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.

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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 2023 progress report featuring the latest Arizona bioscience data and developments.
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The latest data highlights 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 more than 1,200 firms and organizations.
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The Flinn program provides $30,000 in funding to six firms each year.
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The Flinn seed-grants program awards research teams with $100,000 grants each year.
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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

Six Arizona startups driving biosciences forward in 2024

Arizona-based bioscience companies developing blood tests to diagnose cancer and other diseases more quickly and accurately, AI tools to automate lab work, and an alternative way to treat itchiness in dogs have been selected for the 2024 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. 

Four of the six early-stage companies representing the 11th cohort of the program are based in Tucson and two are based in the Phoenix area, including one in Carefree. Each startup will receive $30,000 in non-dilutive funding as well as exclusive opportunities to engage with the state’s bioscience, academic, and policy leaders throughout the year. Since 2014, the Flinn Foundation has selected 66 Arizona bioscience firms in 11 cohorts to participate in the program through a competitive process. [Learn more]


Bioscience

Join us April 22 for ‘The Latest in Arizona Biosciences’

Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap—the state’s long-term strategic plan to develop a thriving bioscience hub—has entered its third decade. Find out how we are faring by attending the Flinn Foundation’s annual event on the progress of Arizona’s bioscience sector.

The virtual event will take place from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Monday, April 22.

Mitch Horowitz and Ryan Helwig, principals of TEConomy Partners, will reveal the latest performance metrics on Arizona bioscience and hospital jobs, wages, federal grants, venture capital, university tech-transfer, and other measures. [Register]

 


Bioscience

Heather Carter, Jennifer Barton to lead Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee

Heather Carter and Jennifer Barton, accomplished Arizona leaders in the biosciences, higher education, and public policy, have been named chair and vice chair of the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee.

The committee, administered by the Flinn Foundation, is the statewide leadership group responsible for overseeing the long-term strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the state’s bioscience sector.

Carter, a former legislator, is the senior vice chancellor of external affairs for Maricopa Community Colleges. Barton, a biomedical engineer, researcher, and inventor, is the director of the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute in Tucson. [Read more]


Bioscience

Flinn Foundation adds bioscience, health care advocates to board of directors

Arizona business leaders Chris Camacho and Adam Goodman—the heads of Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Goodmans, respectively—have been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

Camacho, an advocate for the biosciences and the arts has served as president and CEO of the economic development organization for nearly a decade. GPEC’s Healthcare Innovation Council supports improvement in population health outcomes, policy that enhances innovation investment, and workforce development. Goodman represents the third generation to lead the Goodmans family business, a furniture and office design company.

Goodman, an ardent supporter of the arts, journalism, and health care, is also a 2023 Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Flinn-Brown Fellow. [Read more]


Bioscience

Flinn awards seed grants to 10 Arizona research teams 

Ten research teams from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Mayo Clinic have been awarded $100,000 each from the Flinn Foundation Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program to help turn their findings into viable treatments and diagnostics.

Skin and cervical cancer, autism, asthma, respiratory pathogens, severe burn injuries, and antibiotic resistant bacteria are some of the conditions being studied by the Arizona-based scientists and clinicians. At the end of the 18-month grant period, two of the most successful grants will be awarded follow-on grants of up to $100,000 more. [Read more]


News and Updates

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Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: New Banner Health CEO; $231M Startup funds; Venture Madness 2024; Third TSMC factory

Banner Health’s Peter Fine announces retirement; new CEO named / Phoenix Business Journal |

Peter Fine will retire as CEO of Banner Health in June after 24 years and will be replaced by Amy Perry, president of Banner Health who joined the Phoenix-based organization in 2021.

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Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: 2024 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program; Latino skin cancer; STEM Celebration

Skin cancer in Latinos on the rise / Arizona PBS |

Dr. Miguel Gonzalez-Velez, a melanoma and sarcoma physician at Dignity Health Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, discusses skin cancer rates among Hispanics in Arizona, which have increased over the past two decades.

Bioscience

Six Arizona startups driving biosciences forward in 2024

Arizona-based bioscience companies developing blood tests to diagnose cancer and other diseases more quickly and accurately, AI tools to automate lab work, and an alternative way to treat itchiness in dogs have been selected for the 2024 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program.   Four of the six early-stage companies representing the 11th cohort of the […]

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Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: Banner Heath Center Plus; Native veterans Telehealth; Children’s allergies; Valley startups pitch

Banner Health eyes medical offices in Scottsdale as part of large hospital campus / Phoenix Business Journal Phoenix-based Banner Health has plans for a new three-story, 119,500-square-foot “Banner Health Center Plus” medical office building on about 15 acres near Loop 101 and Hayden Road, part of a $400 million hospital campus on the 48-acre Scottsdale […]