Arizona mayors highlight bioscience efforts

March 8, 2013

By Flinn Foundation

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said there has been more than $400 million invested in bioscience projects in Phoenix over the past year, which is allowing for the treatment of more than 60,000 patients a year and having an annual economic impact of close to $500 million.

The mayor cited the recent groundbreaking of the University of Arizona Cancer Center-Phoenix, a partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the July opening of the UA Health Sciences Education Building that’s on the same Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and Mayo Clinic’s investment near Desert Ridge.

In other addresses…

• Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane hailed the city’s bioscience industry including TD2, the drug-development arm of Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute, which partners with Mayo Clinic and Scottsdale Healthcare, noted bio companies in Scottsdale as well as SkySong’s financial impact;

• Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett praised the medical device incubator BioInspire, which opened in September near Loop 101 and Thunderbird Road with five startup companies and later added a sixth;

• Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny cited the city’s Innovations Incubator and technology businesses that are expanding and bringing jobs to the city;

• Gilbert Mayor John Lewis’ digital update cited health-care innovation and science and technology in Gilbert;

• And in Tucson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild cited the University of Arizona’s Office of Technology Transfer and Tech Launch Arizona and the plan to turn breakthrough discoveries into breakout companies that create jobs in Tucson, while also naming companies that have relocated to Tucson.

For more information:

“Mayor highlights Phoenix bioscience efforts in ‘State of the City,’” Phoenix Business Journal, 2/28/13

“Scottsdale Mayor Lane touts city’s fiscal reforms,” Arizona Republic, 2/22/13

“Chandler moving forward, mayor says in address,”
Arizona Republic, 2/22/13

“Gilbert mayor delivers digital update,” Arizona Republic, 2/11/13

“Peoria mayor stresses job growth as vital to city’s future,” Arizona Republic, 1/15/13

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild