Arizona Bioscience News: GPEC wins $750K grant to help entrepreneurs; ACA announces contest finalists; HonorHealth breaks ground on sixth hospital

December 13, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

GPEC wins grant to spur Valley medtech innovations / Phoenix Business Journal

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council won a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to accelerate about 45 wearable and medical technology entrepreneurs in the Phoenix area.

UA physiology professor receives grant for work on paralysis / KGUN

A University of Arizona physiology professor received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the use of artificial intelligence to produce movement in otherwise paralyzed limbs.

20 finalists named in Arizona Commerce Authority’s fall innovation challenge / Phoenix Business Journal

Four bio and life science early-stage companies are among the 20 finalists in the Arizona Commerce Authority’s biannual Arizona Innovation Challenge business plan competition that will award up to 10 firms with as much as $150,000 each.

AZBio gets EDA grant to boost innovation / AZ Big Media
The Arizona Bioindustry Association has been awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to support the creation of a sustainable seed fund for bio and life science innovation in Arizona.

Pharmacy company opens 400-employee Phoenix facility / Phoenix Business Journal

A California-based pharmacy company has opened a Phoenix facility that produces drugs for use at health-care facilities such as hospitals and clinics, rather than individual patients, leading to jobs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, chemists, and microbiologists.

HonorHealth breaks ground on 6th hospital / AZ Big Media
HonorHealth has started construction on its sixth hospital, the $170 million three-story, 210,000-square-foot HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center in north Phoenix that will include an inpatient hospital, ambulatory surgery center and outpatient center when it opens in 2020. Read more: HonorHealth breaks ground in north Phoenix on 6th hospital Thursday

UA team targeting brain cancer with genetic research / Arizona Public Media

A group of University of Arizona researchers believe they’ve found an important clue that lies in the DNA found in the cells of long-term and short-term survivors of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, that could indicate how much longer the patient has to live.

Discovering new cancer treatments by studying cacti / KJZZ
Two Arizona State University researchers who have helped set up a cactus garden on the Tempe campus filled with plants with malformations will be opening a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic for late-stage breast cancer patients.