Arizona Bioscience News: Phoenix Children’s Hospital database aims to prevent seizures; Phoenix to fund UA accelerator; Tucson students raise awareness for valley fever

February 22, 2018

By brianpowell

Banner Health appoints key leadership position as Kathy Bollinger retires / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health has named Larry M. Goldberg as president of Banner—University Medicine, overseeing Banner’s three academic medical centers in Tucson and Phoenix as well as Banner—University Medical Group, replacing Kathy Bollinger who is retiring in May.

Phoenix City Council approves funding for University of Arizona technology medical and life science accelerator / Phoenix Business Journal

The city of Phoenix will provide $35,000 in seed funding for a technology medical and life science accelerator—potentially to be named InnoVention—at the University of Arizona on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

UA’s College of Pharmacy building to undergo $26M renovation / KGUN

A $26 million project to renovate the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy building and improve drug research capabilities will add 21,000 square feet of new space and new labs specifically designed for chemistry, while renovating 12,000 square feet of existing space.

UA doctor creates medication database to help prevent seizures in epileptic patients / KJZZ

A clinical informatics fellow at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has helped create a database for doctors at Phoenix Children’s Hospital that includes medications that may harm epileptic patients. Read also: Phoenix hospital database aims to prevent seizures in kids with epilepsy

Chase kicks off 4th annual Phoenix Startup Week with $1.1 million in grants to help underserved entrepreneurs / Phoenix Business Journal

JPMorgan Chase & Co. started its fourth year as title sponsor for Phoenix Startup Week by giving out $1.1 million in grants to Arizona’s underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Pueblo High students find a formula to raise valley fever awareness / Arizona Daily Star

Pueblo High School teens studying biotech were having difficulty getting their peers in art class to care about valley fever — until they mentioned that dogs get the disease—and have since created a visual-awareness campaign.

Looking for genetic variation in all the rice places: Researchers complete the sequencing of thirteen rice genome / Daily Wildcat

University of Arizona researchers completed the genome sequencing of 13 varieties of rice in an effort to cultivate new varieties to feed a changing world.

Sonora Quest CEO David Dexter innovating for growth / Phoenix Business Journal

David Dexter, president and CEO of Tempe-based Sonora Quest, talks about the future of the company that launched My Lab Request, a patient self-ordered laboratory testing platform.

STEM Day brings hundreds to Reid Park Zoo / KVOA

Science, technology, engineering and math day in Tucson featured University of Arizona graduate students urging kids to open their eyes to STEM through hands-on experiments and projects.

The Gatorade Effect: Arizona universities investing millions to land the next great innovation, spinout / Phoenix Business Journal

Licensing technologies and commercializing products and services can be a big moneymaker for universities and while none of the three state universities have yet to make $1 billion on a licensing deal, they are on track to save lives and make the world a better place to live.

ABOR President Eileen Klein discusses licenses and spinouts of Arizona’s three state universities / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein talks about higher education in Arizona, including spinout companies and licenses, at a time when the universities are trying to generate alternate sources of revenue.

WebPT acquires its largest company yet / Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix-based rehab therapy software company WebPT has acquired California-based BMS Practice Solutions—its fourth and largest business acquisition which raises its number of employees from about 300 to 500 in eight offices.