Biozona Weekly: ACA names Innovation Challenge semifinalists; UA hosts Pitch Day; Banner Cancer fund receives $2 million grant

May 10, 2013

By Flinn Foundation

ACA names 27 semifinalists for spring Innovation Challenge
5/9/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced 27 companies as semifinalists for its Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge from more than 185 applicants, with between six and 10 winning companies expected to be announced in June.

UA hosts Pitch Day for start-up companies
5/9/13 | Tucson News Now | Staff Report

The Arizona Center for Innovation hosted 22 companies for its fourth annual Pitch Day at the University of Arizona Tech Park where the startups were given three minutes to present their products and company to potential investors.

Banner Cancer fund nears $20M goal with Piper grant
5/8/13 | Arizona Republic | Submitted by Amber Schlaefer (Publicist)

The Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign to help fund an expansion of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert is nearing its $20 million goal following a $2 million grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Guerra honored by Hispanic Chamber
5/7/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored MaryAnn Guerra, CEO and co-founder of BioAccel, as Woman of the Year at its 55th annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards.

ASU creating space in Phoenix-area libraries for entrepreneurs to learn, grow
5/3/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Eureka! Loft in the Scottsdale Civic Center Library is the first free collaborative workspace to open in a new Arizona State University startup venture geared towards bringing together inventors, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in libraries across the state.

Cancer patients have more options, more decisions to make
5/2/13 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Nobody ever welcomes a cancer diagnosis, but patients have more options than ever when selecting ways to beat back the disease, which also means patients must now make more decisions about their treatment.

3 tenants sign for research lab near Gateway Airport

5/1/13 | Arizona Republic | Maria Polletta

AZLabs, the former Air Force Research Laboratory turned economic driver near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, will be home to three new tenants including one from academia and two Department of Defense contractors.

Star 200: Biomedical industry in Southern Arizona still recruits ‘outside’
4/28/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Tom Beal

The local talent pool in the biomedical industry has expanded dramatically over the past decade, but companies must still recruit regionally and nationally for top positions.