Arizona Bioscience News: W.L. Gore continues to thrive; UA Center for Innovation to widen reach; TGen, Mayo Clinic study breast cancer blood test

August 8, 2019

By brianpowell

WL Gore: the company others try and fail to imitate / Financial Times

W.L. Gore—a 61-year-old company with a major Flagstaff presence and a CEO who was hired last year from its medical headquarters in Arizona—thrives on its unconventional corporate structure.

UA’s business incubator looks to widen reach under new leaders / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona’s 16-year-old technology business incubator has a new name in University of Arizona Center for Innovation, new leadership and new partners as it plans to expand its reach.

New ‘liquid biopsy’ blood test improves breast cancer diagnostics / AZ Big Media

A new type of blood test for breast cancer called TARDIS could be as much as 100 times more sensitive than other blood-based cancer monitoring tests, according to a study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Mayo Clinic in Arizona with contributions from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.

Arizona group proposes tax increases to raise $1.5 billion for education / Arizona Republic

The Helios Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on education initiatives in Arizona and Florida, is unveiling a proposal to increase Arizona sales and property taxes to fund an additional $1.5 billion for education, including at Arizona’s universities and community colleges.

Local college introduces practice of 3D printing to students / KYMA

Arizona Western College in Yuma is introducing 3D printing to students to give them a head start in using the technology in different career fields such as medicine and agriculture.

Scottsdale developer closes on health facility for opportunity zone project / Phoenix Business Journal

A Scottsdale developer paid $10 million for a 62,596-square-foot building across the street from Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix with plans to renovate the facility and develop a behavioral health clinic using “opportunity zone” funding.

New NAU research center promotes diversity in STEM education / Arizona Daily Sun

Northern Arizona University has taken aim at tearing down prevailing social stigmas in the STEM community with the founding of a new research center, which takes advantage of several laboratories on campus to provide high-school, undergraduate and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Leadership conference in Phoenix helps support Hispanics pursuing STEM careers / AZ Big Media

Hispanic students and STEM professionals from across the United States gathered in Phoenix for four days of workshops, networking and leadership development opportunities at the 2019 National Institute for Leadership Advancement. Read also: How Arizona can keep new STEM teachers like me in the classroom

Upcoming Events /

Aug. 12: SBIR Road Tour 2019, UA Tech Park Event Center, Tucson

Aug. 22: AZBio Summer Social 2019, GlobalMed, Scottsdale

Sept. 4-5: Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference, Vail, Colo.