Biozona Weekly: BioAccel Solutions Challenge; HTG Molecular instrument; Manufacturing grant

October 3, 2013

By hammersmith

Gilbert’s Heliae Development opens first commercial facility
10/2/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Gilbert’s algae-based technology company Heliae Development LLC has begun operations at its first commercial facility, designed to produce nutraceutical and personal care products. The facility will expand its commercial production in 2014 to therapeutics and agroscience products.

BioAccel paying inventors to solve medical problems
10/1/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

BioAccel has identified four unmet medical needs in the community and is willing to put cash on the table for entrepreneurs and innovators to solve these problems.

Breast cancer awareness month: Breast cancer drug manufactured in Arizona
10/1/13 | ABC 15 | Amy Murphy

Abraxane, a drug used to treat breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer, is manufactured in Arizona. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved its use in combination with a chemotherapy drug to fight pancreatic cancer, following clinical trials in metro Phoenix.

Tucson’s HTG Molecular speeds up genetic testing
9/29/13 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner

HTG Molecular Diagnostics has taken its proprietary, high-capacity platform for testing gene expression and incorporated it into an automated instrument that shrank a three-day process into a 24-hour turnaround.

ASU, GPEC get federal grant to launch advanced manufacturing center
9/27/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Arizona State University were bestowed a $170,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to start an advanced manufacturing center.

Mesa teacher wins ‘AZ Bioscience Educator of the Year’ award
9/27/13 | Independent Newsmedia Inc. | Staff Report

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has named Amanda Grimes the 2013 Michael A. Cusanovich Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year.

TREO widening focus, wants to be for workers and jobs
9/27/13 | Inside Tucson Business | Hillary Davis

Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) plans to add matchmaker to its list of duties. Find out both sides’ interests, pair them according to what they need and want, and watch love bloom–or at least economic prosperity.

ASU president, former Surgeon General address issues with health care system

9/26/13 | Downtown Devil | Kate Sitter

Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona spoke about the institutional problems and future of health care in a panel discussion at the Arizona Science Center. ASU President Michael Crow and Mayo Clinic Vice President and CEO in Arizona Dr. Wyatt Decker also spoke on the panel about health care goals.

Chandler’s Desarrollo incubator names 18 new ventures in its program

9/23/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Desarrollo, a new incubator in Chandler, has announced its first “flock” of 18 new ventures participating in its inaugural Phoenix Flight Program, designed to assist Arizona entrepreneurs at any stage in developing viable and sustainable organizations.