Arizona Bioscience News: ASU, Mesa break ground on building; Venture Madness names finalists; Bio firm adds Phoenix research space

January 16, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

ASU’s $73.5M ‘innovation hub’ going up in downtown Mesa / Arizona Republic

Mesa and Arizona State University broke ground on a $73.5 million downtown Mesa facility that will include film and arts as well as technology programs to explore augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D modeling for innovations that could aid health care and other industries.
Read more: Phoenix coworking space expanding into Mesa through university partnership

Valley-centric contingent among 27 finalists for Venture Madness / Phoenix Business Journal

The 27 Venture Madness 2020 finalists, representing companies from four industries, including technology and medical, will compete in a live pitch competition in February for a chance to win a $15,000 cash prize.
Read more: Invest Southwest names 2020 Venture Madness finalists

Mesa surgeon uses new methods to fix babies’ skulls without transfusions / KTAR

A pediatric surgeon at Banner Health Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa is applying new techniques to a procedure that corrects defects in babies’ skulls that can reduce the need for blood transfusions.

Biotech company doubles space in Phoenix, ramps up hiring after IPO / Phoenix Business Journal

Castle Biosciences Inc., which develops and sells diagnostic and prognostic tests for dermatologic cancers, has doubled its footprint in Phoenix by signing a new lease for a clinical lab facility adjacent to its existing research operations.

Here is Arizona’s business outlook for 2020 / AZ Big Media

Arizona health care experts representing hospitals, research institutes, bioscience companies, and trade associations provide their outlook for 2020.

Genetic testing urged for women with a family history of breast cancer / Cronkite News

The Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic in Phoenix and HonorHealth are both offering testing for BRCA gene mutations as an invaluable tool in the early detection of breast cancer.

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