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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The Flinn seed grants program will fund up to 10 research teams with $100,000 grants. Apply by Dec. 3.
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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

Arizona BioPreneur Conference set for Sept. 23

“Bioscience Entrepreneurs and the Pursuit of Capital,” a free virtual conference presented by the Flinn Foundation and Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, will be held the afternoon of Sept. 23.

Now in its third year, the Arizona BioPreneur Conference will feature interactive presentations by angel investors and venture capital experts, Arizona Commerce Authority representatives, breakout sessions, and an opportunity to meet your fellow BioPreneurs. Keynote speaker Deborah Magid, the director of software strategy for IBM Ventures, will share her global expertise on innovation and growth areas. [Register]


Bioscience

Flinn entrepreneurship program application opens

The 2022 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program application is now open. Early-stage Arizona-based bioscience firms can compete for $30,000 in non-dilutive funding, a professionally developed one-year plan specific to the company’s needs, and the opportunity to engage with the state’s bioscience, academic, and policy leaders.

To participate, Arizona companies must be engaged in the commercialization of bioscience research and biotechnology and/or the sale of products. The 2022 application, brochure, FAQs, and scoring matrix are all available at www.flinn.org/entrepreneur. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. [Learn more]


Bioscience

Small medical team has big impact on Willcox

When Dr. Dawn Walker first arrived in Willcox, the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine was one of eight physicians in this rural southeast Arizona town best known for its ranching, farming, and singing cowboy movie star. 

About two decades later, the owner of Walker Family Medicine and chief of staff at Northern Cochise Community Hospital is currently the only physician—MD or DO—providing daily primary care services, highlighting the medical challenges that can face a rural area.

In a story written by the Flinn Foundation’s Brian Powell for Arizona Physician magazine, learn how the 24-bed hospital is having an impact on Willcox and the surrounding area, both medically and economically, and is making moves to secure its future. [Read more]


Bioscience

Flinn Foundation opens application for research grants program

The Flinn Foundation has opened the application for the next round of the Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program, which will fund up to 10 research teams focused on advancing new products or services to improve patient care.

The awardees will each receive a $100,000 grant over 18 months. At the end of the grant period, up to two of the most successful projects may receive up to an additional $100,000 over the following year. 

The deadline to apply is Dec. 3. [Learn more]


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]


News and Updates

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Arizona’s bio leaders honored; ASU most innovative again; TGen studies long-term COVID in kids

Arizona Bioscience Week will kick off with broadcast premiere of Celebrating Life & Science / AZ Big Media  Arizona Bioscience Week, which will feature events between Oct. 3 and 9 including the television special “Celebrating Life & Science,” is now in its sixth year celebrating the state’s innovative life science and health care community.   Here are the winners and finalists for […]

Bioscience

Flinn conference for bio entrepreneurs set for Sept. 23

The 2021 Arizona BioPreneur Conference, presented by the Flinn Foundation and Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, will feature interactive presentations by angel investors and venture-capital experts, Arizona Commerce Authority representatives, breakout sessions, and an opportunity to meet fellow BioPreneurs.  “Bioscience Entrepreneurs and the Pursuit of Capital” will be held virtually from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Register today.  Keynote […]

Bioscience

Application open for Arizona bioscience firms to earn $30K, professional support & connections

The application for the 2022 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program is now open. The program for early-stage bioscience firms in Arizona will provide $30,000 in non-dilutive funding, a professionally developed one-year plan specific to the company’s needs, and the opportunity to engage with the state’s bioscience, academic, and policy leaders. To participate, companies must be […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Banner MD Anderson’s new lung cancer technology

About 15% of COVID-19 cases in Arizona last month were breakthrough infections. Here’s what that means / Arizona Republic About 15% of August COVID-19 cases in Arizona were breakthrough infections—up from 14% in July—which comes in tandem with a rise in cases over the summer as the highly contagious delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus […]