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 2021 progress report featuring the latest Arizona bioscience developments.
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New data coming in April 2022 will highlight 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 six bioscience startups each year.
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The Flinn seed-grants program each year awards up to 10 research teams with $100,000 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

Research teams apply for Flinn seed grants program

Research teams from Arizona’s academic research institutions and health-care systems have applied for the 2022 cohort of the Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program.

The program 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 awards will be announced in March. [Read more]


Bioscience

Arizona BioPreneur Conference set for March 2022

The Flinn Foundation and Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee will host the “Arizona BioPreneur Conference: The Path the Commercialization” on March 25, 2022.

The day of speakers and panels will focus on securing intellectual property, navigating the regulatory process, working with hospitals and clinical-research sites, and building a board and leadership team. Registration will open in January for the conference, which will be entering its fourth year.


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

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: TGen identifies genes linked to suicide; ASU receives $5.2M for Parkinson’s research; COVID-19 at 2 years

Arizona researchers identifying genes linked to suicidal ideation / 12 News A study led by TGen researchers has found that certain genes are believed to be associated with suicide, which could lead to better treatments for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Michael J. Fox Foundation grants ASU $5.2M to develop novel Parkinson’s disease treatments […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Banner year for VC; Ovarian cancer detection device; COVID-19 in Arizona

The results are in: 2021 was Arizona’s best year yet for venture capital investment / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno) Forty-five Arizona companies pulled in a combined $887 million in venture capital in the fourth quarter of 2021, which was the biggest quarterly haul in the past year, while the state saw 161 deals worth […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: NIH funding increases in Arizona; Omicron’s impact; Venture Madness presenters

From aging to gathering health care data, Arizona sees surge in federal research funding / Phoenix Business Journal The National Institutes of Health awarded more than $302 million over 544 awards for research projects in Arizona during the 2021 fiscal year, enabling researchers in the state to better cure disease, improve medicines, and understand the […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Study ranks Phoenix tops in life sciences jobs growth; UArizona among top research universities; Omicron variant dominant

Study: Phoenix tops nation for life sciences jobs growth / Phoenix Business Journal The Phoenix metro area topped the nation for growth in life sciences employment between 2019 and 2020, according to a new CBRE Group Inc. study, growing by about 8.5% in jobs including research, biotechnology, and therapeutics. UArizona ranks among nation’s top public […]