Arizona Bioscience News: Six startups selected for Flinn Foundation entrepreneurship program; ASU technology uses DNA robots to fight cancer; UA receives $3.6M grant for asthma study

March 1, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

ASU spinning out technology that programs DNA robots to fight cancer / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute is spinning out a company, which has yet to be named, that makes a nanorobot using DNA to kill cancerous tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

Arizona’s state universities receive funding for education, research projects / Phoenix Business Journal

The University of Arizona has received $3.6 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that establishes an international consortium of asthma researchers in the study of the protein CC16, a biomarker of injury to epithelial cells that line the lungs and are believed to be a protective mediator in the airway inflammatory process.

Grant to enhance UA sleep research for student-athletes / KJZZ

The Sleep Health Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine is using the ProjectREST program, or Recovery Enhancement and Sleep Training, that goes beyond traditional sleep tracking to improve sleep time.

See who won $75,000 in second Street Pitch competition / Phoenix Business Journal

The 10 competing startups in the second Street Pitch competition in downtown Phoenix included online crowd vote winner Life365 Inc., a digital health software platform that integrates and identifies connected health solutions for health systems to gather data from large patient populations at home.

6 Arizona firms selected for Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program / AZ Business Magazine

Six Arizona bioscience startup firms have been competitively selected by the Flinn Foundation to participate in its 2018 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program, receiving $30,000 each in funding support and program services administered through a nonprofit partner.

bioSyntagma awarded nearly $1M NSF grant / AZ Business Magazine

bioSyntagma, LLC, a Scottsdale-based precision-medicine company, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $735,139 to continue development of technology that can isolate rare cancer cells from patient biopsies.

Cottonwood Library hosts STEAMology event / The Verde Independent

The Verde Valley SciTech Festival’s STEAM Across the Valley 2018 festival, which collaborates with the Arizona SciTech Festival, gave kids an opportunity to participate in science-based activities and projects.