Biozona Weekly: TGen alliance; Cancer center construction; NAU doctoral program

May 8, 2014

By hammersmith

Arizona Commerce Authority names semifinalists in Arizona Innovation Challenge
5/8/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority has named the semifinalists in its spring Arizona Innovation Challenge, with about a half-dozen bio and life science companies in the running for up to $250,000 each to help build their business.

TGen strikes research pact with George Mason University
5/6/14 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The Translational Genomics Research Institute and George Mason University have created the TGen-George Mason Molecular Medicine Alliance to pursue joint research and treatments in areas such as breast cancer, melanoma, and traumatic brain injury. Read also: TGen, George Mason University team on molecular medicine

University of Arizona cancer center in Phoenix ‘topped off’
5/6/14 | Tucson News Now | Sariah Schroader

The final beam has been set on top of the outpatient facility in the new University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in downtown Phoenix, which is set to open in 2015.

ASU crowd-funding strategy takes off
5/5/14 | Arizona Republic | Lesley Wright

There were 13 projects that campaigned on Arizona State University’s crowd-funding website over the past year, and based on early successes, officials at the ASU Foundation launched a program in March called PitchFunder to help faculty and students navigate this latest trend in fundraising.

Goodyear library launches business incubator
5/5/14 | Arizona Republic | Jeannette Cruz

A new program at the Goodyear Branch Library is giving West Valley entrepreneurs a unique spot to converse and collaborate in the city’s first business incubator, part of Arizona State University’s Alexandria Co-working Network that provides free entrepreneurial support at multiple Valley locations.

NAU unveils 1st occupational therapy doctoral program
5/2/14 | Arizona Republic | Eugene Scott

Northern Arizona University is launching the state’s first occupational therapy doctoral program this fall in downtown Phoenix that will lead to more occupational therapists treating injured, ill or disabled people by helping them develop, recover and improve the everyday skills needed to live and work.

Science Foundation Arizona selects Bisgrove Scholars
5/2/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Alicia Canales

Science Foundation Arizona has selected four Ph.D. candidates as 2014 Bisgrove Scholars, who will receive $200,000 over the course of two years to pursue research in the science and engineering fields.

Gordon taking over Piper Center cancer trials as Ramanathan returns to practice

4/30/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Dr. Michael Gordon, a medical oncologist and cancer researcher, has been named medical director for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen.

NeuroEM aims electromagnetic pulses at solving Alzheimer’s
4/17/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Jon McGarity, former president and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association, is taking on a new project he hopes will reverse Alzheimer’s disease.