Biozona Weekly: New laws aid algae research; Biodesign wins $30M contract; Gilbert lands VA clinic

May 1, 2012

By hammersmith

New laws position Ariz. to be a leader in algae production
04/28/2012 | The Arizona Republic | Gary Dirks and Dan Simon

Arizona’s business portfolio is on the cusp of growth and in a surprising sector: agriculture. Or to be more specific, algaculture. Algae production is a high-growth industry, and Arizona is perfectly suited to become its epicenter.

Firm to aid small practices’ clinical trials
04/28/2012 | The Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Translational Research Management, founded by Christopher Beardmore with seed funding from biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, seeks to ease the administrative burden of community oncologists who want to offer clinical trials to patients.

ASU’s Biodesign Institute Wins $30M DoD Contract for Immunosignature-Based Pathogen Detection Chip
04/27/2012 | GenomeWeb | Adam Bonislawski

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has won a four-year, $30.7 million contract from the US Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency to build a prototype of a proteomics-based health monitoring chip.

Syringe maker unveils larger Scottsdale facility
04/27/2012 | The Arizona Republic | Peter Corbett

A Scottsdale Airpark company that makes millions of syringes using robotic manufacturing has expanded its facility and plans to add 100 more jobs in engineering and operations over the next five years.

District Medical Group to hire 100 in Phoenix 

04/27/2012 | The Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

District Medical Group has signed a $14 million annual contract to provide care to more than 15,000 chronically ill and disabled kids in Arizona who are covered under the state’s Children’s Rehabilitative Services program.

VA clinic is coming to Gilbert
04/25/2012 | The Arizona Republic | Parker Leavitt

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last week announced plans for a new regional medical center in Gilbert, giving nearly 20,000 veterans greater access to health care and adding another coup for a town evolving from “hay capital” to a bioscience hub in the Valley.

Exodus of medical graduates in Arizona stirs concerns
04/24/2012 |  | The Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Medical schools in Arizona more than doubled their enrollment in the past decade, but most of those young doctors won’t establish a practice in your neighborhood or work at a local hospital.

STEM students showcase science projects

04/20/2012 | | Marcy McMacken

Some middle-school students in the Kyrene School District teamed up with Arizona State University doctoral students to create unique science projects and showcased them Thursday night.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America teams with NAU
04/13/2012 | The Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Northern Arizona University have signed an affiliation agreement that will allow NAU nursing students to get hands-on training at the cancer center in Goodyear.