Biozona Weekly: UA Cancer Center in Phoenix approved; Valeant, Medicis complete merger; Banner MD Anderson to expand

December 18, 2012

By hammersmith

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center will double size in $63M expansion
12/14/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center plans to break ground in January on a $62.6 million project that will nearly double the size of its existing outpatient center in Gilbert.

Phoenix physician honored by Arizona group for elderly care
12/12/2012 | Arizona Republic | Julian Osorio

Phoenix doctor and director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Pierre N. Tariot has received the 2012 Geriatrician of the Year award from the Arizona Geriatrics Society for his focused care of the elderly.

Metro Phoenix job market will be strong in 2013

12/11/2012 | KTAR | Jim Cross

Experts are predicting a surge in biotech jobs as part of a positive outlook for the Phoenix job market next year, according to data compiled by a survey of Valley employers.

Valeant, Medicis complete $2.6B merger

12/11/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. of Scottsdale completed its $2.6 billion merger with Montreal-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, a deal that revealed Medicis founder and CEO Jonah Shacknai will no longer be a director.

Critical Path Institute joins forces with National Multiple Sclerosis Society
12/10/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Adam Kress

Tucson-based Critical Path Institute has joined forces with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to develop new standards for assessing outcomes in clinical trials of MS therapies with hopes of accelerating the development of drug treatments.

Piper Charitable Trust marks $300 million gift milestone
12/10/2012 | Arizona Republic | Russ Wiles

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute are two of the many beneficiaries of gifts from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, which has distributed more than $300 million in grants since 2000.

Work to start on UA cancer center in downtown Phoenix
12/7/2012 | Arizona Republic | Anne Ryman

The Arizona Board of Regents gave final approval to the construction of the $100 million University of Arizona Cancer Center at the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, an outpatient clinic that’s expected to begin treating patients by early 2015.

UA Health Network names a new CEO
12/4/2012 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

The University of Arizona Health Network has named Dr. Michael R. Waldrum, senior leader of the University of Alabama academic medical system, as its new chief executive officer to oversee two hospitals, clinics, health plans, and a physician practice plan.