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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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

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: Rural doctors eligible for free tuition; UArizona, NAU earn grant for Native American cancer research; Biotech firms among AZ Innovation Challenge finalists

Medical students get free tuition for promising to practice in rural Arizona / Arizona Republic Some University of Arizona medical school students are getting free tuition in exchange for a promise to practice in underserved rural areas for at least two years after they graduate. UA center awarded $6.8M to address cancer in Native American […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: UArizona, ASU move up in research rankings; Barrow breaks ground on new building; Arizona Forge to play key role in startups

UA ranked No. 20 in research funding among US public institutions / Arizona Daily Star The University of Arizona is among the top 20 public research institutions in the United States based on data released by the National Science Foundation, while Arizona State University was ranked No. 24 among all public institutions. ASU, Banner team […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: Medical school expanding class size; Alzheimer’s study finds rare gene mutation; ASU Chandler Innovation Center helping startups

University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school expands class size / Arizona Republic The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix will expand the size of its class for the first time since 2012, from 80 to 100 students starting in July, to help address an ongoing doctor shortage in Arizona. Rare mutation in Alzheimer’s disease gene […]

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Arizona Bioscience News: AZ Innovation Challenge names semifinalists; Alzheimer’s study discovery; Cardon Children’s celebrates 10 years

30 semifinalists named for Fall 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal Bioscience companies are among the semifinalists named by the Arizona Commerce Authority for its fall competition that will award up to $1.5 million to early-stage companies. Read more: Nearly 2 dozen Valley startups make cut in Arizona Innovation Challenge Why didn’t she […]