Biozona Weekly: TGen leads $4.5M brain-tumor study; Covance closes Chandler facility; Peoria incubator to debut

May 9, 2012

By hammersmith

TGen to share in $4.5 million grant to study brain-cancer treatment
05/07/2012 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The Translational Genomics Research Institute said today that it will lead a multi-partner study funded with $4.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to study publicly available genomic data resources for potential drugs for the most common type of brain tumors.

2 Profs elected to Nat’l Academy of Sciences
05/6/2012 | Arizona Daily Star | Tom Beal

UA’s Marcia Rieke, an astronomer, and biologist Roy Parker are elected to the National Academy of Sciences, boosting the UA’s total in the academy to 14 current faculty.

Covance to close $150M Chandler drug development facility
05/4/2012 | East Valley Tribune

Covance, an international drug development services company that opened a $150 million drug testing laboratory in Chandler in early 2009, announced Wednesday that it’s closing the Chandler facility.

Peoria bioscience incubator to focus on medical-device firms
05/4/2012 | Arizona Republic | Sonu Munshi

The name of Peoria’s bioscience incubator has changed but its mission remains unchanged on the verge of its launch.  BioInspire, previously Peoria Incucelerator, is expected to open early next month.  The incubator is a partnership among the city and BioAccel, a Phoenix-based non-profit that works to commercialize life-science technologies, and Plaza Companies, a Valley-based real estate firm that specializes in medical office, technology and bioscience facilities.

Arizona Commerce Authority names finalists for Innovation Challenge
05/02/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

The Arizona Commerce Authority has whittled a list of more than 300 entries down to 10 finalists for its $1.5 million Innovation Challenge including bioscience firms.

Heliae gets $15M to develop algae technology in Gilbert
05/02/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Heliae, a Gilbert-based algae technology firm, has received $15 million in funding from Anthoni Salim, a multibillionaire and one of the three wealthiest people in Asia.

Biosciences Growing Quickly in AZ
05/01/2012 | Arizona Public Media | Nathan Mitchell

Southern Arizona is quickly becoming known for its advancements in the field of biosciences.

Cancer foundation moves to Scottsdale
05/01/2012 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, a privately funded foundation dedicated to brain-cancer research, has relocated from Palo Alto, Calif., to Scottsdale.