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 to six firms each year.
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The Flinn seed-grants program awards up to 10 research teams each year with $100,000 grants. The 2023 application is open.
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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

Bio veteran Kristen Swingle steers C-Path’s rapid growth

The Critical Path Institute was established in Tucson in 2005, just three years after the Flinn Foundation introduced Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap. The independent, nonprofit organization, with Arizona roots and an expanding presence both locally and globally, plays a key role in accelerating drug development.

Kristen Swingle is the president and chief operating officer of the Critical Path Institute. A Tucson native and Northern Arizona University graduate, Swingle talks with the Flinn Foundation about C-Path’s growth and its impact on the health of Arizonans. [Watch interview]


Bioscience

Translational Seed Grants Program invites applications

In 2023, the Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program will fund up to 10 research teams affiliated with an Arizona university, research institution, or health-care system that are advancing new products or services to improve patient care. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2023.

Awardees will each receive a $100,000 grant over 18 months, plus programmatic benefits, with each team using the grant period to de-risk its product/process, refine its design, and/or acquire key validation data and stakeholder feedback. [Read More]


Bioscience

Flinn Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program to announce participants early next year

Funding. Connections. Support. That is what awaits six Arizona early-stage firms selected for the 2023 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. The application has closed and the program participants will be announced in February.

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 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

Med-school dean assesses Mayo Clinic impact in Arizona

Mayo Clinic 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 through a new hub of 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]


News and Updates

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: New Roche factory; Rural health care grants; Lung cancer screening

Cancer-test maker Roche unveils new factory in Marana / Arizona Daily Star Roche Tissue Diagnostics will soon have more space to boost production of its cancer-detecting instruments and tests after cutting the ribbon on a new, 60,000-square-foot building in Marana next door to a distribution center of about the same size that opened in 2015. To […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Arizona innovators honored; Barrow joins landmark study

Individuals, companies earn praise as Arizona Governor’s Celebration of Innovation winners / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno) Dozens of winners were honored this week during the 2022 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards, which recognizes individuals and companies making major impacts in the state’s technology, science and education ecosystem. Read more: Here are the winners of Governor’s Celebration of […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: $150M for new UArizona bio center; Abrazo Health neonatal expansion; New bio impact study

University of Arizona is getting $150 million in COVID-19 relief money for a bioscience center / Arizona Republic A planned Phoenix-based research center operated by the University of Arizona—Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies—will get a $150 million allocation of federal money via the state to be constructed on the downtown Phoenix Bioscience Core campus. Read more: More […]

Bioscience

Bio veteran Kristen Swingle steers C-Path’s rapid growth

The Critical Path Institute was established in Tucson in 2005 under a partnership with the Food and Drug Administration, just three years after the Flinn Foundation introduced Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap. The independent, nonprofit organization, with Arizona roots and an expanding presence both locally and globally, plays a key role in accelerating drug development through consortia […]