Arizona Bioscience News: Tucson’s Calimmune sells for $91M; 20 Valley startup-community leaders; UA earns $4.8M for valley-fever study

August 31, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

Tucson’s Calimmune to be acquired by Australian drug giant / Arizona Daily Star

Australian drug company CSL Ltd. has acquired Tucson-based Calimmune Inc., a gene-therapy drug firm co-founded by University of Arizona graduate Louis Breton, in a deal worth at least $91 million. Read more: CSL Behring buys Calimmune for early stem cell, gene therapy boost

How can we change Alzheimer’s disease from terminal to chronic? / AZ Big Media

On September 22, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will host Marwan Sabbagh of Barrow Neurological Institute for a free talk on the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the latest clinical trials, and hopes for new treatment.

20 People to Know in Startups / Phoenix Business Journal

The Phoenix Business Journal profiles 20 leaders in the metro-Phoenix startup community, including technology-transfer experts, investors, and economic-development officials.

Navapache Innovation Council receives grant for $200K / White Mountain Independent

The National Science Foundation’s Rural Activiation and Innovation Network has awarded $200,000 to the Navapache Innovation Council to develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences in a variety of settings outside the classroom.

UA wins $4.8 million grant to work on valley fever vaccine for dogs / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence has received a $4.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to fund development of a candidate vaccine to protect dogs from Valley fever, a fungal respiratory infection most common in Arizona and California. Read more: University of Arizona awarded $4.8 grant to develop Valley fever vaccine for dogs / KPNX 12 News TV

Marana High grad enters UA research program / Marana News

University of Arizona junior Ayumi Pottenger, a graduate of Marana High School, has been accepted into UA’s Environmental Health Sciences Transformative Research Undergraduate Experience program, which provides paid research opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.