Arizona Bioscience News: Tech Council names winners; C-Path expedites therapeutic development; University building plans move forward

October 12, 2017

By Amy Pitney

Critical Path Institute: Advancing therapeutics from Arizona for the world / Arizona Physician

The Critical Path Institute’s trailblazing work with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes may have a dramatic impact on the types of conversations physicians and their patients are having in the future.

ASU continues planning Phoenix Biomedical Campus expansion / Downtown Devil

Arizona State University has released draft plans for new development of multidisciplinary medical-innovation facilities on land adjacent to Bioscience High School in downtown Phoenix.

TGen completes agreement to purchase its headquarters from Phoenix / Phoenix Business Journal

The Translational Genomics Research Institute has completed the purchase of its headquarters building from the city of Phoenix, an acquisition made possible by TGen’s affiliation with Los Angeles-based City of Hope, which helped provide the financing to cover the $68 million in bond payments, plus an additional $3 million in cash.

Winners and finalists announced for 14th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced individual award winners and company award finalists—including several representatives of the biosciences—for the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards, to be presented Nov. 2 in Chandler.

Saccadous sees promising concussion results with virtual-reality eye-tracking technology / Phoenix Business Journal

Saccadous Inc., a spinout of Dignity Health and 2014 participant in the Arizona State University Furnace Accelerator program, is making progress on its virtual-reality eye-tracking technology to track concussions.

Entrepreneur: FDA human-factors approval boosts revenue for Tempe firm / Phoenix Business Journal

Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires medical devices to -apply human factors to ensure the safety of patients, business for Tempe-based Research Collective LLP is booming.

Surgeon who developed local burn program is leaving Tucson / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona, in partnership with Banner Health, is recruiting to hire a burn surgeon to replace Dr. Gary Vercruysse, who helped grow the Tucson burn program during the past five years.

Scottsdale health-care-tech startup wins local 1776 Challenge Cup pitch competition / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based Smart Brain Aging, which provides brain-training programs that can impact the onset of dementia and memory loss, was the winner of the 1776 Challenge Cup Phoenix pitch competition and will advance to the global finals in New York.

Grant helps Navajo Nation combat resource scarcity with STEM / Daily Wildcat

A $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Arizona professors and graduate students to use STEM outreach to address resource scarcity within the Navajo Nation.

Scottsdale stress-reducing wearable developer wins funding for hiring, sells $2M of device / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based TouchPoint Solution, developers of a stress-reducing wearable device, has sold more than $2 million worth of devices and received funding to hire a chief engineer.

UA begins $400M building renovations / KGUN

Renovations have begun on a University of Arizona bioscience building thanks to a $1 billion state program that will allocate $400 million to UA to be used to build two new research buildings and renovate eight others.