Biozona Weekly: UA, Banner Health partnership; Ulthera acquisition; New AZBio conference

June 27, 2014

By hammersmith

UA Health Network board, regents OK Banner partnership
6/27/14 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

The Arizona Board of Regents and the Tucson-based UA Health Network board voted to support a Banner Health partnership with the University of Arizona colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix, as well as a Banner acquisition of the private, independent UA Health Network, which includes two Tucson-based teaching hospitals. Read also: State board endorses UA Health Network, Banner Health deal

Mesa company that tightens skin, targets fat bought for $600 million
6/26/14 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Ulthera, a Mesa medical-device company that sells aesthetic skin-tightening devices, will be acquired by a German pharmaceutical company in a deal that could be worth up to $600 million. Read also: Ulthera’s CEO explains Merz Pharma Group $600M deal

Six winners announced in ACA’s Spring Innovation Challenge

6/26/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Six early-stage companies, including one that provides computer simulations of medical device deployments into blood vessels and predictions of blood flow changes, were announced as winners in the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge.

Arizona bioscience industry producing ‘aha’ moments
6/24/14 | AZ Big Media | Dianne Price

AZBio Expo 2014 had “aha moments” at every turn with more than 250 entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, legislators, scientists and researchers in attendance at the recent event.

Northern Arizona University, TGen renew deal

6/21/14 | Arizona Daily Sun | Staff Report

A new Northern Arizona University-Translational Genomics Research Institute agreement ensures state funding is allocated to TGen as directed by Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature while reaffirming the commitment of both institutions toward quality research, training and educational opportunities, protection of public health and improved patient care.

Bitcoins for Barrow: Non-profit accepts digital currency
6/21/14 | Arizona Republic | Russ Wiles

The Barrow Neurological Foundation in May received a five-figure donation of bitcoins, putting it among the first high-profile non-profits to receive the digital currency, that will help fund the memory-related research of Dr. Peter Steinmetz, program director of neuroengineering.

AZBio to host regional life science capital conference in Phoenix this fall
6/20/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The Arizona BioIndustry Association, which hosted its AZBio Expo 2014 on June 19 in Scottsdale, is organizing a regional life science capital conference in Phoenix in September.

RightBio relocates to Scottsdale, looking to expand its market
6/19/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

RightBio Metrics, which makes a device attached to the end of a nasogastric tube to test the acidity level to ensure the tube is in the stomach, has recently moved the company’s headquarters from Chicago to Scottsdale.  

TGen, Scottsdale Healthcare begin solid tumor study
6/19/14 | Independent Newsmedia | Staff Report

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen have begun a study into the safety and effectiveness of a new drug, AG-120, for treatment of patients with solid tumors such as those sometimes found on the brain and gallbladder bile duct cancer.