Arizona Bioscience News: Physician raises capital; Innovation Challenge semifinalists; Arizona Bioscience Week

October 7, 2021

By brianpowell

Watch ‘Celebrating Life & Science’ now to kick off bioscience week / AZ Big Media

“Celebrating Life & Science,” a special one-hour broadcast that debuted during Arizona Bioscience Week, featured Arizona’s health care and innovation leaders and companies honored with an annual Arizona Bioindustry Association award. Read more: Arizona Bioscience Week celebrates AZ scientists who are pioneering health innovations

Emergency room doctor raises $20M for Phoenix genetic sequencing firm / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Dr. John Shufeldt, an Arizona serial entrepreneur and emergency room physician, has started another venture—this time to raise money for promising local health startups.

Arizona Commerce Authority names 26 semifinalists for Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

The Arizona Commerce Authority named 26 semifinalists for the 2021 Arizona Innovation Challenge, a program designed to help early stage companies scale by connecting them to mentoring, resources and, for some, the possibility of earning non-dilutive cash awards in the future.

UArizona Inventor of the Year to female innovators: ‘The sky is the limit’ / AZ Big Media

The top inventors and entrepreneurs dedicated to commercializing University of Arizona inventions were honored at the eighth annual I-Squared Awards and Expo hosted by Tech Launch Arizona.

As Phoenix’s bioscience initiative grows, so do job opportunities for students / State Press

The Phoenix City Council recently voted to fund the Bioscience Healthcare Strategic Initiative for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, a plan set to help create new job opportunities for Arizona State University graduates in the bioscience and health care fields.

This $60M project will study why brains age differently / KJZZ

To close the gap between our mental lifespans and our physical lives, researchers in the Precision Aging Network—which will be led by the University of Arizona with a five-year, $60 million federal grant—will try to understand individual genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors underlying brain health.

Local researchers find promising method to slow cancer growth / KOLD

University of Arizona Cancer Center researchers recently found a promising method to battle cancer, slow its growth and overcome drug resistance that hopefully will lead to more effective therapies.

‘People are dying, and needlessly’: Arizona hospitals are struggling with high demand / Arizona Republic

Patient care in Arizona hospitals is suffering as providers grapple with a COVID-19 surge that’s different from previous pandemic waves the state has faced, leading to less one-on-one attention and delays in care. Read more: COVID-19 outbreak slows, but Arizona hospitals are busier than ever

10 people in Maricopa County have died from West Nile virus in September / KJZZ

The mosquito-borne West Nile virus is circulating in Maricopa County and is causing an unusually high number of deaths this year as the recent monsoon season has provided mosquitoes the ideal conditions to breed.

Profits were up at Arizona hospitals in 2020, new analysis shows / Arizona Republic

Arizona hospitals ended 2020 in solid financial health with an overall increase of net profits and operating margins, in part because of an infusion of federal COVID-19 relief money, a new state report says.

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