Biozona Weekly: ASU, NantWorks hub; BioAccel winners; Mayo approval

May 21, 2015

By Matt Ellsworth

mayo-clinic-logoThe new bio-medical campus is a safe investment in life
5/21/15 | Arizona Republic | Opinion

The deal struck between the city of Phoenix, Arizona State University and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks is a good one that will lift Phoenix’s bioscience profile and increase the number of people in the Valley working on the cutting edge of medical science.

Wasabi Ventures expands into Arizona
5/21/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Tim Gallen

Early-stage venture capital firm Wasabi Ventures is setting up shop in metro Phoenix, reports AZ Tech Beat, and will operate cohorts in Flagstaff and Tucson.

Phoenix approves ASU plan for downtown biomedical campus
5/19/15 | Arizona Republic | Brenna Goth

A technology-based health research hub, proposed by Arizona State University in partnership with NantWorks, the company led by billionaire doctor and entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, was approved by the Phoenix City Council and will provide a major expansion to the downtown biomedical campus. Read also: Phoenix agrees to ASU, NantWorks biomedical project

UA researcher wins $792K grant for cancer study

5/19/15 | Arizona Public Media | Staff Report

University of Arizona cancer researcher Pascale Charest won a four-year, $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study breast cancer metastasis.

And the winners of BioAccel’s Scorpion Pit challenge are…

5/18/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Startup companies TinyKicks and Omni BioCeutical Innovations will receive a combined $135,000 in funding from BioAccel’s Solutions Challenge, where the two startups competed against other local entrepreneurs in the second annual “Scorpion Pit” competition. Read also: Five health firms endure BioAccel’s ‘scorpion pit’ competition

UA plant scientists adjust to public worries over GMOs
5/16/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Tom Beal

Eliot Herman and his wife, Monica Schmidt, are part of a research team at the Bio5 Research Institute at UA that is breeding a soybean that could be valuable as an organic feed source for fish and other animals.

Phoenix area struggles to attract U.S. seed money
5/16/15 | Arizona Republic | Ronald J. Hansen

The Phoenix area is doing reasonably well at creating tech-based startup companies, but had a slow first quarter in attracting venture capital.

Eye-controlled robotic arms could fit over paralyzed limbs

5/16/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

A doctor recognized for developing bionic arms for amputees now wants to help people with quadriplegia–using his UA mentor as the test patient–resulting in a partnership between UA, a team of experts from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Harmony Robotics, a Baltimore-based company.

Mayo Medical School gets state approval for $150M Arizona branch campus
5/15/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Mayo Medical School has received licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for its $150 million Arizona branch campus, allowing Mayo to expand its medical school to its Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale and allow medical students to train at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix beginning in 2017.

Goodwill, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies take home Phoenix Chamber Impact Award for businesses of the year
5/13/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Ilana Lowery

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies won the 2015 Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award for Business of the Year in the small-to-medium company category, the latest award for the company that takes donated human tissue to create scaffolding products used in spinal and dental surgeries.

AZ Commerce Authority names 25 semifinalists in latest Innovation Challenge
5/12/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Four bioscience companies were among the 25 semifinalists named by the Arizona Commerce Authority in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge, the biannual business plan competition that awards up to $250,000 in capital to grow startups. Read also: 25 semifinalists announced in Arizona startup contest

Health care app developer moves HQ from California to Scottsdale
5/12/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Eric Jay Toll

Gobiquity Mobile Health, which publishes a pediatric vision screener on a smart phone, is moving its headquarters from Southern California to Scottsdale with plans to hire more employees.

Phoenix-area mentors focus on young women interested in STEAM careers

5/11/15 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

San Francisco-based Girls in Tech, a nonprofit that engages women in the technology industry, held its inaugural Catalyst Conference in Phoenix, part of an effort to mentor and encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Banner-University Medical Center involved study discovers more effective treatment for trauma
5/11/15 | KVOA | Anthony Victor Reyes

A national multicenter clinical trial, which involved Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, found a more effective treatment for trauma patients suffering from severe blood loss.