Arizona Bioscience News: New UA health construction; Commerce Authority assists startups; UA awards tech grants

May 26, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

UA logoValley bioscience investor Patrick Soon-Shiong heads to media with Tribune investment / Phoenix Business Journal

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire investor who has put millions into the Phoenix bioscience scene, is the newest investor into Tribune Publishing, parent company of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Reverse pitch: Why Phoenix-area health care companies are seeking tech companies and entrepreneurs / Phoenix Business Journal

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council is hosting the first Greater Phoenix Health Care Reverse Pitch, where representatives from Dignity Health, Adelante Healthcare, and Banner Health will present their needs to companies capable of coming up with hardware and software solutions.

UA College of Medicine develops organ-on-a-chip tech / AZ Big Media

In partnership with the University of Luxembourg, scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix have developed a new instrument for studying a biological model of the human gastrointestinal tract that mimics the actual conditions and processes that occur within the intestine.

What’s going up? Towers around the University of Arizona / Arizona Daily Star

Construction has started on a $163 million Health Sciences Innovation Building at the University of Arizona, while the building of a new nine-story tower at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is set to begin as part of a $500 million project to overhaul the hospital.

How does Arizona grow its knowledge economy? / AZ Big Media

The C-words that drive Arizona’s economy today are computers, chips, cancer research, the Cloud, cutting-edge technology–and it’s a proven fact that a knowledge-based economy is good business for Arizona.

UA awards $1.1 million to boost promising tech / Arizona Daily Star

Tech Launch Arizona, the UA’s technology-commercialization arm, has awarded about $1.1 million in grants this fiscal year to support 28 faculty inventions as part of its Asset Development Program, including bioscience inventions.

UA receives grant for Zika virus research / Tucson News Now

The National Science Foundation has awarded UA with a $200,000 Rapid Response grant that aims to help predict Zika virus outbreaks.

Spurring the startups: Arizona Commerce Authority keeps growing entrepreneurs through Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s Innovation Challenge, which began in 2012, is still one of the largest startup funding programs, and after 10 rounds of winners, the 60 winning companies have created more than 230 jobs and raised more than $100 million in capital in the state. Read also: Judges dish on what it takes to win the Arizona Innovation Challenge