Biozona Weekly: Scottsdale Cure Corridor; Innovation Challenge; Early cancer detection

November 7, 2013

By hammersmith

Arizona Commerce Authority announces Innovation Challenge semifinalists
11/5/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority has announced 25 semifinalists for its Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge, including five bio and life sciences companies, where winners could earn up to $250,000 to help grow their business.

Cancer survivor to lead UA project to support wellbeing in patients
11/5/13 | | Faye DeHoff

Mary Koithan, a faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Nursing and breast cancer survivor, has helped develop a web-based information source for people affected by cancer that includes cancer-related programs and support services, a list of qualified integrative therapy providers and an events calendar.

New name for University Research Parks
11/5/13 | Tucson News Now | Brandon Murphy

The Office of University Research Parks, which directs the UA Tech Park, UA Bio Park, and the Arizona Center for Innovation, has changed its name to Tech Parks Arizona.

Provista seeks cancer detection solutions from ASU license
11/4/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Scottsdale-based Provista Diagnostics Inc. has licensed biomarker technologies developed at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University to evaluate whether the technologies are effective in the early detection of breast and ovarian cancer as well as the human papillomavirus.

TiE Arizona chooses 15 Rapid Pitch participants
11/4/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

TiE Arizona, which offers entrepreneurs a global network of large and small business owners, mentors, connections, sources, and networking, chose 15 local entrepreneurs to give 2-minute presentations at its annual Rapid Fire Pitch event.

Nasseo CEO: Forge your own path
11/2/13 | Arizona Republic | Peter Corbett

Garrett Cale Smith, who is the co-founder of medical device company Nasseo Inc. based at Peoria’s BioInspire incubator, was named by the Arizona Republic as one of 35 entrepreneurs under 35 years of age.

‘Cure Corridor’ celebrates advances against cancer
11/1/13 | Arizona Republic | Edward Gately

Cancer has formidable enemies that have emerged along what is being called Scottsdale’s “Cure Corridor,” a concentration of facilities engaged in cutting-edge education, research, clinical trials, and patient-care delivery.

IPlant innovates biodata analysis
10/31/13 | Daily Wildcat | Tanner Clinch

The iPlant Collaborative, which started five years ago at the University of Arizona, has received its second five-year round of funding for a project that will allow access to cutting-edge technology, high-level supercomputing, software analysis and metadata to biologists of any level of expertise.

Room for growth for Valley’s science jobs
10/30/13 | Arizona Republic | Jeffrey A. Platt

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers account for 6.7 percent of the workforce in the Phoenix area, a higher percentage than the nation as a whole, but some say the metro area needs to do more to nurture the growth of so-called STEM jobs.