Biozona Weekly: Innovation Challenge; New biorepository; Merger vote

January 22, 2015

By hammersmith

Banner, UA merger vote next week
1/21/15 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The Arizona Board of Regents next week expects to vote on Banner Health’s proposed merger with the University of Arizona Health Network, a deal anticipated to take effect Feb. 27 that would change the name of three hospitals and a large physician practice–all of which would reflect the Banner name–and include leadership changes. Read also: Banner merger means new names for local hospitals

10 finalists named for Arizona Commerce Authority’s Innovation Challenge
1/21/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s 10 finalists for the spring Arizona Innovation Challenge, its biannual business plan competition, includes four bioscience and life science companies that are vying for up to $250,000.

Quarter-cent sales tax for ASU engineering, STEM floated for 2016 ballot

1/19/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Mike Sunnucks

The region’s top business recruiter as well as some influential business and real estate interests want to see a 2016 ballot measure that would raise sales taxes and put that money towards training more engineers at Arizona State University and bolstering science, technology and math education at K-12 schools.

Tech, innovation hub planned for downtown Phoenix’s Luhrs City Center    
1/14/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The iconic Luhrs City Center in downtown Phoenix will soon be home to some of the most promising startup companies thanks to a new partnership with Tallwave that will give chosen entrepreneurs the ability to build their products and take them to market faster.

University of Arizona Establishes New Medical Biorepository
1/12/15 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

The University of Arizona announced it will build the Arizona Health Sciences Center Biorepository, or a bank of biological samples for research that are preserved through refrigeration, cryogenic freezing and even digitalization.