Arizona Bioscience News: Creighton expands Phoenix health programs; NACET hires new CEO; Eloy’s guayule plant research

November 3, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

nacet2Tucson’s NuvOx wins $300K grant / Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-based biotech drug startup NuvOx Pharma has been awarded a grant of nearly $300,000 from the National Cancer Institute to study a targeted contrast agent for breast cancer.

ASU radiation test uses genes to triage nuclear attack victims / Arizona Science Desk

A device being developed by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute could soon help doctors triage victims of a nuclear attack by gauging their exposure to ionizing radiation via changes in gene expression.

Doctors transfer the power of gut bacteria / Arizona Daily Sun

The infectious disease team at Flagstaff Medical Center performed its first two fecal-matter transplants and, after seeing successful results, is considering other patients for the procedure that boosts the good bacteria in the recipient’s digestive tract.

Phoenix-area hospitals invest in high-cost gear to treat, cure disease / Phoenix Business Journal

Technology has become entwined with fighting cancer at Valley hospitals and clinics, which are loading up on technology to better care for patients.

Survivor’s tale: How new cancer treatments in the Valley are giving hope to those afflicted with the disease / Phoenix Business Journal

Researchers, health-care groups, and others have banded together to study various forms of cancer in the Valley, and with new facilities and major National Institutes of Health grants, have built a growing mecca for cancer research and treatment with the potential to draw businesses and patients.

New CEO hired at NACET in Flagstaff / Arizona Daily Sun

The Northern Arizona Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology, which oversees Flagstaff’s city-supported business incubator and accelerator programs, has hired Scott Hathcock as CEO from the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, where he served as vice president of business development.

Eloy lab working to stretch guayule plant into a profit / Casa Grande Dispatch

One of the most prominent places for researching guayule is a small farm in Eloy owned by Bridgestone Tire Corporation, where scientists are studying not only making rubber from the plant but how it could become an energy source.

Creighton University expands Phoenix health-education program / Arizona Republic

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, District Medical Group Inc., and Creighton University School of Medicine entered into an agreement to expand and develop programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health to help bring more doctors and health professionals to Arizona. Read also: Creighton med school agreement with Arizona partners means more training options for CU students

We need to stop sweeping ASU’s premedical program under the rug / The State Press (Opinion)

Although Arizona State University does not have a medical school, its biological-sciences undergraduate programs offer more than adequate preparation for medical school and a career in medicine.