Biozona Weekly: Mayo Clinic launches biobank; Scientist talks zombies; AZ Fast Grant recipients announced

September 26, 2013

By hammersmith

Mayo Clinic launching Arizona biobank focused on Latinos
9/25/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with Mountain Park Health Center and Arizona State University, is launching the Sangre por Salud Biobank on its Scottsdale campus that will be focused on Latinos and support studies in obesity, metabolism and diabetes–all areas of concern in the Latino population.

Tucson Tech: SynCardia marks record implants of artificial heart
9/24/13 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner

Tucson-based SynCardia Systems has reached a milestone for implants of its temporary artificial heart with its 125th implant this year, a number that equals all implants performed worldwide in 2012.

Linda Hunt of Dignity Health named Arizona bioscience leader of the year
9/23/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Staff Report

The Arizona Bioindustry Association announced Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health in Arizona, has been named the 2013 Jon W. McGarity Arizona Bioscience Leader of the Year in recognition of her work and dedication to building Arizona’s bioindustry.

Scientist talks zombies tonight at NAU
9/23/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Staff Report

TGen North’s David Engelthaler will attempt to answer the question, “Can a superbug cause a zombie apocalypse?” during a talk at Northern Arizona University as part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science.

Growing Human Skin and Jobs from Bok Choy
9/22/13 | Flagstaff Business News | Bonnie Stevens

Dr. Robert Kellar has figured out how to put plants to work to grow human protein in his labs at Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in Flagstaff, where the scientist and professor hopes to hire 30 to 40 people to work in this field of regenerative medicine.

AZ Commerce Authority names 20 AZ Fast Grant recipients
9/20/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority has named the 20 recipients of this fall’s AZ Fast Grants who will receive a combined $170,000, which includes seven early-stage bio and life science companies.

Nobel Prize winner, science educator Wieman joins Science Foundation Arizona
9/20/13 | Arizona Republic | Luci Scott

Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize winner and Stanford University professor of physics and education who is a leader and innovator in science education, has joined the board of directors of Science Foundation Arizona.

‘Health care is huge’–and also in flux
9/20/13 | Arizona Republic | Opinion

The health care industry in Arizona–one of the few stars of the recession–is big business, boasting almost one-fifth of the state’s largest employers and providing people here with advanced-treatment options while building global reputations in several highly specialized fields.