Arizona Bioscience News: Neolight raises $2.5M from NFL quarterback; AZBio unveils Bioscience Week events; TGen discovers gene link to rare disorder

August 29, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

Phoenix med-tech startup raises $2.5M from a Super Bowl champion / Phoenix Business Journal

NeoLight, a Phoenix-based company with an FDA-approved SkyLife device to treat jaundice in infants, has received a $2.5 million investment from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley. Read more: Newborn care startup NeoLight scores $2.5 million from NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger  

AZBio finalizes lineup for Arizona Bioscience Week / AZ Big Media

The schedule has been set for the fourth annual Arizona Bioscience Week— Sept. 30 through Oct. 4—featuring the annual AZBio Awards, scientific and investor conferences, networking events, and more.

Phoenix research center discovers gene linked to rare disorder / KTAR

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders have identified a gene link to a rare condition that leads to physical and intellectual disabilities, giving hope for greater treatment options.

University of Arizona rodent study identifies possible tinnitus treatment target / KJZZ

New research led by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson could lead to a treatment for tinnitus, a symptom of other disorders such as age-related hearing loss or ear damage that can arise from problems in the brain’s auditory system.

More Arizona parents saying no to football because of concussion concerns / Arizona Republic

The 2019 Barrow Neurological Institute Concussion Awareness Survey shows the percentage of Arizona parents allowing their children to compete in football, basketball and soccer dropped from 82% two years ago to 65% as concerns over head injuries continue.

UA to provide new scholarships for STEM transfers from Pima Community College / KJZZ

A $4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide scholarships to nearly 100 students to transfer from Pima Community College to the University of Arizona to pursue STEM fields.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 4-5: The Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference, Vail, Colo.

Sept. 17: Arizona STEM and Innovation Summit, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale

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