Biozona Weekly: Mayor highlights biosciences in address; Tax credits pass House; Project grants in danger

March 8, 2013

By hammersmith

GateWay Community College to launch center for entrepreneurs
3/6/2013 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

GateWay Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, which celebrated its formal grand opening on March 7, is a business incubator for early-stage and startup companies that will offer business development services, educational programming and management resources on the GateWay campus in Phoenix.

Greg Vigdor named CEO of Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
3/5/2013 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association has named Greg Vigdor, the former CEO of the Washington Health Foundation, as its president and CEO replacing Laurie Liles, who stepped down in January.

Arizona House approves new business tax credits
3/4/2013 | | Staff Report

The Arizona House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill granting new tax breaks of $50 million over three years for insurance companies that invest in high technology companies, which is designed to funnel savings that insurance companies receive from lowered premium taxes into a new high-tech fund overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Strengthening Arizona’s economy
3/3/2013 | Arizona Republic | Ken Western & Ioanna Morfessis (Opinion)

This opinion piece looks at how well-prepared Arizona is to retain existing jobs, replace the nearly 300,000 that were lost in recent years and compete for the new ones that inevitably will be created as the U.S. economy continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2007.

Science Foundation calls local STEM effort model for state
3/1/2013 | Sierra Vista Herald | Adam Curtis

Science Foundation Arizona met with leaders from Southern Arizona in Sierra Vista to discuss Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and developing a highly-trained, technical workforce.

Mayor highlights Phoenix bioscience efforts in ‘State of the City’
2/28/2013 | Arizona Republic | Angela Gonzales

In his annual “State of the City” address today, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton highlighted efforts to develop a bioscience hub, noting more than $400 million in bioscience projects in the past 12 months and their projected $500 million economic impact.

Arizona project grants in danger

2/28/2013 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The across-the-board $85 billion federal budget cuts could spell trouble for Arizona scientists, medical labs and student researchers who are exploring cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases at Arizona universities, hospitals and private-sector laboratories.

Phoenix genomics research homes in on rare disorders
2/28/2013 | | Holliday Moore

World Rare Disorders Day took place Feb. 28 and scientists at Translational Genomics Research Institute showed up to work wearing jeans in recognition of the fact that an estimated 80 percent of rare disorders are caused by mutations in our genes.

Daniel Von Hoff to lead lecture in Tucson

The Explorer | Calendar

Daniel Von Hoff, Physician in Chief at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Chief Scientific Officer for Scottsdale Healthcare’s Clinical Research Institute, will host the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine on March 19 at the Arizona Cancer Center.