Arizona Bioscience News: IDEA Tempe lands anchor tenant; NAU receives STEM building approval; Arizona SciTech Festival holds 2019 kickoff conference

October 4, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

WebPT unveils renovated and expanded headquarters in downtown Phoenix / Phoenix Business Journal

WebPT, the Phoenix-based rehab therapy software-as-a-service company, spent millions of dollars and more than a year renovating and expanding its 30,000-square-foot downtown Phoenix Warehouse District headquarters.

Valley firms’ philanthropic efforts boost STEM education / AZ Big Media

Companies are funding philanthropic efforts in science, technology, engineering and math initiatives to boost K-12 education in Arizona and ensure an able workforce, as a report projects a 21 percent increase in STEM jobs in the state by 2021.

ASU researchers develop blood test that can help predict cancer prognosis / State Press

Arizona State University researchers are developing new methods to detect hypoxia in pancreatic cancer patients with a blood test that they hope will lead to more personalized treatment methods for patients.

Global medical company set to build office tower on Tempe biotech campus / Phoenix Business Journal

Becton, Dickinson and Co., a global medical technology company, will break ground on a 120,000-square-foot building that will serve as its southwest headquarters and be the first anchor tenant on the 18-acre IDEA Tempe biotechnology campus just west of Tempe Center for the Arts.

ABOR approves NAU parcel purchase, capital improvement plan / Arizona Daily Sun

Northern Arizona University has received approval to build a $139 million, 162,500-square-foot STEM academic and research building starting in 2020 that will be dedicated to multiple disciplines within the science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

SciTech Fest kicks off eighth year with conference, summit / Phoenix Business Journal

The eighth annual Arizona SciTech Festival kickoff conference featuring business, industry, academia, and government leaders was held at the Mesa Arts Center, a prelude to the 2019 Arizona SciTech Festival planned for February and March.

Could the cure to Alzheimer’s disease be near? / KJZZ

A survey released by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute found that a majority of adults worry they’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease, but most of the people surveyed also believe a cure for the disease will be developed in their lifetime.