Biozona Weekly: Banner merger; Startup competition; Venture capital

January 16, 2015

By hammersmith

Local Banner merger delayed until February
1/16/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

A planned merger between the University of Arizona Health Network and Phoenix-based Banner Health is delayed until Feb. 27, a month later than previously planned. Read also: Banner, UA merger agreement postponed to February

Paltry: Arizona venture capital investment pales against competition

1/16/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Eric Jay Toll

Arizona sported 24 venture capital deals in 2014 worth $181 million, up from $175 million in 24 deals in 2013, including $16 million in six deals in the fourth quarter including one in biotech, a quarterly figure that paled when compared to most other markets.

Primrose uses software in aiding Hepatitis C sufferers
1/16/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Primrose Healthcare is a Scottsdale-based company created in August 2014 to help insurers manage liver disease in Hepatitis C patients using its software, focusing on a disease that impacts 150 million people worldwide and 10,000 new people in Arizona every year.

TGen raises $282K for ovarian cancer research with Friess Foundation help
1/14/15 | GenomeWeb | Staff Report

A challenge grant from the Friess Family Foundation has helped the Translational Genomics Research Institute raise more than $282,000 for ovarian cancer research.

State land commissioner’s resignation causes concern for Phoenix biomedical hub
1/12/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The president of KUD International LLC, the developer of the proposed biomedical corridor near Mayo Clinic’s hospital in north Phoenix that has already invested $2 million in prep money, is concerned about the future of the $1 billion project because of the resignation of the state land commissioner. Read also: Why Vanessa Hickman resigned as state land director

64 startups chosen for 2nd annual Venture Madness competition
1/9/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Sixty-four early stage growth startups across the Southwest have been chosen to compete in the second annual bracket-style Venture Madness pitch competition for a chance at a $50,000 shared prize. Read also: Entrepreneur workshops to offer everything

Integrative approaches to cancer treatment gaining momentum
1/9/15 | KJZZ | Steve Goldstein

An integrative approach to treating cancer has gained momentum with complementary approaches like acupuncture and massage becoming part of a trend in cancer treatment.