Arizona Bioscience News: Solera Health raises $18M; NAU professor takes on false medical alarms; ASU studies spinout impact

July 13, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

This tech company got $18.3M to continue national, global expansion / Phoenix Business Journal

Solera Health Inc., a Phoenix-based company which provides integrated chronic disease prevention services, has raised $18.3 million in a second round of funding, bringing its total raise to $30.3 million since its inception in October 2015.

Can rat contraception be a weapon in war on lungworm? / Honolulu Civil Beat

Biologists with Flagstaff-based SenesTech, which sells a liquid rat contraceptive, were invited to Maui to see if its products could be effective in reducing rodent hosts of rat lungworm disease.

NAU professor looks to reduce false alarms for patients and doctors / Arizona Daily Sun

A Northern Arizona University professor has received a federal grant to create a computer algorithm that would analyze information from multiple sources of medical equipment in an attempt to reduce false hospital medical alarms.

PwC: Arizona startups raise almost $52 million last quarter / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona companies raised $51.77 million in 12 deals during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new report, down from a $55.68 million investment from five deals from the same quarter a year ago.

DxNA files for FDA clearance of MDx system, Valley Fever assay / GenomeWeb

Molecular diagnostics firm DxNA, whose GeneSTAT system was developed based on intellectual property licensed exclusively from the Translational Genomics Research Institute, has filed for Food and Drug Administration clearance of a test for Valley Fever.

Why we can’t afford to sell ourselves short on STEM / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Heidi Jannenga, co-founder and president of WebPT, writes that Arizona must prioritize STEM education if the state is to compete on a global scale by attracting tech companies or developing home-grown juggernauts.

Can Alzheimer’s be prevented? A family may hold the key / 60 Minutes

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix is involved with a major study of an extended family in Colombia, which carries a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s in their early 40s, with hopes it can lead to a way to prevent the disease.

Bioscience impact: ASU drawing big investments for research, potential spinouts of companies / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University has conducted its first economic impact study to show how its technology transfer arm and 21 ASU-linked companies it has enabled are contributing to the economy.

Sahuarita gets $3 million federal grant for tech center / Green Valley News

The town of Sahuarita received a $3 million federal grant for the Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, or SAMTE, to help retain existing tech companies and attract new ones to the southern Arizona community.

Here are the top bioscience firms in Phoenix / Phoenix Business Journal

A pair of health care providers with solid research and education credentials took the top two spots in the Phoenix Business Journal’s Bioscience Firms list.

Neurologist: Don’t shrug off summer headaches / Arizona Science Desk

Many Arizonans shrug off headaches as just another symptom of summer, but the director of headache neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute says we need to start taking headaches more seriously.