Biozona Weekly: UA cancer center groundbreaking; Alzheimer’s institute raises funds for center; Grand Canyon University to expand science

February 22, 2013

By hammersmith

UA, St. Joseph’s break ground on cancer clinic in downtown Phoenix
2/21/2013 | Cronkite News | Jessica Boehm

The University of Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center broke ground Thursday on a $100 million outpatient cancer treatment clinic in downtown Phoenix set to open in 2015.

House panel OKs tax breaks for startups, self-employed
2/21/2013| Arizona Daily Star | Staff Report

An Arizona House committee gave initial approval to a bill that would create a tax credit for insurance companies that invest in a new high-tech fund overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority, which would use the fund to help high-tech businesses relocate or expand.

Tech Launch Arizona names Doug Hockstad as new director
2/20/2013 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Tech Launch Arizona, a new approach to managing the commercialization of technologies at the University of Arizona campus, has appointed Doug Hockstad as director for the revitalized Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Arizona.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute culls $16.3 million for imaging center
2/19/2013 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has pulled together $16.3 million in federal grants and donations to build an imaging center that will be used for treatment and research of the mind-robbing disease and other maladies such as heart disease and cancer.

GCU president details expansion plans
2/19/2013 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Grand Canyon University President/CEO Brian Mueller told analysts that he hopes to make a decision this summer on whether to expand first to Tucson or an East Valley city and build a campus featuring high-end chemistry, biology and DNA forensic science labs with plans to move into math, engineering and technology.

Dutch firm to open headquarters in metro Phoenix, bring 200 jobs

2/19/2013 | Arizona Republic | Josh Brodesky

Netherlands and Luxembourg-based Stealth Software, which provides on- and off-site data security, announced that metro Phoenix will be home to the company’s U.S. headquarters where it plans to hire about 200 workers and partner with the Arizona universities for internships and long-term research and development projects.

Small-batch pharmaceutical company looks at Peoria site

2/19/2013 | Arizona Republic | Allie Seligman

Small-batch pharmaceuticals and personalized medicine, two cutting-edge health-care technologies, could make their way to Peoria with Massachusetts-based Blue Ocean Biomanufacturing.

Local researcher a top food adviser
2/5/2013 | Arizona Daily Sun | Staff Report

Lance Price, a Flagstaff researcher whose work makes connections between bacteria on poultry and urinary tract infections in people, has been appointed to advise the president’s cabinet on food-safety issues.

BioAccel adds business leaders to organization’s board of directors
2/3/2013 | Independent Newsmedia | Staff Report

BioAccel, an organization working to expand the biotechnology industry in Arizona, has added three well-known business leaders to its board of directors.