Flinn Foundation

Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

Bioscience

Building Arizona as a global center for research and commercialization in the biosciences and a leader in such areas as precision medicine.

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The long-term strategic plan to guide Arizona biosciences through 2025.
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Learn about the path for Arizona to become globally competitive and a national leader.
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Review the current progress report featuring the latest Arizona bioscience data and developments.
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The latest data released in April 2020 tracks the performance of Arizona's bioscience sector.
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A group of about 100 leaders guiding and pursuing the goals of Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap.
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Ecosystem resources and a searchable database and map of firms and organizations.
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Apply by Nov. 2 for the 2021 program providing $30,000 in funding plus benefits to six bio startups.
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View the Flinn Foundation's portfolio of bioscience research grants.
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Read about the latest developments in the biosciences across Arizona.

Bioscience

Bioscience in Arizona

The Flinn Foundation supports the biosciences in Arizona through research grants and stewardship of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, released in 2002 and guiding the growth and development of the state’s bioscience sector through 2025.

The Roadmap’s tagline, “Advancing the Biosciences and Improving Health Outcomes” recognizes the broad spectrum of the biosciences, including research, academia, and product commercialization, as well as the central role of health care within the bioscience sector.


Bioscience

Flinn Foundation program offers $30K for bioscience startups

The Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program, which provides funding, professional support, and networking opportunities to Arizona early-stage bioscience firms, will announce its 2021 winners in February.

The program provides $30,000 in non-dilutive funding support for up to six firms each year, administered through a nonprofit partner, and a professionally developed, yearlong plan specific to the needs of the individual firms. In addition, opportunities are offered to the competitively selected firms to engage with the state’s bioscience, academic, and policy leaders. [Learn more]

 


Bioscience

Find funding, partners, companies, and jobs with new Bioscience Directory

A new comprehensive Bioscience Directory launched by the Flinn Foundation includes an interactive map with more than 1,000 companies and organizations and detailed resources for the people working to advance the biosciences in Arizona.

The BioMap is a searchable database by organization name or city, subsector, or legislative district, plus an interactive map of businesses based in large metropolitan areas and rural towns. The resources—which target entrepreneurs, job seekers, investors, researchers, and elected officials— help connect them to each other as well as other leaders, programs, and events throughout the bioscience ecosystem. [Read More]


Bioscience

Preparing for COVID-19 during flu season


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and hospitals face an uncertain future as they prepare for a new wave of COVID-19 cases that could coincide with the peak of flu season.

New methods of testing being developed by Arizona’s universities and research institutes, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services, could become more accessible for physicians, helping to play a role in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. [Read More] [Listen to Podcast]


Bioscience

Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine: The intersection of environmental stewardship and science education

Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine (2014)  is director of education at Biosphere 2 and a science-faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. 

Bonine writes about how he serves southern Arizona nonprofits, the K-12 education system, and UArizonathe impact of COVID-19 on Biosphere 2 and Tucsonthe value of the Flinn-Brown Network, and how his work advances the biosciences, research, and a culture of innovation and creative excellence. [Read More]


Bioscience

TGen’s online MindCrowd research project aims to provide a personalized guide for successful brain aging

A 10-minute online memory test is gathering data from around the world with the hope that one day physicians will be able to recommend a personalized way for their patients to improve brain performance as they age.

The MindCrowd research project, developed by the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, in partnership with the University of Arizona and Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, has been aided by more than 135,000 participants over the past seven years from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. This article was written by the Flinn Foundation and first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Arizona Physician magazine, a publication of the Maricopa County Medical Society. [Read More] [Listen to the Podcast]


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Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; GT Medical Technologies raises $16M; UA Center for Innovation at Oro Valley opens

As Arizona surpasses 5,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, health leaders and researchers are sounding the alarm about hospital capacity and staffing and a looming crisis. The state is preparing to receive its first COVID-19 vaccine doses later this month, which will be free. And an Arizona biotech company is hoping to create a vaccine […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

A recent study found that nearly 11% of Maricopa County residents have been infected with COVID-19—a number far greater than what has been reported through testing. Vaccine trials are continuing in the state, and a Diné scientist from Arizona is working in a lab at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; TGen’s dog cancer detection company; New UArizona-anchored building at The Bridges

Arizona health experts and providers are concerned about the rise in the state’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and the impact of winter visitors and the Thanksgiving holiday. Coconino County is seeking more information about potential COVID-19 patients in hospitals—which are increasing staffing—while the public is being encouraged to take advantage of COVID-19 testing which has […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Science, tech leaders honored; New venture capital deals

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Arizona hit a 3-month high as health experts warn about the growing percentage of positive tests and upcoming holiday celebrations. Hospitals worry conditions in Arizona are likely to get worse and are making plans for staffing and reopening select respiratory cohort units. A young Tempe mother survived her […]