Arizona Bioscience News: Breezing, Paradigm named Innovation Challenge awardees; Mayo Clinic Arizona CEO to leave; UA researchers build endoscopes to fight cancer

December 20, 2018

By brianpowell

Flinn Foundation employment opportunity - VP bioscience research10 Valley startups named as winners of Arizona Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal

Bioscience companies Breezing Sciences and Paradigm Diagnostics are among the 10 awardees of the Fall 2018 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Arizona Commerce Authority, earning up to $150,000 each.

Arizona Mayo Clinic CEO to join Minnesota-based health care giant / Phoenix Business Journal

Dr. Wyatt Decker, who served as CEO for Mayo Clinic in Arizona for the past eight years, will leave next month to take a senior executive role with Optum, a part of UnitedHealth Group. Dr. Lois Krahn has been named interim CEO while a search for a permanent replacement is made.

Seeking new ways to detect gynecological cancers, UA teams building better endoscopes / Arizona Daily Star

Two groups of researchers at the University of Arizona are developing new tools for detecting cancer, including a disposable endoscope that can get a clear image of the Fallopian tubes, where the most lethal and common forms of ovarian cancer originate, and an endoscope that can be attached to a smartphone to detect cervical cancer.

Researchers study Alzheimer’s gene across diverse Latino populations / KJZZ

A federally-funded study sought patterns in an Alzheimer’s-related gene among nearly 11,000 Latinos from diverse subgroups in a number of U.S. cities. Read more: Hispanics, blacks more likely to develop Alzheimer’s; cardiovascular diseases may be a factor

$200M Valley medical project set to break ground early next year / Phoenix Business Journal

Construction is expected to start early next year on GrandeVita, a 20-acre campus in Mesa that will include 700,000 square feet of independent and assisted living, medical offices, a luxury tower and condos, nursing school, and rehab clinic.

UA names dean for proposed veterinary science program in Oro Valley / Inside Tucson Business

Veterinarian and national leader in online education Julie Funk in March will become the dean of the proposed College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Envisioning STEM education for all / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes about a new report issued by the Committee on STEM Education of the National Science & Technology Council that lays out a vision on how to achieve success in STEM education.