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

Flinn entrepreneurship program seeking applications  

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

Flinn Foundation seed grants research program opens application

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

Arizona BioPreneur Conference attracts investors, capital experts

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

Now in its third year, the Arizona BioPreneur Conference featured interactive presentations by angel investors and venture capital experts, Arizona Commerce Authority representatives and breakout sessions. Keynote speaker Deborah Magid, the director of software strategy for IBM Ventures, can be seen in this video from the conference sharing her global expertise on innovation and growth areas. [Read 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

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

Record-setting VC; genomic surveillance of COVID-19; Venture Madness winners; & more Arizona Bioscience News

Arizona sets new venture capital investment record following strong third quarter / AZ Inno During the third quarter, venture capitalists funded 41 deals in Arizona worth more than $566 million, including $45 million for Mesa-based eVisit, a telehealth platform for health systems and hospitals. How many COVID-19 cases are now delta variants? Nearly all of […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Physician raises capital; Innovation Challenge semifinalists; Arizona Bioscience Week

Watch ‘Celebrating Life & Science’ now to kick off bioscience week / AZ Big Media “Celebrating Life & Science,” a special one-hour broadcast that debuted during Arizona Bioscience Week, featured Arizona’s health care and innovation leaders and companies honored with an annual Arizona Bioindustry Association award. Read more: Arizona Bioscience Week celebrates AZ scientists who […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: UArizona’s $60M grant; Venture Madness 2021; COVID-19 in Arizona

UArizona researchers receive grant to study aging brain / KVOA The University of Arizona has received a five-year, $60 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create the Precision Aging Network to develop a more effective brain aging treatment targeted to each person. Here’s what to expect at Venture Madness 2021, Arizona’s largest […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Accelerators win federal grants; Bio pioneering innovations; COVID-19 vaccines

3 Arizona accelerators win grants to boost underrepresented entrepreneurs / Phoenix Business Journal Three business accelerators in Arizona— Seed Spot, the University of Arizona Center for Innovation and Startup Tucson—have been awarded $50,000 each as part of a Small Business Administration grant program focused on increasing entrepreneurial diversity. TGen to study long COVID-19 in youths […]