Arizona Bioscience News: New Flinn leadership; UA’s StartUpHub; Taiwan bio delegation

June 6, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

Gray Metal Microscope

Flinn Foundation names new leaders as longtime executive retires / Greater Phoenix In Business
Flinn Foundation Executive Vice President Brad Halvorsen, who has been key to the success of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap and Flinn’s entrepreneurship and translational research programs, is retiring this month. Vice President, Communications Matt Ellsworth has been promoted to chief administrative officer, and Stacy Sullivan, who has worked for the Arizona Republic and Gannett’s USA Today Network for more than 25 years, has been named vice president, communications.

University of Arizona online hub aims to spur collaboration between entrepreneurs, inventors / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)
StartupHub, a new online hub launched by the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona, aims to help tech entrepreneurs learn about new inventions and research coming out of the school—in diagnostics, digital health, medical devices, and more—that can provide opportunities to launch or join startups.

Taiwan bioscience delegation set to explore innovation in Phoenix / KTAR
A delegation from Taiwan, which includes business and startup founders, hospital leaders, and other bioscience industry leaders, announced a Phoenix visit to explore bioscience research and development at Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix Bioscience Core, Mayo Clinic’s Discovery Oasis, and Dignity Health’s Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Medical Quarter.

HonorHealth is first to implant new stroke-prevention stent / AZ Big Media
A patient at HonorHealth Research Institute is one of the nation’s first — and the first in Arizona and the Southwest — to undergo a non-surgical, catheter-based procedure with a new type of stroke-prevention stent that eliminates blockages in neck arteries that could potentially cause a deadly stoke by depriving the brain of oxygen.

New COVID-19 variants account for more than a third of current cases. Here’s what you need to know / KJZZ
Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, talks about the two new COVID-19 variants and what they could mean heading into the summer travel season.

Research group to lay off 45 Phoenix workers, citing drop in federal funding / Phoenix Business Journal
All of Us Research Program, which was created by the National Institutes of Health nearly six years ago with a partnership between Banner Health and the University of Arizona, says a decline in federal funding will lead to layoffs from the program building a dataset to allow researchers to investigate hundreds of diseases in diverse populations.

Local partnership aims to increase skin cancer awareness and prevention /AZ Big Media (Op-ed)
Joan Koerber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona Bioindustry Association, writes about Castle Biosciences, a leading diagnostics firm with laboratories in Arizona, and its partnership with national nonprofit IMPACT Melanoma and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department to launch a community health initiative aimed at promoting sun safety in Phoenix.

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