Arizona Bioscience News: UA College of Medicine-Tucson sees record applications; Midwestern University optometry college partners with Walter Reed; Arizona venture capital

March 22, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

Inventors whose works enhance quality of life are honored at UA / Arizona Daily Star

Tech Launch Arizona, the University of Arizona’s technology-commercialization arm, honored a biotech scientist and a businessman who launched a bioscience startup from UA technology at the fifth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards.

Midwestern optometry school partners with Walter Reed medical center / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University has entered into an affiliation agreement with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to create a new military optometric residency program.

Cancer center investing $7.7M to develop outpatient centers; adds Medicare / Phoenix Business Journal

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is investing $7.7 million to add two outpatient care centers in the Phoenix area, with plans for a third, as the Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear prepares to accept Medicare for the first time.

Arizona will see a 43% increase in Alzheimer’s in the next 7 years / Phoenix Business Journal

The number of individuals living in Arizona with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to grow by 43 percent in the next seven years—making Arizona the second highest growth rate in the country.

Applications to medical school in Tucson reach record high / Arizona Daily Star

A record 9,600 applicants to the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Tucson competed for about 120 spots in the class that will begin medical school this summer and graduate in 2022–an acceptance rate of less than 2 percent.

When will Phoenix companies be ready for venture funding? / Phoenix Business Journal

Groups such as the Arizona Founders Fund and PHX East Valley Angel Investor Initiative are working to help early-stage tech companies find the capital needed to fund their innovative startups. Read also: Funding options for startups before they hit the VC world; New group set to promote, advance Arizona tech growth; These are the top Arizona venture capital deals in 2017

UA studying chemical exposure in the workplace / Inside Tucson Business

Researchers at the University of Arizona have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to reduce exposures to hazardous chemicals in the workplace that may be associated with asthma, cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

TGen testing whether ultrasound can help fight pancreatic cancer / ABC 15

The Translational Genomics Research Institute will begin testing whether ultrasound can help in the fight against pancreatic cancer by allowing certain therapies to become more effective.