Biozona Weekly: Merger approval; SciTech Festival; Venture Madness

January 29, 2015

By hammersmith

Regents approve Banner-UA Health Network merger
1/28/15 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The Arizona Board of Regents has approved Banner Health’s $1 billion-plus merger with the University of Arizona Health Network, a deal in which the state’s largest health system will acquire the UA Health Network’s two-hospital system and partner with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Read Also: Banner to rebuild UA Medical Center; regents OK merger

Arizona SciTech Festival kicks off at Super Bowl Central

1/28/15 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

The Connect 2 STEM event Saturday at University of Arizona Medical School near Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix will give visitors a hands-on experience with some of its projects and launch the Arizona SciTech Festival, which features nearly 800 STEM events throughout the year.

TMC hoping to join Mayo Clinic network
1/28/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

The locally-owned Tucson Medical Center is in a due-diligence process to become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which includes more than 30 hospitals across the United States including ASU Health Services, Kingman Regional Medical Center, and Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Pass the tissue: UA creates bio repository to share with competing universities

1/28/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The University of Arizona has created the Arizona Health Sciences Center Biorepository to share tissue samples with researchers at competing universities across the country.

Ariz. startups compete in Venture Madness
1/28/15 | Arizona Republic | Meryl Fishler (Cronkite News)

Venture Madness, the bracket-style head-to-head competition for startups, is underway as companies look to advance to the live-demo portion held in March and win a share of $50,000.

6 Arizona tech startups win Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge
1/27/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Two Arizona biotech companies are among the six winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Fall Arizona Innovation Challenge, a biannual business plan competition that aims to advance innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona.

Arizona could write off more medical school debt
1/27/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Howard Fischer (Capitol Media Services)

State lawmakers are moving to get more doctors into rural and medically underserved areas of the state by expanding an existing program that helps doctors repay their medical school debts if they agree to go where they are needed.

Surprise incubator graduate MD24 helps seniors with at-home health care
1/27/15 | Daily News-Sun | Richard Smith

MD24 House Call, an at-home health care service that was the first startup to leave Surprise’s AZ TechCelerator incubator, is already outgrowing its new home.

STEM celebration highlights partnerships
1/24/15 | Sierra Vista Herald | Adam Curtis

An annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and math showcased how a local partnership in its fourth year between the U.S. Army, Sierra Vista schools and Northrop Grumman has helped create a pipeline for young people pursuing technical fields.

ASU graduates create medical device to cure jaundice
1/22/15 | Arizona Republic | Amy Edelen

NeoLight, an Arizona State University student startup, aims to cure jaundice in newborns around the world with a portable and cost-effective medical incubator that is lightweight, portable, solar powered and utilizes LED lighting.