Arizona Bioscience News: Venture Madness names 64 startups; HonorHealth makes cancer-care acquisition; AZ Tech Council’s legislative agenda

January 19, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

honorhealthCaris Life Sciences to find patients for Keytruda pancreatic cancer trial / GenomeWeb

Caris Life Sciences announced a collaboration with the Lustgarten Foundation to enroll patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the impact of immunotherapy in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Here are the 64 startups in the first round of Venture Madness / Phoenix Business Journal

The 64 startups announced for the first round of the 2017 Venture Madness business competition will be whittled down in the fourth annual bracket-style, head-to-head competition, with the chance to share from a pool of a $20,000 cash prize and $300,000 in investment dollars.

HonorHealth adding 100 employees in cancer care acquisition / Phoenix Business Journal

HonorHealth is acquiring the gynecological operations of Arizona Center for Cancer Care, giving the Scottsdale-based nonprofit health system a bigger footprint throughout the Phoenix area.

JTED funds, startup support on Arizona tech group’s legislative agenda / Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Technology Council, the state’s biggest technology business group, in 2017 will push for legislation to restore career and technical education funding for high-school freshmen and boost private-investment tax credits.

Former Mexican president signs deal in Tucson for business partnership / Arizona Daily Star

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox signed an agreement to partner with the city of Tucson on a project to incubate startup businesses by identifying Mexican companies poised to grow, and export and mentor them in Tucson for up to two years on how to enter the global market.

Banner Health, Core Institute expand joint venture / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health and The Core Institute have teamed up to create a physician hospital organization called the Orthopedic High Value Network, an integrated care network composed of a consortium of providers, facilities information-technology solutions, and ancillary programs.

Workforce talent pipeline, education funding top Phoenix Chamber’s priorities / Arizona Capitol Times (Op-ed)

Todd Sanders, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, writes that the chamber’s 2017 legislative priorities include growing Arizona’s workforce talent pipeline and continuing to move the needle on improving the state’s K-12 and higher-education systems.

Arizona goes all in on TechHire – building a pipeline of technology talent / Arizona Capitol times (Op-ed)

Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes that in December Arizona was named a TechHire community by the U.S. Department of Labor, a program that aims to provide disenfranchised youths ages 16 to 29 training and employment in technology.