Arizona Bioscience News: UA, Banner Health award increases to $60M; Intuor Technologies receives FDA clearance for glaucoma test prism; UA College of Medicine-Phoenix graduates 81

May 10, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

Employment opportunity Arizona life science philanthropyLocal eye doctor melds engineering, medicine to improve patient care / Arizona Daily Star

Intuor Technologies, launched by ophthalmologist and University of Arizona assistant professor Sean McCafferty, had its flagship product CATS Tonometer Prism, which improves the accuracy of a common test for glaucoma, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This California startup is moving its headquarters to Gilbert / Phoenix Business Journal

Prenexus Health has selected Gilbert for its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant and will create an organic prebiotic ingredient, to be produced as a capsule, from high-fiber sugar cane.

University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix graduates more than 80 new doctors / Arizona Republic

Eighty-one students graduated from the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Phoenix this week—bringing the school’s graduation total to more than 430 students since its opening in 2007—with about 40 percent staying in Arizona for their residencies. Watch more: University of Arizona’s College of Medicine marches toward Phoenix Graduation Ceremony

Doctors treating patients using stem cell-based products / Fox 10

Treating injury without pain relievers like opioids is something that’s already happening in Arizona, as doctors are using a local stem cell-based product from Axolotl Biologix to help patients recover faster and sometimes without surgery.

HTG Molecular, Firalis ink deal for RA theranostic technology / GenomeWeb

French biotechnology firm Firalis has signed a non-exclusive agreement to obtain Tucson-based HTG Molecular Diagnostics’ technology and components to support its commercialization of a next-generation sequencing-based rheumatoid arthritis theranostic assay.

University of Arizona to have a role in national ‘All of Us’ health study / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona and Banner Health will have a role in the “All of Us” national study that aims to include DNA and health data from 1 million people across the U.S., increasing the $43.3 million award over five years for their part in the national Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program to up to $60 million. Read more: UA, Banner get record $60M grant in nationwide health study