Arizona Bioscience News: Schott AG opens Phoenix hub; Arizona ranks high for female entrepreneurs; New COVID variant

January 12, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Global firm opens $10M manufacturing facility in Phoenix as new U.S. hub / Phoenix Business Journal

German company Schott AG is making Phoenix the base for its U.S. diagnostics division with a 40,000-square-foot facility that will manufacture rapid diagnostic devices and become the company’s first location to specialize in bioscience capabilities using high-density microarrays for diagnostic and life science research.  

Arizona among best states for women startup founders, report finds Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)
Women looking to launch a startup—and get the funding they need for it—might find Arizona one of the best places to do so. A new report ranks Arizona No. 4 in the nation for female entrepreneurs, which was a five-point jump from its spot on the list last year.

Will COVID-19 XBB.1.5 variant gain dominance in Arizona? / KJZZ

An extremely contagious COVID-19 omicron sub-variant known as XBB.1.5 has been turning up in Arizona, according to TGen North which reports it started seeing XBB.1.5 cases in the state in December.

Report: Venture capital deals in Q4 slow in Arizona, following nationwide trend / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Venture capital activity nationwide and in Arizona slowed in the fourth quarter of 2022 as investors took a cautious approach to startup funding amid economic headwinds.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute doctor is hopeful for new drug Leqembi / KJZZ

Arizona has the fastest growing rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the country, so it was a sigh of relief for providers and those who work in the Alzheimer’s space when the FDA approved the drug Leqembi that’s been shown to slow the early stages of the brain-robbing disease.

Mohave Community College chosen for Arizona State STEM program / The Miner

Mohave Community College has been selected to participate in the Arizona State University STEM Kickstarter 2.0 program and be part of a cohort program with the National Science Foundation to better serve Hispanic students in STEM.

Upcoming Events / 

January 17: AZBioPEERS: Regulatory Science Series Part 1
January 18: Applicant Q&A Session for Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program
January 19: Connect Labs by Wexford Opening Celebration
January 19: AZBio 2023 Kickoff Reception at Medtronic