Arizona Bioscience News: Telemedicine startup receives $2M; Women take on STEM gender gap; Oro Valley teen wins for Parkinson’s research

June 1, 2017

By brianpowell

Mesa telehealth software startup receives another $2 million to close out $4 million seed round / Phoenix Business Journal

Mesa-based telehealth software startup eVisit Inc.—an app which enables health-care providers to connect and treat their patients anytime, anywhere, via secure, high-definition video conferencing—has closed on $2 million to close out its $4 million seed round.

Shortage of Native American physicians creates concerns, elicits calls for action / Cronkite News

Experts say the shortage of Native American doctors in Arizona—in which there are more than 350,000 Native Americans—is concerning because it impacts the effectiveness of health care delivery overall, as well as the research into health disparities.

Does Arizona really grow plants for rubber production? / Arizona Republic
Guayule—a woody shrub that thrives in the desert Southwest—is grown in Eloy and sent to Bridgestone’s processing facility in Mesa for separation and testing and then on to other facilities to produce tires for factory and road testing.

Chandler company starting accelerator program to help promising startups reach success / Phoenix Business Journal

Chandler-based Altima Business Solutions is seeking startups, which have already proven their concept and have traction, for a new accelerator program called Arizona Prosperity Initiative, or API10X.

Oro Valley teen wins big for his research on Parkinson’s disease / Arizona Daily Star

Southern Arizona had winners in an international science competition, including a young man from Oro Valley whose potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease won him three top awards, a scholarship to the University of Arizona, and a trip to the Nobel Prize ceremony.

6 Arizona young women are taking on the STEM gender gap / Arizona Republic

Women make up half of the nation’s college-educated workforce but only 29 percent of the science-and-engineering workforce, according to 2016 data, but the gender gap might continue to close as young Arizona women enter STEM fields through school or extracurricular programs.

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix graduation May 2017 / Arizona Republic

This photo slideshow highlights the downtown Phoenix commencement of the 81 University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix graduates.