Arizona Bioscience News: NuvOX Pharma wins Venture Madness; UA bioscience building reaches milestone; Flagstaff holds STEM celebration

March 10, 2016

By brianpowell

Vm_header_imgBetting on cancer: Phoenix aims to become oncology destination as more cities look to biotech for growth / International Business Times

A transformation has taken place in the Phoenix area over the past decade as oncology centers and research institutions have merged, expanded and reconfigured their operations as part of a conscious effort by the city to carve out a niche for itself in cancer care.

Why Phoenix mayor is leading a health care delegation to Houston / Phoenix Business Journal

Top Phoenix-area leaders are traveling to Houston later this month to learn from the Texas city’s world-class medical center and discuss collaborative relationships.

Tucson drug startup wins business-pitch contest / Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-based biotech drug startup NuvOx Pharma, which is commercializing an oxygen-delivery therapy to treat cancer and other diseases, won $110,000 in funding from the third annual Venture Madness sports-bracket-style business-pitch competition. Read Also: This Tucson startup won latest Venture Madness

Banner looking forward with new Tucson hospital, clinic / Arizona Daily Star

Banner Health, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in the Tucson market, is moving forward by investing $500 million into a new hospital and clinic in Tucson.

Executives at this Scottsdale biotech company are converting a $1.4M loan into equity / Phoenix Business Journal

Lattice Biologics executives are converting their $1.4 million loans to equity in the Scottsdale-based company, which uses precision medicine in the field of cellular therapies and tissue engineering with a focus on bone, skin, and cartilage regeneration.

University of Arizona finishing $136 million biosciences building in downtown Phoenix / Arizona Republic

The University of Arizona reached a construction milestone when a crane placed the final beam on the 10-story, $136 million Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, a research facility on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus that is scheduled to open early next year.

3rd community STEM event honors students, teachers / Arizona Daily Sun

The third annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration featured about 65 interactive exhibits and attracted more than 4,000 adults, students, and children to Northern Arizona University’s Skydome.

Biotech high school students get hands-on experience / Arizona Daily Star

Students from Pueblo, Tucson and Sunnyside high schools, who are enrolled in a two-year biosciences program that teaches them about modern molecular biology, DNA sciences, and other topics, visited the labs of the Pima Community College Northwest Campus as part of a tour that included hands-on activities.

Amphitheater is building a new STEM elementary school / Arizona Daily Star

The Amphitheater School District will open a new Oro Valley elementary school in 2017 serving about 500 students that will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

Arizona company to hire, further expand Phoenix operations with recent FDA device approval / Phoenix Business Journal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.’s medical device to treat certain aneurysms as other treatments in the past would cause sexual dysfunction.