Arizona Bioscience News: W.L. Gore celebrates 50 years; PHX East Valley seeks angel investors; Salutaris developing medical device

September 28, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

Maricopa County health board approves $70M health center in Peoria / Phoenix Business Journal

The Maricopa County Special Health Care District board of directors approved a $70 million, 127,000-square-foot health center on 20 acres in Peoria that will feature an urgent care, dental clinic, dialysis clinic, and operating rooms.

Finalists named in Phoenix’s third Smart City Hack / Phoenix Business Journal

Seven finalists, including a biotech company, have been named for Phoenix’s third Smart City Hack, which invites entrepreneurs with tech ideas to solve local urban issues.

Health Fair to promote cancer screening among Tucson’s Latinos / KVOA

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is partnering with the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson to promote awareness of cancer, infectious diseases, women’s health, mental health and health-care access at the Binational Health Fair on Oct. 1.

UA Startup acquired in $35 million deal / Tucson Local Media

SinfoníaRx, which came out of the University of Arizona as a startup company in 2013, has been acquired by New Jersey-based company Tabula Rasa for $35 million.

UA, Banner Alzheimer’s to study depression and dementia in older adults / KJZZ

Researchers at the University of Arizona and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have received a grant to study older adults with depression and dementia to evaluate the appropriateness of treatments.

From cables to catheters: Gore’s 50 years of excellence in Flagstaff / Arizona Daily Sun

Established in Flagstaff in 1967, W.L. Gore and Associates— a company which produces an array of medical devices, from grafts to stents to hernia patches—is marking its 50th anniversary this year. Read more: Gore model shows the way forward, with local support

Gore alumni sprinkled among Flagstaff startups / Arizona Daily Sun

Two former Gore employees who went on to start their own ventures in Flagstaff said they took valuable lessons from their time with the company that they have incorporated into their own businesses.

Numerical simulation, 3-D printing drive Eric Miller’s passions for helping companies build viable products / Phoenix Business Journal

Eric Miller is a co-founder of PADT, a Tempe-based business built around advanced 3-D modeling and printing with customers from the medical device, aerospace, and electronics industries.

University of Arizona acquires downtown Phoenix property / Fox10

The University of Arizona has acquired a property in downtown Phoenix, located along 7th Street near Pierce Street, near the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

How the East Valley wants to grow angel investors to help startups / Arizona Republic

The PHX East Valley Angel Investor Initiative hopes to engage 250 new angels—or a person who invests money in tech startup companies—in three years through a series of six workshops.

UA medical school partners with Phoenix Art Museum / Downtown Devil

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has partnered with the Phoenix Art Museum, offering museum visits which could improve diagnostic and communications skills as well as helping students understand their personal biases.

… A device offering hope to those with macular degeneration / Arizona Public Media

Salutaris is a Tucson startup that is developing a device that could offer hope for some people afflicted with macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.