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 latest progress report featuring Arizona bioscience data and 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 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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View the Flinn Foundation's portfolio of bioscience research 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

Seven Arizona bio startups earn $30K through entrepreneurship program

Artificial intelligence to assist Alzheimer’s disease caregivers, rapid virus screeners, a headband to monitor for concussions, and new technologies for surgeries and drug discovery are some of the innovations of the participants in the 2021 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program.

Seven Arizona-based firms will each receive $30,000 in funding support through a nonprofit partner, a personalized learning plan to help advance the company, and connections with the state’s bioscience leaders in business, research, and policy. [Read More]


Bioscience

Arizona executives named to lead statewide bioscience committee

Eve Ross and Heather Carter have been named the new leaders of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, the group that oversees the advancement of the state’s bioscience ecosystem.

Ross, a retired W.L. Gore & Associates executive, will serve as chair and former state legislator Heather Carter, executive vice president of Greater Phoenix Leadership, will serve as vice chair. The committee is comprised of more than 100 Arizona leaders from the private and public sectors in science, research, health care, business and industry, academia, policy, and workforce development and works to pursue the goals of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, the long-term strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the state’s bioscience sector. [Read More]


Bioscience

Flinn Scholar alums in health care reflect on COVID-19 vaccination

Over the past 35 years, students in the Flinn Scholars Program have pursued careers in dozens of fields, from software engineering, to the diplomatic corps, to filmmaking. But no area has drawn more Flinn Scholars—more than 80 in all—than health care.

In 2020, then, Flinn Scholar alumni across the country have assumed frontline roles responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They range from Cathy Romero, a 1989 Flinn Scholar from Willcox High School, who now works as a family physician at the Gila Valley Clinic in Safford, serving the communities of rural southeast Arizona; to Shanan Immel, a 2011 Flinn Scholar from McClintock High School in Tempe, who graduated early from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix to begin fighting the pandemic and began his internal-medicine residency in July at Tulane University in New Orleans. [Read More]


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]


News and Updates

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Banner Alzheimer’s $27.5M grant; BD to build Tucson plant

The Arizona State University Biodesign Institute is finding the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the U.K., is continuing its growth in Arizona and is now present in about half of the lab’s samples. The University of Arizona is recruiting college students to study whether vaccinated people can spread COVID-19. And learn how White […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; CND Life Sciences raises $2.4M; ASU, Wexford celebrate building opening

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has discovered a new COVID-19 variant—with 15 of the 17 identified cases in Arizona—including the E484K mutation that may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines and antibody treatments. This finding is in addition to previously established variants being found in Arizona, including B.1.351 that originated in South Africa. Arizona’s weekly case […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

As vaccine slots open to all adults, Gov. Doug Ducey lifts COVID-19 restrictions and prohibits local mask mandates in most instances. While new cases remain low, the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant, first spotted in the U.K., is now present in about a third of test samples analyzed by the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute.  A […]

Bioscience

Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Banner Health, Phoenix Children’s expanding; PHX Startup Week coming in April

The Navajo Nation has a death rate from COVID-19 that is three times higher than Arizona’s, but today cases have dramatically dropped and vaccination rates are outpacing the state. Arizona is seeing more cases that carry the B.1.1.7 variant first spotted in the U.K., and three cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil […]