Biozona Weekly: Science standards critiqued; Chandler incubator expanding; Ulthera secures ACA support

February 16, 2012

By Flinn Foundation

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Group slams Arizona science standards
02/12/2012 | Arizona Republic | Kerry Fehr-Snyder

Arizona has earned a “D” for its school science standards from the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Other states received even harsher criticism; ten received an “F” for their standards. Only California and the District of Columbia received an “A.”

Chandler’s Innovations to expand
02/11/2012 | East Valley Tribune

Chandler’s Innovations technology incubator is expanding by more than 50 percent after signing a lease that will bring the facility to about 63,000 square feet. Innovations provides office space and laboratories to research and technology-related start-ups, while giving them shared access to conference rooms.

Ulthera to expand Mesa operations
02/10/2012 | Arizona Republic | Gary Nelson

A Mesa-based medical-device company is staying in Arizona, thanks to the latest deal shepherded by the new Arizona Commerce Authority. Ulthera Inc., which makes ultrasound devices for face-lifts and neck-lifts that have aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, announced Friday that it will establish its global headquarters and bring 100 new jobs to a new location in Mesa.

UA works on imaging breakthrough
02/10/2012 | Arizona Daily Star | Michelle Monroe

University of Arizona researchers are building a new kind of imaging device that could offer better ways to track cancer or detect explosives. The National Science Foundation recently awarded scientists at the UA College of Engineering $530,000 to develop a first-of-its-kind terahertz imager for medical and other uses.

Roadmap helps put state’s biosciences on right path
02/10/2012 | Inside Tucson Business | Patrick McNamara

In the realm of bioscience, Arizona has begun to find its niche. That’s according to the Flinn Foundation, which a decade ago commissioned a study to analyze the state’s science-based business infrastructure that formed the basis of “Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap.”

Phoenix Alzheimer’s research to benefit from Obama funding boost
02/09/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Valley Alzheimer’s researchers are encouraged by President Barack Obama’s announcement to boost funding for Alzheimer’s research by $130 million over the next two years — a 25 percent increase over the current annual investment. Dr. Eric Reiman, executive director of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, said he plans to apply for a piece of that funding.