Arizona Bioscience News: Three bio companies win Innovation Challenge; Startup NeoLight raises $1.4 million; Algae studied for carbon absorption

June 9, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

AICLeadership changes afoot at HonorHealth / Phoenix Business Journal

HonorHealth CEO Tom Sadvary and president Rhonda Forsyth have announced their retirement, and Todd LaPorte has been named the new CEO effective next year.

Phoenix-area teens can get an insider view of medicine / Arizona Republic

Saturday Scrubs, a free, hands-on learning experience hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix, provides Phoenix-area teens the opportunity to stitch up a wound, explore organs, and discuss medical ethics.

And the winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Spring 2016 Innovation Challenge are… / Phoenix Business Journal

Biotech companies Smart Brain Aging, Salutaris Medical Devices, and AniCell BioTech are among the six winning startups in the spring round of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Innovation Challenge. Read also: Tucson-based Salutaris wins state grant

Doctors seek probe of UA medical school leaders’ exodus / Arizona Republic

The Arizona Medical Association has asked the state Board of Regents to conduct an independent investigation of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in the wake of the resignation of six top leaders to take out-of-state posts. Read also: Doctors group calls for probe of University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Phoenix med-tech startup raises $1.4 million in seed round, pivots focus/ Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix-based NeoLight LLC has raised $1.4 million in its seed-plus round, which the company hopes to use to evolve beyond treating jaundice into a medical-device company that makes empathy-driven technology for infants.

Arizona researchers study how a little plant may absorb a lot of carbon from coal-fired power plants / KJZZ

Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation is working to determine whether algae strains taken from nine different water sources at Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station can assist in absorbing carbon emissions.