Arizona Bioscience News: SenesTech receives EPA approval; ASU, Mayo to tackle seizures; UA secures asthma grant

August 18, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

mayo-clinic-logoFlagstaff company’s rat contraceptive gets EPA approval / Arizona Daily Sun

Flagstaff-based SenesTech has received Environmental Protection Agency approval for its formula which acts as a highly effective contraceptive for rats, clearing the way for the company to make its product commercially available to customers, ranging from municipalities to subway systems to restaurants.

SynCardia Systems to emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization with new owner / Phoenix Business Journal

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems Inc., maker of the total artificial heart, is on track to emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization under new ownership and continue operations from Tucson.

ASU and Mayo Clinic aim to improve surgeries for those with epilepsy / KTAR

Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic are teaming up to help those who suffer from seizures by creating a high-resolution image of the brain which may make it easier for surgeons to identify and remove epileptic tissue.

University of Arizona posts strong year for inventions and patents / Arizona Daily Star

Tech Launch Arizona, the University of Arizona’s tech-commercialization arm, reported improvement across almost all measures in fiscal year 2016, including a nearly 40 percent increase in patents filed and double-digit increases in disclosures and licensing.

University of Arizona gets funds for asthma research / Arizona Daily Star

A renowned scientist at the University of Arizona has been awarded a $7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to boost research related to asthma with the hope of reducing lung inflammation and asthma attacks.

Accreditor: University of Arizona’s new veterinary school not ready for students / Arizona Science Desk

The University of Arizona’s proposed veterinary school has hit a stumbling block with its accreditor, which says the school is not ready to enroll students this fall.

Flagstaff student graduates from Helios Scholars at TGen / Arizona Daily Sun

A Northern Arizona University student was one of 45 graduates from the 2016 Helios Scholars summer internship program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix where the interns pursue new discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease, infectious diseases, and many types of cancer.

Phoenix is the next hot startup scene / Tech Guru Daily

The Phoenix startup scene has been blossoming over the past several years with an increase in incubators and accelerators as well as relatively low office rents and coworking spaces.