Arizona Bioscience News: UA researches sustainable rubber; HonorHealth robotic surgery; COVID-19 emergency ends

May 12, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

$70 million invested in UA research project to create a new sustainable rubber / KVOA

Researchers from the University of Arizona, in partnership with Bridgestone Americas Inc., will lead a $70 million project to grow and process guayule, a desert shrub, with hopes of creating a new variety of natural rubber.

Grand Canyon University partners with venture capital firm to boost funding, resources for startups / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Grand Canyon University’s Canyon Ventures, a business accelerator that opened in 2020, is partnering with venture capital firm Flagstaff Ventures to drive growth of Arizona-based early-stage startups.

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center becomes first to reach 20,000 robotic surgeries / AZ Big Media

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center has now performed 20,000 minimally invasive robotic surgeries in cardiac surgery, urology, oncology, gynecology, and general surgery—becoming the 20th medical center in the United States to reach the milestone.

New grant looks to study caregivers of dementia patients / Arizona PBS

The National Institute on Aging will provide a grant of more than $700,000 to Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation to study caregivers of dementia patients who have died.

Monogram Health leases space in prominent Tempe Town Lake building / Phoenix Business Journal

Monogram Health, a Nashville, Tennessee-based kidney disease management startup, inked a deal for a 25,000-square-foot space at Hayden Ferry Lakeside II, which is at 60 E. Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe and opened earlier this year.

What to expect when COVID-19 emergency declarations end May 11 / KJZZ

May 11 marks the end of COVID-19 emergency declarations. Payments for testing, vaccination and treatment will then shift to private parties and insurance companies. Read more: Vaccines are still important even as COVID-19 emergency ends, Arizona health expert says

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