Arizona Bioscience News: University presidents call for higher education support; Connect2STEM draws thousands to UA COM-Phoenix; NAU opens new research lab

February 1, 2018

By brianpowell

See the 10 companies competing in Street Pitch startup competition / Phoenix Business Journal

Ten Arizona-based, tech-focused startups will compete in the Street Pitch competition on Feb. 23 in downtown Phoenix for a chance at a $50,000 business investment.

Arizona university presidents call on business, state leadership to support higher education / KJZZ

The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce brought Arizona’s three public university presidents together for a panel at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix to discuss the support of higher education. Read more: Arizona university presidents discuss ways to generate revenue in face of decreased state funding

New NAU lab studies the mechanics of the human body / Arizona Daily Sun

Northern Arizona University’s new Human Performance Lab is a collaborative effort that will be used by five or six departments, including students in the university’s physical therapy classes, the biomechatronics lab and the Center for Bioengineering Innovation.

Red Mountain High School biotech program leading the way to new discoveries /

Students at Red Mountain High School in Mesa are able to perform their own research projects in a biotech lab with prep and chemical rooms, and have received grants, spoken at conferences, and presented to biotech leaders.

UA scientists study Australian wild rice / KJZZ

The Arizona Genomics Institute at the University of Arizona has been leading global research into 25 wild rice species, hoping it can help feed a world population that’s projected to reach 10 billion by 2050.

Thousands of kids get hands-on with science and medicine in Phoenix / Arizona Republic

Thousands of kids participated in more than 200 exhibits featuring interactive presentations and science experiments during the fourth annual Connect2STEM event at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix campus.

Tech Council looks to boost high school career and technical education funding / Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Technology Council’s lobbying efforts this year will focus mainly on bolstering high school career and technical education programs, while advocating for more support for K-12 schools and community colleges.

Have Arizona scientists discovered an Alzheimer’s breakthrough? / KTAR

Scientists at the Arizona State University-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center believe they identified a compound that could block a protein that causes early damage to the brain’s memory chamber, essentially slamming the brakes on Alzheimer’s.

Three local startups head to Venture Madness / Tucson Local Media

Tucson-based bioscience firms Emagine Solutions and Reglagene along with tech startup Codelucida recently surpassed one of the biggest hurdles in the Arizona startup landscape: Getting accepted into Venture Madness. Read more: See which Phoenix-based software startup won this year’s Venture Madness startup competition

$70M primary and specialty care center breaks ground in Peoria / Phoenix Business Journal

Maricopa Integrated Health System broke ground on its West Valley Primary and Specialty Care Center in Peoria, a $70 million, 127,000-square-foot health clinic that will feature an urgent care, dental clinic, dialysis clinic, and operating rooms.

MIM debuts its new STEM gallery showing connection between music and science / Phoenix Business Journal

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has opened its new 1,800-square-foot STEM Gallery— featuring televisions with video demonstrations, musical instruments and interactive exhibits—to show visitors the connection between music and science.