Biozona Weekly: Report shows strong bioscience job growth; LASIK inventor honored at White House; SciTech Festival begins

February 8, 2013

By hammersmith

Arizona bioscience job growth beats U.S.
2/7/2013 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner
Arizona’s biosciences sector added jobs at nearly four times the national rate over the decade ending in 2011, a new report shows.

Barrett-Jackson auction, raffle net $129,000 for TGen research

2/6/2013 | AZ Business Magazine | Mike Gossie

The sale of a 2008 Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition (Lot #3009) and the raffle of a 40th Anniversary Corvette generated $129,000 for cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) during Scottsdale’s 42nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.

Arizona bioscience jobs grew 45 percent
2/5/2013 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

In the decade after Arizona embarked on a push to grow the biosciences, employment in the industry surged 45 percent despite recent challenges in raising venture-capital financing and securing federal research grants, a report shows.

Arizona bioscience sector adding jobs at four times the national rate
2/5/2013 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Despite a drop in venture capital funding, Arizona’s bioscience sector added jobs at nearly four times the national rate over the past decade, according to a 10-year analysis commissioned by the Flinn Foundation.

ASU non-profit group helps boost innovation
2/5/2013 | Arizona Republic | J. Craig Anderson

Arizona Technology Enterprises, the independently operated non-profit organization established in 2003 to bring Arizona State University-developed inventions to market, had a banner year in 2012, according to the university’s most recent annual report.

2/1/2013 | Phoenix Business Journal | Debra Gelbart

Finding and securing funding for new medical device development is challenging anywhere, but it’s especially tough in Arizona where deals are few and far between.

Arizona Technology & Innovation: SciTech Festival
1/30/2013 | KAET-8 | Arizona Horizon

Arizona is hosting a statewide celebration of science, technology and engineering. Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival, outlines what to expect.

Obama to honor LASIK inventor

1/30/2013 | Arizona Republic | Ryan Randazzo

The inventor of LASIK surgery and faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Gholam Peyman, was honored at the White House Feb. 1 by President Barack Obama along with 10 other inventors receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.