Arizona Bioscience News: TGen’s Daniel Von Hoff’s cure quest; AZBio seeks life science endowment; UA president’s interview

January 4, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

See the 27 startups competing in 2018 Venture Madness competition / Phoenix Business Journal

Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced the 27 companies scheduled to compete at the fifth annual Venture Madness startup competition, where four of the most promising technology startups in the southwest will share a $50,000 cash prize.

Scientists are genetically engineering immune systems to attack and destroy HIV / Quartz

Calimmune, a Tucson-based HIV gene medicines laboratory, is talking to researchers about advancing a project to test a new HIV treatment technique.

Arizona Technology Council announces 2018 legislative priorities / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Technology Council’s legislative priorities for 2018 focus on education, job training programs, and small business growth.

UA, Barrow researchers explain ALS key protein breakdown / KJZZ

No cure exists for Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal neuromuscular illness affecting tens of thousands of Americans, but scientists may have found how a key protein helps drive its degenerative progress.

Von Hoff’s quest is for a cure in pancreatic cancer / OncLive

Translational Genomics Research Institute Physician-in-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff has been instrumental in the development of three clinical regimens for drugs that have improved survival for patients with advanced pancreatic cancers, and is focused on developing more targeted therapies.

President Robert C. Robbins: Collaboration, tech keys to UA’s future / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona President Robert Robbins, who is six months into his presidency and has spent much of his time visiting faculty, staff and students and developing a strategic plan, answers questions from the Arizona Daily Star.

Teams being formed to raise $200M endowment for life sciences / Phoenix Business Journal

Joan Koeber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association, is forming teams to raise a $200 million endowment that will support the growth of Arizona’s emerging life-science sector.

University of Arizona professor/engineer focuses on architecture’s impact on humans / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona Institute for Place and Wellbeing, which integrates medical research and design practices to address how built spaces affect human psychology and physiology, is a collaboration between the College of Medicine, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Fletcher McCusker: A visionary in our midst / Inside Tucson Business

Fletcher McCusker, a University of Arizona graduate who has had success as a CEO and working with UA’s Tech Launch Arizona, sold Sinfonia to a New Jersey-based company last year.

2017 Year in Review: Health care sees growth, construction / Phoenix Business Journal

At least $500 million in health care construction projects were on the drawing board in 2017, from hospitals to senior living facilities to health centers, including a $125 million HonorHealth campus in Scottsdale.