Arizona Bioscience News: GCOI Awards celebrates visionaries; Banner Alzheimer’s launches new trial; Ventana wins test approval

November 9, 2017

By Matt Ellsworth

DispatchHealth expands to Phoenix to offer ER house calls with mobile app / Phoenix Business Journal

Denver-based DispatchHealth is expanding into the Phoenix market with its mobile app where patients are connected to an emergency-trained provider who visits them in person to treat everything from minor illnesses to an injury to complex clinical cases.

Ventana/Roche wins approval for lung-cancer drug test / Arizona Daily Star

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a companion diagnostic test for treatment of non-small cell lung cancer developed by Roche Tissue Diagnostics, known locally as Ventana Medical Systems.

Novartis and Amgen extend collaboration to launch second trial in Alzheimer’s / Science Business

The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) will collaborate with Amgen and Novartis in the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative Generation Study II to assess if the beta-secretase (BACE1) inhibitor CNP520 can prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in a high-risk population.

Regents to vote on $8 million in renovations for UA’s proposed veterinary program campus / Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on an $8 million renovation of the Oro Valley building—to be completed in 2019—that will house the University of Arizona’s new veterinary medicine program and feature classrooms, laboratories and veterinary surgical suites.

See who won this year’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority celebrated the visionaries of Arizona’s technology ecosystem by recognizing companies, executives, university professors, high school teachers, students, and legislators at the 14th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards.

See the 25 semifinalists named for fall 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Commerce Authority has announced the 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, including eight bio and life science startups vying for up to $250,000.

Arizona scientists study dog minds to better understand our own / KJZZ

The researchers at the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona are asking what our canine companions can tell us about ourselves.