Arizona Bioscience News: TGen North developing coronavirus test; UArizona awarded $6.9M for skin cancer study; UNMET Conference coming to Phoenix

February 6, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

Scientists in Arizona helping create test for coronavirus / ABC 15

TGen North in Flagstaff has a group of scientists working to map out the DNA for the new strain of coronavirus from China in order to develop a test for use by hospitals and doctors across the country. Read more: Local health groups monitor for coronavirus

UArizona Cancer Center awarded $6.9M grant for skin cancer prevention study / KVOA

The University of Arizona Cancer Center was awarded a $6.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop new strategies and techniques to prevent and decrease the risk of squamous cell carcinoma, the second most-common form of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Creating talent pipeline through state-funded STEM program is industry group’s focus / Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Technology Council is asking lawmakers to spend $3 million annually over five years on a new initiative to boost science and technology education, as well as extend two state tax-credit programs it says have been critical to boosting tech companies and jobs in the state.

Tech startup conference coming to Scottsdale in May / KTAR

More than 100 startups and venture capital investors will descend upon Scottsdale in May for the 2020 UNMET Conference that will provide attendees the chance to network, engage in private meetings and pitch their ideas.

NAU receives new high rankings for indigenous student success / Arizona Daily Sun

Two new studies have ranked Northern Arizona University as a top provider of indigenous student education, including ranking first in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Native American students in public health and ranking high in biological sciences degrees.

UA College of Medicine holds ceremony for Primary Care Physician Scholarship / Daily Wildcat

The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson held its inaugural ceremony for a new scholarship program, which covers tuition costs for students who commit to practice primary care in rural and underserved areas of the state.

TGen encourages students to get into the lab / KJZZ

Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute is looking to help students interested in the sciences with a pair of programs aimed at getting them into the lab.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 6: Tech Career Fair, TGen, Phoenix

Feb. 11: Student Industry Networking Event, University of Arizona, Tucson

Feb. 18: AZBio PEERS, Arizona Commerce Authority, Phoenix

Feb. 27: 2020 Symposium on Health Sector Supply Chain, Arizona State University, Tempe

Feb. 28: BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM, University of Arizona, Tucson

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