Arizona Bioscience News: Venture Madness winners; NeoLight expands vision; Podcast on pollen as crime-fighter

March 10, 2022

By brianpowell

Four startup winners named in Venture Madness 2022 pitch contest / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Taproot Interventions and Solutions, which runs a care management software for caregivers treating patients with Alzheimer’s and other mental illnesses, and, an artificial intelligence chatbot software company that primarily serves medical customers, were two of the winners of the 2022 Venture Madness pitch competition.

NeoLight expands its horizons from jaundice to complete neonatal health / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Neolight started as a dorm room idea at Arizona State University, and that idea has grown into an international medical device company with a vision to become a leader in all neonatal health care.

Arizona on the cutting edge of innovative research programs / Phoenix Magazine

Arizona physicians, institutions, and philanthropists such as Mayo Clinic, ASU’s Biodesign Institute, the Ivy Brian Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, TGen, the University of Arizona and more are on the cutting edge of innovative treatments, procedures, and programs.

UArizona engineer leads project to fight vision loss / KGUN

A University of Arizona researcher and member of the university’s BIO5 Institute has received a $1 million grant from the National Eye Institute to work on a portable device that will reduce the cost and time, and increase the accessibility, of diagnosing ulcers.

Eight Arizona startups—with a few upsets—advance to round two of AZ Inno Madness / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Round two voting continues in the AZ Inno Madness competition, which is designed to shine a spotlight on 16 innovative, fast-growing local businesses including bioscience companies.

‘I hope this brings people hope’: Jill Biden touts cancer initiative during Arizona visit / Arizona Republic

A lack of access to health services, a lack of cancer awareness, historical trauma and inadequate representation in clinical trials were among health issues that First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra heard about as they visited the San Xavier Health Clinic, which is in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Arizona reports 32% weekly decline in new COVID cases, 15% drop in deaths / KTAR

Arizona reported declines of 32% in new cases—for a total of 6,549—and 15% in additional deaths in the latest weekly update of the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Pollen crime-fighters / The Lab at azcentral

In this latest podcast episode, listeners will meet the only three forensic palynologists (AKA pollen-science sleuths) in the country and an ASU researcher working on mathematical models that could make it easier for investigators to pinpoint where pollen samples are coming from.

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