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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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A long-term strategic plan to guide Arizona biosciences through 2025
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The path for Arizona to become globally competitive
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Publications capturing major Arizona bioscience developments and data
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Biennial tracking of performance metrics for Arizona biosciences
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The leaders overseeing Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap
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A searchable database of Arizona's entire bioscience ecosystem
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A Flinn program of funding and services for nascent bio firms
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The Flinn Foundation's portfolio of bioscience research grants
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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-Brown Fellow and Flinn Scholar Sarah Coles advocates for today’s patients and tomorrow’s doctors

Dr. Sarah Coles was one of the first 24 medical students admitted to the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

And her commitment to the city’s first medical school has never gone away.

Coles, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, is a physician, educator, curriculum developer, policy expert, a member of state and national boards, and overall advocate for patient health.

Her career today is based one mile south of North High School in central Phoenix, where Coles was selected as a Flinn Scholar in 2002 and chose to attend the University of Arizona—sparking a lifelong commitment to the health of the state. [Read more]


Bioscience

Flinn Foundation grants push research on cancer, surgery, diabetes into clinical practice

Arizona’s leading research institutions—universities, independent institutes, and research hospitals—are collaborating on bioscience projects to advance health care through a Flinn Foundation grants program designed to translate innovations and discoveries into patient care more quickly.

The eight grants, valued at $100,000 each, will fund research between basic and clinical researchers at Arizona’s three public universities, HonorHealth Research Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, as well as external partners that range from Mayo Clinic Arizona to Microsoft to Los Alamos National Laboratory. [Read more]


Bioscience

New grants fuel ASU bioscience research

Four faculty members from Arizona State University received 2019 Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research awards to further their bioscience research.

The projects will work to develop a material that will help heal rotator cuff tears; create technology to map the brain’s cellular activity during opioid addiction; find genetic variants related to Type 2 diabetes in underrepresented populations; and nanoengineer cardiac tissue to fix damage caused by a heart attack. [Read more]


Bioscience

Arizona universities use TRIF money to expand research, build facilities, launch startups

The Technology and Research Initiative Fund, approved by Arizona voters nearly 20 years ago, has enabled Arizona’s three public universities to build new cutting-edge research facilities and attract world-renowned scientists to the state, increase research grants and other external funding, commercialize new technology and launch startups, and provide research opportunities for college students.

Since its inception as part of Proposition 301, TRIF has raised more than $1 billion for Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. [Read more]


Bioscience

New Arizona bioscience data coming in 2020

The progress of Arizona’s bioscience sector is tracked by performance data on key metrics every other year. The next data report will be released in April. 

The most recent data shows bioscience job growth in Arizona has outpaced other sectors since the launch of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap in 2002, with annual wages higher than the state’s private-sector average. In addition, university bioscience tech transfer is showing steady gains, with 33 bioscience startups, 119 patents issued and 131 licenses in 2016 and 2017, a 57 percent increase in spinouts over the previous two-year span. [Read more]


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Arizona Bioscience News: UArizona helping treat concussions; WearTech Center supports ecosystem; Banner Health’s kidney exchange program

UA researchers study how exposure to blue light can help those with concussions / Arizona Daily Star Therapy that involves being exposed to blue light in the early morning can help in the healing process of people who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussion, according to University of Arizona researchers. Wearable technology […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: ASU, Mesa break ground on building; Venture Madness names finalists; Bio firm adds Phoenix research space

ASU’s $73.5M ‘innovation hub’ going up in downtown Mesa / Arizona Republic Mesa and Arizona State University broke ground on a $73.5 million downtown Mesa facility that will include film and arts as well as technology programs to explore augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D modeling for innovations that could aid health care and other […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: ASU’s “Panch” tapped to lead NSF; UArizona tech transfer has $586M impact; eVisit, VisionGate raise funding

ASU head of research Sethuraman Panchanathan nominated to lead National Science Foundation / Arizona Republic Sethuraman Panchanathan, or “Panch,” an executive vice president and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University, has been nominated as the next director of the National Science Foundation by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: AZ hospitals have $30B impact; UArizona receives $4.5M to study stress, aging; ASU seeks science & tech center funding

Arizona hospitals have far-reaching effect on state’s economy, report says / Phoenix Business Journal The total economic impact of Arizona hospitals in 2018 was $29.8 billion, according to a report released by the Health System Alliance of Arizona, with direct, indirect, and induced jobs earning a combined $12.3 billion in wages. ABOR seeks millions in […]