Biozona Weekly: Innovation Challenge winners; Expanded cancer center; Tech Council agenda

December 18, 2013

By hammersmith

Arizona Commerce Authority names winners of Innovation Challenge
12/18/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced the six winners of its Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge, a business-plan competition that awards $1.5 million twice a year to the most qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies.

Tech group backs measures to spur high-tech investment
12/18/13 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner

The Arizona Technology Council has unveiled its 2014 legislative agenda that once again features a bill to expand the state’s research and development tax credit along with a modified proposal to create a pool of money to be invested in early-stage tech companies.

Biosciences creating prosperity
12/17/13 | Flagstaff Business News | Rich Bowen (Op-Ed) 

With a solid foundation upon which to build, Flagstaff also possesses the characteristics, infrastructure and leadership that have made other cities around the country successful in the biosciences.

SynCardia Systems lands $14M to develop artificial heart technology
12/17/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems Inc. has raised $14 million to develop a smaller version of its Total Artificial Heart and market its Freedom portable driver, which is expected to get clearance soon from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Banner Gilbert nears completion of expanded cancer center
12/17/13 | Arizona Republic | Parker Leavitt

Banner Health is nearing completion of a $63 million expansion at the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert that will roughly double the size of the outpatient hospital to keep up with surging demand for cancer treatment.

FUSD to get STEM help from AZ Science Center
12/15/13 | Arizona Daily Sun | Michelle McManimon

The Arizona Science Center is partnering with Flagstaff Unified School District to enhance science, technology, engineering and math instruction in the classroom.

U of A College of Medicine students log thousands of volunteer hours in community

12/13/13 | Downtown Devil | Clarissa Cooper

In the past year and a half, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix have spent more than 4,000 hours volunteering in the community and helping to provide medical care for low-income or uninsured people.

Foundation hopes to shift teaching method

12/12/13 | Arizona Republic | Luci Scott

Arizona’s three public universities could become national models and magnets for teaching science, technology, engineering and math if Science Foundation Arizona has its way.