Biozona Weekly: Banner leads $100M Alzheimer

May 22, 2012

By hammersmith

Lawmakers hope new public records law will lead to ‘sponsored research’
05/21/2012 | East Valley Tribune | Howard Fischer

Arizona lawmakers are hoping a newly enacted tweak in the state’s public records law leads to a new influx of companies willing to pay state universities to do research for them.

Peoria offering $1.2M in seed funding for biotech startups
05/18/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

MaryAnn Guerra, the CEO of BioAccel, announced Thursday at the Arizona BioIndustry Association’s Expo that applications are now being accepted for $1.2 million in seed funding for biotech startups.

Heliae plant will mass-produce algae for multiple uses
05/18/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

To capitalize on millions in investment for more research and employees, Heliae Inc. is gearing up to build its first commercial facility to mass-produce algae for a variety of industries.

A rundown of the AZBio Expo from A to Z
05/18/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

More than 250 people attended the Arizona BioIndustry Association’s Expo on May 17, providing a wealth of panel discussions and networking opportunities.

Arizona BioIndustry Expo expected to draw 250
05/16/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

More than 250 people from across the Southwest are scheduled to attend the Arizona BioIndustry Expo at Grand Canyon University on May 17.

Gilbert medical center planning big expansion project
05/16/2012 | Arizona Republic | Parker Leavitt

Banner Health is preparing for a major expansion at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, including a new seven-story patient tower and the second phase of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, according to plans submitted to the town.

New Drug Trial Seeks to Stop Alzheimer’s Before It Starts
05/15/2012 | The New York Times | Pam Belluck

In a clinical trial led by Eric Reiman of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, people who are genetically guaranteed to develop the Alzheimer’s disease — but who do not yet have any symptoms — will for the first time be given a drug intended to stop it, federal officials announced Tuesday.

Banner tests experimental drug to halt Alzheimer’s
05/15/2012 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Local doctors are spearheading a dramatic shift in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease with a study that will use a promising experimental drug to try to halt a disease that some people are genetically destined to get.

6 startups get state innovation grants

05/15/2012 |The Arizona Republic | Robert Anglen

Six Arizona startup companies that promise to develop everything from new cancer therapies to radio communications used by first responders will share a $1.5 million state award.

Arizona passes key algal industry legislation: new algae hub?
05/14/2012 | Biofuels Digest

In Arizona, legislation promoting the development of the algae industry has been passed in the House legislature after two bills were introduced in January by Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson).

Heading off a doctor shortage
05/12/2012 | Arizona Republic | Opinion

Arizona lacks adequate slots for medical residents. As a result, many newly graduated med students go out of state. This can be a long-term loss because doctors tend to set up practice where they do their residency.

Covance leaving Chandler, taking equipment
05/11/2012 | Arizona Republic | Luci Scott

Losing Covance means the loss of 130 jobs and a loss of hope that the company could be a magnet for other bioscience firms.

UA graduates second class of doctors at Phoenix campus
05/10/2012 | Arizona Republic | Emily Gersema

The second class of students to take classes at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix are proudly adding the prefix “doctor” to their names.