Arizona Bioscience News: NIH funds $9M; New Eloy hospital; Innovation Challenge awardees

December 14, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

ACA announces awardees for the 2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge / Greater Phoenix InBusiness

Two bio and life sciences companies—Dx4Liver, Inc. of Scottsdale and Macula Vision Systems of Oro Valley—were among the 10 awardees of the 2023 Arizona Innovation Challenge that will participate in the Venture Ready Accelerator to increase investor readiness.

NIH funds $9M Indigenous-led Tribal Data Repository partly housed at ASU / KJZZ

The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, an NIH program launched three years ago to improve COVID-19 diagnostics, has awarded $9 million to support the first Indigenous-led Tribal Data Repository in the U.S. across six institutions, including Arizona State University.

Former RadiusAI co-CEO Susan Sly launches new company to revolutionize women’s health / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

RadiusAI co-founder Susan Sly, along with Dr. Mia Chorney, a Valley-based nurse practitioner and chief product officer of TPT Inc., have founded, a platform offering expert guidance and curated resources for women navigating various stages of menopause.

Eloy’s first hospital adds to home, industrial construction in growing part of Pinal County / Phoenix Business Journal

Exceptional Healthcare’s plan to build a community hospital in Eloy—one of seven or eight hospitals the company plans to build in Arizona over the next two or three years—will add to the development wave that’s coming to the small city in a rapidly growing area of Pinal County.

McCarthy and SmithGroup will develop UArizona’s CAMI / AZ Big Media

The University of Arizona Health Sciences has selected the design-build team of McCarthy + SmithGroup of Phoenix to develop the Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies, or CAMI, a biomedical research hub focused on developing biological therapies that stimulate or suppress the immune system to fight disease.

NAU launches College of Medicine to address state’s physician shortage / Flagstaff Business News (Op-ed)

José Luis Cruz Rivera, president of Northern Arizona University, writes that NAU Health, an initiative aimed at improving health outcomes for Arizonans, particularly those in rural, Indigenous and underserved communities, will create a national model for medical education and double degrees awarded in high-demand healthcare programs.

My View: 2023 shows power of collaboration in Arizona’s tech sector / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes about the highlights of 2023 in the state’s tech sector, including the SciTech Institute which teamed with TSMC and Deer Valley Unified School District to support Taiwanese students new to the country in connecting with each other, their American peers, and their school communities through STEM.

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