Biozona Weekly: Flagstaff STEM celebration; Doctor entrepreneurs; BioAccel/GPEC grants

April 3, 2015

By Matt Ellsworth

5,000 attend STEM Celebration
4/3/15 | Arizona Daily Sun | Michelle McManimon

About 5,000 people of all ages attended the second annual Flagstaff City STEM Celebration that filled Northern Arizona University’s Walkup Skydome with interactive displays and learning opportunities.

Grant to lure more Native Americans into medicine
4/2/15 | Arizona Daily Sun | Mackenzie Concepcion (Cronkite News)

The Native American Research and Training Center at the UA College of Medicine has received a $975,000 federal grant to help Native American students pursue degrees in medical and health professions. Read also: New grant to help Native Americans become doctors

Realistic birthing mannequin helps train future doctors

4/2/15 | | Tess Rafols

A new high-tech mannequin at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, which births a life-like, full-term baby, will help train a new generation of doctors to deliver babies.

SynCardia gets FDA nod to study its smaller artificial heart
4/1/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an investigational study of SynCardia Systems Inc.’s smaller total artificial heart.

Medical metamorphosis: Doctors as entrepreneurs

3/31/15 | Arizona Republic | Sue Doerfler

A growing number of metro Phoenix physicians and medical professionals are becoming entrepreneurs and starting their own companies to develop products and devices that fit medical needs, helping to accomplish a goal of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap.

Parsing Ronald Reagan’s words for early signs of Alzheimer’s
3/30/15 | New York Times | Lawrence K. Altman

Two Arizona-based Alzheimer’s disease experts comment on new research by Arizona State University that studied Ronald Reagan’s speaking patterns, part of a larger effort to develop objective tests that would serve as bellwethers for Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.

HonorHealth is new name of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

3/30/15 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

HonorHealth is the new name of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, which was created 18 months ago with the merger of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. Read also: Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network christens new name

BioAccel, GPEC win piece of $10M U.S. Commerce innovation grants
3/30/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

BioAccel and Greater Phoenix Economic Council were among the first 26 recipients of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities across the country.

Job app wins GCU’s startup competition
3/30/15 | Arizona Republic | Sue Doerfler

Science innovations were among the five finalists at the Canyon Challenge, Grand Canyon University’s startup pitch competition that awarded the business ideas with financial prizes.

Placing Arizona medical students in rural areas still a challenge

3/25/15 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

UA College of Medicine hopes to keep more students in Arizona for their residencies to address the state’s physician shortage, especially in the rural areas. Read also: Pinetop-Lakeside med student learns his next destination

Entrepreneur: RightBio Metrics patents methods to keep patients safe
3/20/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Paul Gilbert, a Scottsdale-based emergency room doctor, founded the company RightBio Metrics that makes a medical device to help ensure tubes are placed in patients correctly.