News: Greater Phoenix bio grant; New StartupAZ leader; UArizona stem cell research

January 18, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

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How Greater Phoenix is nurturing a blossoming biomedical ecosystem / AZ Big Media

A federal $500,000 Tech Hubs planning grant, along with an additional $200,000 of in-kind contributions from the market, is intended to crystalize greater Phoenix’s strategy around medical devices, neuro diagnostics and precision medicine over the next 18 months.

Diana Vowels steps down as CEO of StartupAZ; new leadership named / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Diana Vowels has stepped down as CEO of StartupAZ after nearly two years at the helm of the nonprofit organization to be COO of Pet Ortho Braces. She will be replaced by Brandon Clarke, who co-founded StartupAZ in 2015 to foster Arizona’s innovation ecosystem and empower companies to grow.

Genetically modified stem cells evade immune rejection / Drug Discovery World

Researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences say they are one step closer to understanding immunological rejection, a barrier to regenerative medicine, after genetically modifying pluripotent stem cells to evade immune recognition. The findings offer a viable path forward for pluripotent stem cell-based therapies to restore tissues that are lost in diseases such as Type 1 diabetes or macular degeneration.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute offers virtual provider training, mentoring program / Queen Creek Sun Times

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is offering a virtual training and mentoring program for Arizona physicians and other primary care professionals to help them effectively treat patients with cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

My View: How the Legislature can support Arizona’s economic balancing act / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes about the council’s recommendations for the Arizona Legislature highlighted in its 2024 Public Policy Guide—suggestions stemmed from keeping in mind that actions which ultimately stimulate the economy can help us all in the long run.

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January 18: 2024 AZBio Kick Off Reception

January 26: reimagine Health Research Symposium