Arizona Bioscience News: California firm chooses Chandler; Cancer services headed to Sun City; New health records for Tucson hospitals

September 10, 2015

By Amy Pitney

Women ScientistWorld-renowned cancer center services come to Sun City /

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert is opening an $8.9 million radiation-oncology facility on the campus of Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City that will feature two of the latest, state-of-the-art treatment devices as well as modern exam rooms.

Here’s why a California pharmaceutical firm chose Chandler to locate 500 jobs / Phoenix Business Journal

Bay Area-based DaVita Rx, the nation’s largest specialty kidney-care pharmacy, selected Chandler over four other markets for a new 500-job facility.

Memphis biotech company buys Arizona device maker / Memphis Business Journal

Lake Havasu City-based Otomed, a 41-year-old surgical product supplier company with a niche in the ear, nose and throat realm, has been acquired by Memphis-based Grace Medical, but its 12 employees will remain in Arizona.

Banner scrapping $115M UA Health records system / Arizona Daily Star

Banner Health says its two Tucson hospitals will not keep a $115 million electronic health-records system that went live in 2013, instead transitioning to a system used at nearly all of Banner Health’s hospitals.

Desert View students participate in UA research internship / Arizona Daily Star

Seven students from Desert View High School in Tucson were paired with University of Arizona researchers in various STEM fields, including bioscience, engineering and pharmacology, and spent seven weeks in laboratories as part of an internship.

Our Turn: At Phoenix med school, failure is no option / Arizona Republic

School leaders say that nothing short of full accreditation of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix is an acceptable outcome, affirm their commitment to address any and all issues, and are confident in the college’s future as a top-tier medical school.