Biozona Weekly: New venture capital fund; Chronic pain, falls to be studied; UA Tech Park makeover

February 21, 2014

By hammersmith

Gilbert’s employment sectors shift, diversify
2/19/14 | Arizona Republic | Parker Leavitt

Health care has emerged over the past decade as one of Gilbert’s chief employment sectors, and while technology firms remain a niche market today, economic leaders say that is likely to change over the next decade.

Venture Madness field trimmed to 32
2/19/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority have trimmed the field of startup companies from 64 to 32 in the Venture Madness competition with the live pitch rounds set for March 5-7.

Sun City-based program collects tissues used to study diseases of the aged
2/18/14 | KTAR | Rachel Leingan (Cronkite News)

Banner Sun Health’s Brain and Body Donation Program secures a high-quality stock of human brain and body tissue soon after a person dies that researchers say could lead to breakthroughs on diseases of the aged such as Alzheimer’s.

Chandler hosting Science Spectacular
2/18/14 | East Valley Tribune | Chris Gabel

Chandler high-tech companies will open their doors to the public as part of the city’s Science Spectacular three-day event in conjunction with the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival.

UA scientist pushes new uses for DNA tests
2/14/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Frederick Zenhausern, director at the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine at the University of Arizona, is seeking to commercialize DNA forensic testing technology that can be used to catch criminals and in the medical diagnostics field.

Gov. Brewer’s Israel trip does Arizona a big favor
2/14/14 | Arizona Republic | Editorial

Gov. Jan Brewer and Sonoran Gov. Guillermo Padres’ joint travel to Israel fits into a budding renaissance of our state’s relationship with Mexico to attract companies that want to enter the North American market in areas such as security, biotech, agribusiness and others.

Arizona hospital gets $1M grant to study falls
2/14/14 | CBS5 | Associated Press

The Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix is getting a $1 million grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to study falls among patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

UA researcher awarded grant to find treatment for chronic pain

2/13/14 | Inside Tucson Business | Alison Dorf Wick

Frank Porreca, a professor of pharmacology and anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was awarded a $2.5 million federal grant to study different dimensions of pain with hopes of finding a treatment that relieves chronic pain.

UA-Phoenix launches medical program for high school students
2/13/14 | KTAR | Martha Maurer

The University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school has launched a new program to help Valley high school students jump start their future by providing a medical school experience.
UA Tech Park wants to add retail and residences as part of makeover plan
2/13/14 | Inside Tucson Business | Kayla Sabino Samoy

UA Tech Park is planning changes to the Eastside tech-biz incubator, including attracting international business, increasing community access, and adding residential and retail facilities.

ASU Foundation launching $1M VC fund for manufacturing companies

2/13/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona State University Foundation will start a new venture capital fund for early-stage companies focused on manufacturing, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority.