Welcome to Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, a long-term strategic plan originally commissioned by the Flinn Foundation in 2002 and updated in 2014 with the goal of Arizona becoming globally competitive and a national leader in select areas of the biosciences by 2025.
The updated Roadmap features five overarching goals, as well as 17 strategies, 77 potential actions, and five “transformative measures” to help the state achieve this vision. The goals include forming an entrepreneurial hub; turning research into practice; developing bio-talent; promoting Arizona’s convergence of research, health care, and commercialization to economic partners in neighboring states, Canada, and Mexico; and enhancing the state’s “collaborative gene” reputation.
Since the launch of the Roadmap, eight steps have been identified as priorities by Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. This group is comprised of more than 100 state leaders in science, business, economic development, academia, and government that meet quarterly to guide the Roadmap.
The updated plan was compiled by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice based on research and input from Arizona science, business, academic and policy leaders as well as national bioscience experts. Battelle also produced the comprehensive study released in 2002 that found Arizona possessed many of the essential elements needed to become a global leader in niche areas in the biosciences, but must strengthen its biomedical-research base and build a critical mass of bioscience firms and jobs.
Throughout the Roadmap’s first decade, Battelle tracked performance data that was released annually by the Flinn Foundation. The performance metrics released in 2014 serve as the benchmark for the second decade of the Roadmap, with new data reported on a biennial basis. The most current data is available in “2015 Progress of the Biosciences in Arizona,” a report produced by TEConomy Partners (formerly Battelle) and released in March 2016. The Flinn Foundation will continue to track the progress of the bioscience sector each year by highlighting the state’s major developments.