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 featuring the latest Arizona bioscience data and developments.
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The latest data released in April 2020 tracks the performance of Arizona's bioscience sector.
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A group of about 100 leaders guiding and pursuing the goals of Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap.
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Ecosystem resources and a searchable database & map of firms and organizations.
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A Flinn Foundation program provides $30,000 plus benefits through a partner to six bio 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.

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

Find funding, partners, companies, and jobs with new Bioscience Directory

A new comprehensive Bioscience Directory launched by the Flinn Foundation includes an interactive map with more than 1,000 companies and organizations and detailed resources for the people working to advance the biosciences in Arizona.

The BioMap is a searchable database by organization name or city, subsector, or legislative district, plus an interactive map of businesses based in large metropolitan areas and rural towns. The resources—which target entrepreneurs, job seekers, investors, researchers, and elected officials— help connect them to each other as well as other leaders, programs, and events throughout the bioscience ecosystem. [Read More]


Bioscience

Flinn Foundation program offering $30K for bioscience startups opens application

The application is now open for the 2021 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program, which provides funding, professional support, and networking opportunities to Arizona early-stage bioscience firms. 

The program provides $30,000 in non-dilutive funding support for up to six firms each year, administered through a nonprofit partner, and a professionally developed, yearlong plan specific to the needs of the individual firms. In addition, opportunities are offered to the competitively selected firms to engage with the state’s bioscience, academic, and policy leaders. [Learn more and apply]


Bioscience

Preparing for COVID-19 during flu season


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and hospitals face an uncertain future as they prepare for a potential new wave of COVID-19 cases that would coincide with the peak of flu season.

New methods of testing being developed by Arizona’s universities and research institutes, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services, could become more accessible for physicians in the coming months, playing a critical role in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. [Read More]


Bioscience

Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine: The intersection of environmental stewardship and science education

Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine (2014)  is director of education at Biosphere 2 and a science-faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. 

Bonine writes about how he serves southern Arizona nonprofits, the K-12 education system, and UArizonathe impact of COVID-19 on Biosphere 2 and Tucsonthe value of the Flinn-Brown Network, and how his work advances the biosciences, research, and a culture of innovation and creative excellence. [Read More]


Bioscience

TGen’s online MindCrowd research project aims to provide a personalized guide for successful brain aging

A 10-minute online memory test is gathering data from around the world with the hope that one day physicians will be able to recommend a personalized way for their patients to improve brain performance as they age.

The MindCrowd research project, developed by the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, in partnership with the University of Arizona and Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, has been aided by more than 135,000 participants over the past seven years from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. This article was written by the Flinn Foundation and first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Arizona Physician magazine, a publication of the Maricopa County Medical Society. [Read More]


Bioscience

Flinn Foundation extends grantmaking response to COVID-19 in Arizona

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening and profoundly changing Arizonans’ lives, the Flinn Foundation has made more than $450,000 in a series of emergency grants to protect frontline health-care workers, accelerate development of therapeutics, and support outbreak modeling and tracking.

Recipients of the grants include FABRIC, a fashion incubator in Tempe which is manufacturing PPE; two research centers at Northern Arizona University; researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute; and the Arizona Community Foundation emergency support fund to aid nonprofits. [Read more]


Bioscience

Arizona sees record-high bio capital, research funding; strong gains in jobs, wages

Arizona’s bioscience sector is performing at its highest level since data tracking began nearly two decades ago, helping to position universities, research institutes, companies, and clinicians to play an instrumental role in Arizona’s response to the new coronavirus.

The April 15 report, the latest Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap performance analysis commissioned by the Flinn Foundation, showed nearly 10,000 new bioscience jobs were created over a two-year span and wages increased nearly 9%. Arizona also reached record highs in venture-capital funding, National Institute of Health grants, and university research and development. [Read more]


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Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Billions invested in Phoenix bio, health care; UArizona, ASU move up in rankings

The Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union, formed in April with representatives from Translational Genomics Research Institute and the state’s three public universities, revealed that Arizona’s first COVID-19 case in January was successfully contained and the strain that led to community transmission entered in mid-February. The novel coronavirus is mutating slowly, Arizona researchers say, as Arizona State […]

Bioscience

Find funding, partners, companies, and jobs with new Bioscience Directory

A new comprehensive Bioscience Directory launched by the Flinn Foundation includes an interactive map with more than 1,000 companies and organizations and detailed resources for the people working to advance the biosciences in Arizona. The Arizona BioMap is a searchable database by organization name or city, subsector, or legislative district, plus an interactive map of […]

Bioscience

Flinn Foundation program offering $30K for bioscience startups opens application

The application is now open for the 2021 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program, which offers funding, professional support, and networking opportunities to Arizona early-stage bioscience firms. The program provides $30,000 in non-dilutive funding support for up to six firms each year, administered through a nonprofit partner, and a professionally developed, yearlong plan specific to the […]