Arizona Bioscience News: TGen’s growing economic impact; Brain injuries studied in ex-football players; ACA announces AZ Innovation winners

January 7, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

TGenTGen generates an economic impact of $174M / Phoenix Business Journal

A new report states that the Translational Genomics Research Institute’s total annual economic impact has climbed to $174 million—an eightfold increase over the past eight years.

Here’s the 64 startups competing in the 2016 Venture Madness competition / Phoenix Business Journal

Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority have selected 64 startups to compete for a shared $100,000 prize in the third annual Venture Madness early-stage business competition.

UA seeks private partner to develop south-side tech park / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona is looking for a new development partner to help it build a $40 million office-and-lab building at the UA Tech Park at The Bridges to attract tech-oriented companies and initially become the home for Tech Launch Arizona, the school’s technology-commercialization arm.

Arizonans research brain injury in ex-football players / Arizona Public Media

Researchers from Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Mayo Clinic Arizona will take part in a study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head injuries and often found in former football players.

This Arizona city named one of best places to launch a startup in the U.S. / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale has been named as one of the best cities to launch a startup, outside of Silicon Valley and New York, according to San Francisco-based DataFox.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane: The promise of the Cure Corridor / Arizona Republic

The Scottsdale Cure Corridor continues to grow, with nearly 50 hospitals, universities, companies, and organizations at work producing results that are advancing the length and quality of human life.

Volunteers needed for Banner Alzheimer’s genetic testing program / Arizona Daily Star

Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute’s GeneMatch is looking for cognitively healthy people across the United States to be part of a unique program in which volunteers could learn their genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Underground cancer center opening beneath Phoenix Mayo Clinic campus in March / KJZZ

Arizona’s only proton-beam therapy program, which tries to minimize damage to surrounding tissue during cancer-tumor radiation, is set to open in March on the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus.

Here are the winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s latest AZ Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal

Six early-stage companies, including bioscience and health-care firms, won the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge and could receive up to $250,000 each in capital to grow their businesses.

Arizona’s tech scene has plenty to celebrate in 2015 / Phoenix Business Journal

Guest blogger Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes about the 2015 successes of the council and of the technology community in Arizona.

This Scottsdale med tech startup raises nearly half a million dollars / Phoenix Business Journal

EpiFinder Inc., a Scottsdale-based medical-technology startup, has raised $425,000 in its angel round, with plans to hire, enhance and market its software to doctors to help diagnose epilepsy syndromes at the point of care.