Biozona Weekly: UA hires interim cancer center director; Panel backs lung cancer screening; Medicis moving to New Jersey

August 2, 2013

By hammersmith

Banner Health’s Gilbert cancer fundraiser a success
7/31/13 | Arizona Republic | Amber Schlaefer (Banner Health Foundation)

Banner Health Foundation and its “Cancer Has Met its Match” fundraising campaign surpassed its $20 million goal after receiving 1,500 individual, corporate and foundation contributions benefiting the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.

Medicis headquarters moving to New Jersey
7/30/13 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, which acquired Medicis Pharmaceuticals last year, said it plans to move the local company’s headquarters from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Scottsdale to New Jersey.

Propel Arizona crowdfunding initiative targets state’s entrepreneurs
7/30/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Propel Arizona, which officially launched in February, is a nonprofit crowdfunding initiative specifically for Arizona entrepreneurs with a mission to jump-start the state economy by helping to create more companies.

Panel backs lung cancer screening for some smokers
7/29/13 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that current and former heavy smokers get annual CT scans to check for signs of lung cancer before symptoms emerge, a screening method that the panel said would cut down on unnecessary deaths.

University of Arizona names interim director of cancer center
7/26/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

Anne E. Cress, a professor of cellular and molecular medicine and radiation oncology at the University of Ariona College of Medicine, has been appointed interim director of the UA Cancer Center, succeeding Dr. David S. Alberts who retired as director after eight years and will continue to conduct research. Read also: Pioneer cancer researcher steps down from UA Cancer Center’s top post

Holliday graduates from TGen summer program
7/26/13 | White Mountain Independent | Staff Report

Ethan Holliday of Eagar, who has attended Eastern Arizona College, was among the 45 graduates from the 2013 Helios Scholars summer internship program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix.