Biozona Weekly: Banner merger; Valley fever vaccine; Lab-testing bill

March 5, 2015

By hammersmith

Venture Madness down to 8 companies, winner announced Friday
3/5/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Bioscience companies make up three of the final eight companies of the second annual Venture Madness bracket-style competition in Scottsdale that concludes this week.

Program accelerates UA startups
3/4/15 | Daily Wildcat | Chastity Laskey

Students accepted into the InnovateUA’s Accelerator, a six-week course where mentors, resources and a workspace will be available for the startups that include bioscience and STEM companies, will also compete in a demo day for cash prizes.

Banner Health now aims to expand in Tucson
3/3/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

Banner Health, which has officially moved into the Tucson market with the completed merger of the University of Arizona Health Network, says it hopes to grow its market share. Read also: Banner-UA health merger: How it affects Tucson

Vaccine developed at UA could prevent valley fever

3/1/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes
University of Arizona researchers have developed a live vaccine that could prevent valley fever, but are in need of funding for clinical trials to begin.

Entrepreneur: Pinnacle processes donated tissue for health care uses
2/27/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, which takes donated human tissue to create scaffolding products used in spinal and dental surgeries, orthopedic knee ligament replacement, and for other uses, has won numerous awards since its founding in 2010 and continues to expand rapidly.

SciTech Festival enters second year in Verde Valley
2/27/15 | Verde Independent | Yvonne Gonzalez

The Verde Valley is gearing up for the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math, with at least 17 different events planned throughout the area this month.

Tech company Theranos pushes consumer lab-testing bill
2/27/15 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Theranos, a California-based lab testing company with offices at SkySong in Scottsdale and wellness centers in Walgreens pharmacies, is pushing Arizona House Bill 2645 that would let consumers order an expanded number of tests directly from a licensed lab without a physician’s order.

Orion Health begins Scottsdale hiring spree

2/26/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Orion Health, a New Zealand-based provider of health care software, has begun hiring its second round of 100 people for its new division headquarters in Scottsdale.