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 from April 2021 featuring the latest Arizona bioscience developments.
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The latest data released in April 2020 tracks 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 benefits to up to seven bioscience startups each year.
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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.

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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

Health-care entrepreneur joins Flinn Foundation board

Heidi Jannenga, one of Arizona’s most accomplished health-care-technology entrepreneurs, has been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

Jannenga, co-founder of Phoenix-based WebPT, the leading software provider for electronic medical records and practice management for rehabilitation therapists, brings to the board premier expertise in the clinical and business currents shaping Arizona’s health-care and technology sectors. She also serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Arizona Community Foundation, as a trustee of the Arizona Science Center, as a board member of the Arizona chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and as a board member of the Arizona School for the Arts. [Read more]


Bioscience

Arizona medical schools lead the way in diversifying physician workforce

The four medical schools in Maricopa County—and a fifth opening later this year—have all made efforts to incorporate diversity and cultural teachings into their admissions process and curriculum as they seek to improve patient care by all physicians for all people.

The most recent Association of American Medical Colleges data reveals a physician workforce already changing, even before the past year brought greater attention to diversity and inclusion issues. And the hope is the changing medical school—and future workforce—will translate into improved care for all patients. [Read more]


Bioscience

Arizona’s bioscience community reports on ‘a robust industry cluster’

The Flinn Foundation hosted its annual bioscience event April 14 to share the impressive progress of Arizona’s growing sector nearly two decades since the launch of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap.

The virtual event featured a keynote address by Tom Osha of Wexford Science and Technology and live presentations and videos showcasing the innovative and growing bioscience ecosystem throughout Arizona, including Flagstaff, metro Phoenix, and the Tucson and Yuma regions. The event featured the IDEA Tempe, Phoenix Biomedical, and Creighton Health Sciences Phoenix campuses, the state’s public universities, TGen, the Gowan Group, and other leading research institutes, incubators, and startup organizations. [Watch Event]


Bioscience

Flinn funds seven projects to translate research findings into patient care

Arizona’s public universities, private institutes, and research hospitals will collaborate on seven projects to advance precision medicine, medical devices, and diagnostics as part of a Flinn Foundation program to translate research findings into patient care.

Seven grants valued at $100,000 each, awarded through the Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research in Precision Medicine Initiative, will fund projects from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Translational Genomics Research Institute, and the University of Arizona. Those institutions’ researchers will collaborate with Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, Barrow Neurological Institute, and Mayo Clinic Arizona. [Read More]


Bioscience

Seven Arizona bio startups earn $30K through entrepreneurship program

Artificial intelligence to assist Alzheimer’s disease caregivers, rapid virus screeners, a headband to monitor for concussions, and new technologies for surgeries and drug discovery are some of the innovations of the participants in the 2021 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program.

Seven Arizona-based firms will each receive $30,000 in funding support through a nonprofit partner, a personalized learning plan to help advance the company, and connections with the state’s bioscience leaders in business, research, and policy. [Read More]


Bioscience

Arizona executives named to lead statewide bioscience committee

Eve Ross and Heather Carter have been named the new leaders of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, the group that oversees the advancement of the state’s bioscience ecosystem.

Ross, a retired W.L. Gore & Associates executive, will serve as chair and former state legislator Heather Carter, executive vice president of Greater Phoenix Leadership, will serve as vice chair. The committee is comprised of more than 100 Arizona leaders from the private and public sectors in science, research, health care, business and industry, academia, policy, and workforce development and works to pursue the goals of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, the long-term strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the state’s bioscience sector. [Read More]


News and Updates

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: TSMC gives grant to TGen; Startups prepare for international pitch competition; Roche to expand production of diagnostic tests

Semiconductor giant teams with Phoenix genomics researcher to track infectious outbreaks / Arizona Republic Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which is building its new facility in north Phoenix, has provided a grant to Translational Genomics Research Institute to help fund TGen’s genomic sequencing or analysis of COVID-19, enabling the identification of specific variants. Read more: Taiwan […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: AZ Tech Council urges tax credit extension; LifeStance Health Group to go public; AZ COVID-19 cases dropping in June

Tech Council urges extension of angel investor tax credit / AZ Big Media The Arizona Technology Council is urging state legislators to extend the Small Business Capital Investment Incentive, commonly referred to as the angel investor tax credit, for another 10 years. Scottsdale-based health company files paperwork to go public with $6 billion valuation / […]

Bioscience

Health-care entrepreneur joins Flinn Foundation board

Heidi Jannenga, one of Arizona’s most accomplished health-care-technology entrepreneurs, has been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.  Jannenga, co-founder of Phoenix-based WebPT, the leading software provider for electronic medical records and practice management for rehabilitation therapists, brings to the board premier expertise in the clinical and business currents shaping Arizona’s health-care and technology sectors.  “The Flinn Foundation helps research discoveries today become startups and therapeutics tomorrow,” said Dr. David J. Gullen, chair of the Flinn Foundation board. “Heidi understands what’s necessary for such translation better than almost anyone, and her experience […]

Bioscience

Arizona medical schools lead the way in diversifying physician workforce

*This article first appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Arizona Physician magazine, a publication of the Maricopa County Medical Society. By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation Dr. Kenneth Poole of Mayo Clinic Arizona says ideally, the race or ethnicity of a physician should not impact patient care. But Poole, an internal-medicine physician who oversees patient experience […]