Biozona Weekly: Orion Health to Scottsdale; Universities spur companies; UA pitch day

November 7, 2014

By hammersmith

Scottsdale lands division headquarters of Orion Health, bringing 500 jobs
11/6/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Eric Jay Toll

New Zealand-based Orion Health has selected Scottsdale for its North American and United Kingdom headquarters where it will develop integrated big data and patient experience software, bringing hundreds of jobs to the region within the next three years. Read also: Big data health company opening Scottsdale offices

New UA medical school in Phoenix becoming an international model
11/6/14 | KJZZ | Andrew Bernier

The University of Arizona’s College of Medicine is creating what they call a world-class medical school in downtown Phoenix–and it appears the world is taking notice.

Tech Launch Arizona to open doors to UA students
11/6/14 | Daily Wildcat | Adriana Espinosa

Tech Launch Arizona is hosting a student-focused First Friday Pitch Day on the University of Arizona campus for the first time to provide an opportunity for UA students who have a business idea they would like to pitch.

AZ Town Hall participants want to evolve STEM to STEAM
11/5/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Eric Jay Toll

Participants in the 105th Arizona Town Hall said exploiting gains in biomedicine and life sciences are natural entry points into the global market for Arizona companies, while also supporting STEM education evolving into STEAM–science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Three health IT firms garner nearly $7M in VC funding
11/4/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Three Arizona health IT firms received a total of $6.92 million in venture capital funding during the third quarter, putting Arizona near the bottom of the list of VC funding for health IT firms nationwide.

ASU researchers craft company, aid aneurysm patients
11/3/14 | State Press | Jonathan Williams

EndoVantage took research that began in the labs in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and developed a method that saves time and money for hospitals and aneurysm patients.

Programs aim to move medical students toward primary care
11/2/14 | Arizona Republic | Alexa Armstrong (Cronkite News)

To combat the problem that Arizona doesn’t have enough primary care physicians to meet the need in many areas, particularly in rural and underserved parts of the state, University of Arizona medical students held a Primary Care Week to promote primary health care and address reservations students may have about entering the field.

UA connection draws biopharm business to town
10/29/14 | KGUN | Phil Villarreal

Teleost Biopharmaceutical, a Colorado company built around an invention developed at the University of Arizona, is moving to Tucson and will partner with UA.

Grant propels Jonathan Schatz’s research
10/26/14 | Daily Wildcat | Crystal Bedoya

A five-year, $1.59 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will allow UA assistant professor of medicine Jonathan Schatz to further research lymphoma treatment.