Biozona Weekly: UA medical school building opens in Phoenix; Tucson medical software firm bought; Oro Valley aims to attract biotechs

August 3, 2012

By hammersmith

Behind the scenes of University of Arizona’s new Health Sciences building in Phoenix
07/31/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

The $135 million Health Sciences Education Building on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus is officially open, with construction workers putting the finishing touches on the 265,000-square-foot structure.

UA med school building in Phoenix open
07/31/2012 | Arizona Daily Star | Carol Ann Alaimo

After two years and $135 million, the University of Arizona has a gleaming new training center for future doctors in downtown Phoenix.

Tucson software firm sold for $1.4 billion
07/31/2012 | Arizona Daily Star | Phil Villarreal

In a $1.42 billion deal, Roper Industries has bought Tucson medical software developer Sunquest Information Systems Inc.

C-Path: Innovative organization works to speed drug research
07/31/2012 |  Arizona Daily Star | Tom Beal 

In the competitive, secretive world of Big Pharma, it’s not easy to get drug researchers to talk to one another – and it can be even more difficult to get drug companies and regulators on the same page.  Ray Woosley helped create a safe place for that to happen – the Critical Path Institute.

ASU’s Michael Crow, TGen’s Michael Berens among Governor’s Celebration of Innovation award nominees
07/31/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation annual lifetime achievement award nominees have been announced, and they include some of the biggest backers of technology in the state.

New Phoenix facility seeking to combat valley fever
07/31/2012 | The Arizona Republic | David Rookhuyzen

Valley Fever Center opened this summer at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center as a partnership between the hospital and the University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school.

New U of A medical school building promotes collaboration
7/30/2012 | KJZZ | Nick Blumberg

The University of Arizona College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix debuts a new building today. U of A President Ann Weaver Hart is set to tour the $100 million facility that aims to change how medicine is taught.

Invest Southwest starts 20th year
07/29/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

Invest Southwest Capital Conference will celebrate its 20th year this fall by again bringing in companies from Arizona and around the Southwest to pitch their wares to investors.

Oro Valley looks to streamline process to attract new biotechs
07/27/2012 | Inside Tucson Business | Patrick McNamara

With an eye toward expanding its cluster of medical-research firms, Oro Valley officials have begun discussions about ways to streamline the development process to attract more biotech companies.

Pleased with Beta Test, TGen to Use Illumina’s RapidTrack Service for Rare Disorder Sequencing
07/25/2012 | GenomeWeb | Molika Ashford

TGen beta testers of Illumina’s recently announced RapidTrack sequencing service said they have been impressed with its ease and data quality and plan to continue to use it to study rare childhood diseases.

Arizona venture capital investments up, deals drop
07/20/2012 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

Arizona companies received more than double the amount of venture capital investment in the second quarter than they did a year earlier, but the number of deals declined.