Biozona Weekly: Innovation Arizona Summit coming up; Pancreatic cancer drug fast-tracked; AZBio Expo showcases companies

June 6, 2013

By hammersmith

Hopes high for inaugural Innovation Arizona Summit
6/5/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Innovators and entrepreneurs are invited to attend the inaugural Innovation Arizona Summit on June 11 at the Tempe Center for the Arts to connect with resources, service providers, growth-support groups, business executives, investors, and incubators.

Chamber honors BioAccel with development award
6/5/13 | Independent Newsmedia | Staff Report

The Peoria Chamber of Commerce awarded BioAccel its 2013 Economic Development Award for the development and management of BioInspire, a medical device-focused accelerator program.

Stephen Harris talks new technology at Arizona Heart Hospital
6/3/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Stephen Harris, a former CFO at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix who most recently served at heart hospitals in Kansas, is the new president of Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix, which he says is dedicated to research and clinical excellence.

UA doctor awarded grant for pediatric cancer research
6/3/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

Hyundai Hope on Wheels is giving $75,000 to Dr. Lisa Kopp of the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center in Tucson for her work to improve cure rates in pediatric solid tumors.

New UA biosciences park still seeking its first tenant
6/3/13 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner

The University of Arizona’s bioscience business park has yet to attract its first tenant, but talks continue with potential tenants while the site’s adjacent retail space expands. 

Drug tested by Scottsdale Healthcare on fast track
5/31/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is fast-tracking a pancreatic cancer treatment that was tested at Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in conjunction with Phoenix’s Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Arizona Commerce Authority picks 10 finalists for innovation challenge

5/31/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority has selected 10 finalists for its Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge, which awards qualified, innovative startups and early-stage companies money to grow their business.

Arizona company SynCardia Systems makes world’s first total temporary artificial heart
5/30/13 | KNXV-TV (ABC 15) | Christina Estes

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems was among the companies showcased at the annual AZBio Expo, which provided an opportunity for bioscience and technology companies to learn more about funding opportunities and hear success stories.

Alzheimer’s group honors Brewer at Peoria conference

5/30/13 | Daily News-Sun | Jeff Dempsey

The Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium’s annual conference in Peoria, where Gov. Jan Brewer was honored with an award, featured talks on diagnosis and treatment, pre-clinical testing, development of future treatments, and strategies for care partners and caregivers.

Tucson tech: Arizona tech startups pitch to potential investors, partners, mentors

5/28/13 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner

The Arizona Center for Innovation, the University of Arizona’s high-tech business incubator, recently held its fourth annual PitchDay, where entrepreneurs representing 22 companies from around the state pitched their ventures to an audience of potential investors, business mentors, and partners.