Arizona Bioscience News: Flagstaff Business Accelerator; UA awarded ranch; Bio company expansion

July 23, 2015

By Amy Pitney

NACETNew Flagstaff Business Accelerator provides space for new entrepreneurs / Arizona Daily Sun

The Flagstaff Business Accelerator, a new 28,000-square-foot building with 25 offices, six labs and three light-manufacturing spaces to be run by the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, opened this week across the street from NACET’s business incubator.

White House dubs Tempe ‘Alzheimer’s-friendly city’ / Arizona Republic

Tempe, dubbed an Alzheimer’s- and dementia-friendly city by the White House during its recent Conference on Aging, will join other governments in a pilot project to create a model that cities and states can emulate for residents who suffer from dementia.

University of Arizona wins $3M ranch for veterinary school / Phoenix Business Journal

The Steele Foundation has awarded a 45-acre ranch in Cornville to the University of Arizona, which will use the property for its proposed veterinary school and other programs.

Opinion: Sustaining startups critical to healthy economy / Arizona Daily Star

Martha Brumfield, president and CEO of the Tucson-based Critical Path Institute, says the not-for-profit organization is the embodiment of a public-private partnership model for startups, where investments from federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector, are vital.

Genetic mutation causes child’s appearance of aging / Arizona Republic

Translational Genomics Research Institute researchers with the Center for Rare Childhood Disorders conducted whole-genome sequencing on a DNA sample from a 3-year-old Tempe girl who has a condition that causes her to have almost no body fat and to appear to look much older than she actually is, resulting in the discovery of a specific mutation in a gene known as CAV1.

Women in STEM: NAU above U.S. average / Arizona Daily Sun

Northern Arizona University continues to enroll higher percentages of women in the science fields than the national average, despite small declines in the most popular majors.

Phoenix bioscience IPO on the horizon, with plans to hire 200 / Phoenix Business Journal

VisionGate Inc., the Phoenix-based developer of a 3-D cell microscope to detect lung cancer at its earliest stages, is making moves to go public.