Biozona Weekly: NAU in downtown Phoenix; Commerce Authority puts down $3M; vision for bio hub at Mayo

January 9, 2012

By hammersmith

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NAU joins downtown Phoenix
01/08/2012 | Arizona Republic | Emily Gersema

Northern Arizona University is coming to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. By summer, NAU will move a few staff members into the Health Sciences Education Building now under construction near Seventh and Van Buren streets. NAU will open two programs in high demand in the health-care industry: a physician-assistant program and a physical-therapy program. The first class of students enrolled in each program will start their course work and training in the fall.

Desert Ridge area to become bioscience, tech hub
01/08/2012 | Arizona Republic | Michael Clancy

Efforts are under way to develop the Desert Ridge area south of Loop 101 into a bioscience and technology hub, just days after Mayor Greg Stanton announced plans for the Desert Ridge Bioscience Technology Collaborative. According to Dr. Wyatt Decker, chief executive of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, more concrete plans could take form within six months, although full development of the plan is likely to take much longer.

Arizona support grows for startups
01/07/2012 | Arizona Republic | Betty Beard

If you have a good idea that could be turned into viable business, Arizona may have $250,000 for you. As part of its efforts to create more jobs, the Arizona Commerce Authority this year will double the total amount of innovation grants it will award to small businesses to $3 million.

ACA starts up $3M innovation challenge, launches entrepreneur center
01/06/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

The Arizona Commerce Authority is upping the stakes to promote emerging technology companies with a new $3 million contest to find the best and the brightest, as well as launching a new downtown Phoenix center aimed at helping entrepreneurs. Don Cardon, president and CEO of the ACA, said the contest and the center are part of the authority’s efforts to build businesses in the state and to lure startups into launching their ventures here.

VisionGate automates 3D cell microscope
01/06/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

VisionGate Inc., which has a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop its 3D cell microscope, reported today that it has achieved full automation of its Cell-CT system. Until now, an operator ran the microscope, but now it’s fully automated, said Scarlett Spring, president of the Phoenix company. The NIH funding helped develop the fully automated system.

ASU names Teri Britt Pipe as nursing dean
01/06/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Arizona State University has named Teri Britt Pipe as dean of its College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Pipe has been interim dean since June and an adjunct faculty member at ASU since 2002. She also has served as director of nursing research and innovation at Mayo Clinic and associate professor of nursing in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Biotech company moves to Phoenix from Edmonton
01/06/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Dr. Joseph Sinkule, who had moved his biotech company out of the state after he couldn’t secure venture capital, is back in town. He has been named president and CEO of Compass Biotechnologies Inc., which is moving its headquarters to Phoenix from Edmonton, Alberta.

Arizona biotech leaders laud Stanton’s Mayo Clinic plans
01/04/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Phoenix health and bioscience leaders are encouraged by Mayor Greg Stanton’s commitment to developing a biosciences education and research hub surrounding the Mayo Clinic campus in north Phoenix. During his swearing-in ceremony yesterday as the 52nd mayor of Phoenix, Stanton announced a new Desert Ridge Bioscience and Technology Collaborative near Mayo Clinic’s north Phoenix campus.