Arizona Bioscience News: Pima County to fund Oro Valley incubator; ASU, Mayo Clinic break ground on Health Futures Center; NAU receives $1.5M for Science Annex renovation

June 6, 2019

By Matt Ellsworth

Planned Oro Valley biotech incubator secures additional funding / Arizona Daily Star 
Oro Valley Innovation Labs, a planned biotech incubator for businesses to conduct research and product development with a focus on medical diagnostics, has secured $60,000 from Pima County for development. 

Public, private development ramping up around Desert Ridge / Phoenix Business Journal 
Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic broke ground on the new Health Futures Center, an $80 million, 150,000-square-foot building to be developed near Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus, while Mayo Clinic has begun its $648 million expansion at the hospital campus just south of Loop 101. 

Valley brain tumor center finding success with trial drug / Fox 10 
The Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix is conducting research on some of the most aggressive forms of brain tumors and having success. 

Del E. Webb Foundation donates $1.5 million to NAU Science Annex project / Arizona Daily Sun 

The renovation of the Northern Arizona University Science Annex, scheduled for completion in 2022, aims to create up-to-date spaces for research and STEM academic programs and bring two unused floors into compliance. 

Phoenix-based tech startup pioneers health care network / Chamber Business News 
Solera Health, which has developed a health care network that connects physicians, patients, and insurance companies with non-medical wellness organizations, raised $42 million in its most recent series C funding round, bringing its total funding to $72 million.  

Whole-body donors in Tucson say they want to help future generations / Arizona Daily Star 
The University of Arizona’s Willed Body Program and the Southwest Institute for Bio-Advancement are the two whole-body donors in Tucson that use the donated bodies for medical education and research. 

High schoolers across AZ start UA Health Sciences summer program / KVOA 
Fifty high-school students from across the state who are interested in health care careers have started the Med-Start summer program at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. 

New Alzheimer’s drug trial starting at Barrow Neurological Institute / 

Barrow Neurological Institute is opening a clinical trial of a drug to normalize high levels of glutamate in the brain, which researchers believe may protect against or slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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