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.

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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 2022 progress report featuring the latest Arizona bioscience data and developments.
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New data released in April 2022 highlights the performance of Arizona's growing bioscience sector.
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A group of about 135 leaders guiding and pursuing the goals of Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap.
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Offering ecosystem resources and a searchable database with a map of firms and organizations.
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The Flinn program provides $30,000 in funding plus connections and support. Apply by Nov. 7.
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The Flinn seed-grants program each year awards up to 10 research teams with $100,000 grants. Learn about the 2022 projects.
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Read about the latest developments in the biosciences across Arizona.

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Bioscience

Bioscience in Arizona

The Flinn Foundation supports the biosciences in Arizona through research grants and stewardship of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, 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

Apply to Flinn Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program 

Funding. Connections. Support. That is what awaits six Arizona early-stage firms selected for the 2023 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. The application is now open. The deadline to apply is Nov. 7.

The program, now in its 10th year, will award $30,000 in non-dilutive funding through a nonprofit partner. In addition, firms will receive a professionally developed, yearlong plan specific to their needs to help them advance to commercialization as well as opportunities to engage with the state’s bioscience, academic, and policy leaders. [Read more]


Bioscience

Improving a patient’s physical and mental health in primary care

A primary care physician may be accustomed after an appointment to guiding patients down the hall for a urine test or lab work. In recent years in Arizona and across the nation, physicians are also increasingly likely to find themselves introducing a patient to a licensed counselor or social worker in the office next door.

Learn more about the integration of behavioral health into a primary care practice in this article, written by the Flinn Foundation’s Brian Powell, which first appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of Arizona Physician magazine, a publication of the Maricopa County Medical Society. [Read more]


Bioscience

Dr. Michele Halyard talks about Mayo Clinic’s presence in Arizona

Mayo Clinic first arrived in Arizona in the late 1980s with the opening of its Scottsdale hospital. About a decade later, the Minnesota-based medical institution opened a second Arizona hospital in north Phoenix, and in 2017, welcomed students to the Arizona campus of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic’s presence in Arizona has played a critical role in the success of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, launched 20 years ago, and will continue to do so with the creation of a new hub of bioscience innovation and an ongoing partnership with Arizona State University. Dr. Michele Halyard, a radiation oncologist and dean of the medical school’s Arizona campus, talks about Mayo’s impact on the state. [Watch interview]


Bioscience

20 years of TGen: Using genomics for medical benefit

This year marks the 20th anniversary of both the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap and TGen, which through its cutting-edge patient treatment, ground-breaking research, and commercialization, has played a key role in enabling Arizona’s bioscience sector to perform today at historically high levels

Dr. Jeffrey Trent, Ph.D., TGen’s president and research director and previously the scientific director of the National Human Genomic Research Institute, talks about his vision to create such an organization—and to do so in his native Arizona. [Read more]


Bioscience

Flinn awards $5.5M grant to UArizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix will receive $5.5 million over five years from the Flinn Foundation to support translational research in cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences, and serious mental illnesses.

The grant, which will help advance research in these areas towards the clinical development of therapeutics, will establish new faculty positions and help develop the Translational Cardiovascular Research Center and a new Department of Translational Neurosciences. Funding will also create an intern program for underrepresented high school students. [Learn more] [Watch video]


News and Updates

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: 20 years of bio progress; New Banner Health center; HonorHealth’s heart technology

Mapping 20 years of progress in Arizona’s bioscience sector / AZ Big Media Twenty years ago, over 100 Arizona leaders came together to develop a plan to build our bioscience sector. The result was Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, which placed the state on a long-term trajectory toward success. Here’s how Arizona bioscience sector is making a difference / […]

Bioscience

One-stop treatment: Improving a patient’s physical and mental health in primary care

*This article first appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of Arizona Physician magazine, a publication of the Maricopa County Medical Society. By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation A primary care physician may be accustomed after an appointment to guiding patients down the hall for a urine test or lab work. In recent years, physicians are also increasingly […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: CGM for diabetic care; Sedentary behavior and dementia; Wearable tech for farms

A tiny device can help diabetics live with their disease, but getting one can be an ordeal / Arizona RepublicA continuous glucose monitor, a small biomedical device that measures blood sugar, has changed diabetic care by giving people instant access to potentially life-saving information about their health. Cost, red tape and cultural barriers keep glucose monitors […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Luminosity Lab secures $15M; NAU researcher featured; COVID cases at 4-month low

ASU’s Luminosity Lab secures $15 million donation from tech CEO / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno) The Luminosity Lab, a research and development program at Arizona State University, recently secured a $15 million donation from the CEO of Workiva to fund scholarships for students of all backgrounds who are interested in creative problem solving. ‘The […]