Biozona Weekly: Mayo, ASU to partner on med school; M.D. Anderson opens in Gilbert; AZBio chief’s op-ed

September 30, 2011

By hammersmith

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My View: Arizona’s bio industry needs government support (Op-ed)
09/30/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Joan Koerber-Walker

Tales of economic vitality are few and far between, making Arizona’s bioscience sector an inspiration to all. Bio jobs have grown exponentially in the past eight years, 32 percent since 2002. The number of bio companies has grown 28 percent.

On Oct. 13, hundreds of people credited for these great strides will gather at the AZBio Awards and Expo to connect and engage with the leaders who are moving Arizona forward.

Mayo Medical School to start $120 million Arizona campus
09/27/2011 | Rochester Post-Bulletin | Jeff Hansel

Mayo Clinic has announced an ambitious $120 million plan to open an Arizona medical school in collaboration with Arizona State University.

The Mayo Medical School-Arizona Campus will double the size of Mayo’s physician training effort, to about 96 students per year, half in Rochester and half in Arizona. About 200 students will be active in each program at any given time.

Mayo Clinic plans medical school in Scottsdale
09/28/2011 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Mayo Clinic will join forces with Arizona State University to develop a new $266 million medical-school branch in Scottsdale that could begin teaching medical students by 2014. The Rochester, Minn.-based medical school plans to add the facility, to be called the Mayo Medical School-Arizona campus, at Mayo’s campus on Shea Boulevard east of Loop 101.

New cancer center to help people and economy (Editorial)
09/27/2011 | Arizona Republic

MD Anderson is to health care as Boeing is to aerospace and Intel is to computing. It’s one of the industry’s heaviest hitters. That’s why it’s such a big deal for MD Anderson to open a cancer-treatment center in Gilbert. The facility, which debuted Monday, is run by Banner Health but follows all of the protocols and has access to all of the resources and expertise of the Houston flagship.

2 groups get $8M to study Parkinson’s disease
09/26/2011 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Two Phoenix-area groups have secured an $8 million federal grant to study Parkinson’s disease. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded the five-year grant to the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Mayo Clinic to support research of the brain disorder that leads to shaking and to difficulty moving.

New Gilbert Banner facility joins effort in fighting cancer

09/26/2011 | Ken Alltucker | The Arizona Republic

When Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center opens its doors today, it heralds the arrival of a top-ranked treatment center in the Valley that promises the latest advances in cancer care. The center, a $109 million facility, occupies a stylish 133,000-square-foot building at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert. The first 23 patients are already scheduled to meet with their doctors beginning at 8 a.m. to talk about cancer diagnoses, treatment plans and follow-up visits.

New Gilbert cancer center has ‘super’ X-ray units
09/23/2011 | Arizona Republic | John Stanley

If radiation therapy is one of the big guns in the war on cancer, Gilbert’s soon-to-open Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center has a pair of cannons in its arsenal. They are, basically, “super powerful X-ray machines,” said Steve Sapareto, the director of medical physics for the radiation oncology unit of the cancer center.

Mission3 buys German company
09/23/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Mission3 Inc., an information management software provider for the life sciences industry, has acquired a company in Germany. Establishing an international presence will help the company more easily address its big pharmaceutical clients, which traditionally are global companies, said Dirk Karsten Beth, president and CEO of Mission3.

Arizona BioIndustry Association tabs finalists for awards
09/20/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Arizona BioIndustry Association will honor several scientists and biosciences organizations and businesses at its awards gala on Oct. 13 as part of its AzBio Expo at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler.

Former Utah senator named C-Path foundation president
09/16/2011 | Inside Tucson Business

Critical Path Institute (C-Path) announced Friday (Sept. 16) the launch of the Critical Path Foundation and the Foundation’s executive leadership team. Former Senator Robert (Bob) F. Bennett, R-Utah, will lead the foundation as its president.