Biozona Weekly: Ventana Medical Systems; Businessperson of the Year; UA Health Network

January 9, 2015

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Pima County approves acquisition of UAMC
1/7/15 | Arizona Daily Star | Patrick McNamara

The Pima County Board of Supervisors signed off on the transition of day-to-day operations of the University of Arizona Health Network to Banner Health.

Stage 4 pancreatic cancer now undetectable in Phoenix man
1/5/15 | | Jared Dillingham

A Phoenix man with pancreatic cancer, who was told he only had months to live, says he has been given a second chance at life after enrolling in a clinical trial at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, which is part of the Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network.

Businessperson of the Year: Startup maven MaryAnn Guerra brings big business to biotech

1/2/15 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

MaryAnn Guerra, known for her passion for bringing biotech to Arizona, worked the social media channels for online votes to become the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2014 Businessperson of the Year.

Study finds biotech and traditional practices need to coexist

12/31/14 | AG Professional | Staff Report

An international team led by Chinese scientists and Bruce Tabashnik at the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences discovered that the diverse patchwork of crops in northern China slowed adaptation to genetically engineered cotton by a wide-ranging insect pest.

Trial by fire: How Gov. Brewer led Arizona out of the Great Recession
12/31/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Steve Zylstra (Guest Blogger)

Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, praises former Governor Jan Brewer’s economic policies that he said have helped the state and made it possible for the technology industry to not only recover, but be poised for prosperity.

Award in hand, Ventana driving digital diagnostics

12/27/14 | Arizona Daily Star | Caitlin Schmidt

With a major manufacturing award in hand, Oro Valley-based Ventana Medical Systems is looking to the future with the development of advanced technology for digital diagnostics.

Resident execs to help UA tech efforts
12/27/14 | Arizona Daily Star | Staff Report

A dozen veteran entrepreneurs have signed on to help the University of Arizona bring its technologies to market as “commercialization partners.”

How to stop Arizona’s boom-bust economy
12/22/14 | Arizona Republic | Bob Robson (Op-ed)

The state lawmaker says investing in university research worked a decade ago and should be done again to help diversify Arizona’s economy and avoid the roller-coaster ride of boom and bust.

Schools use arts to generate passion for science
12/22/14 | Arizona Republic | Cathryn Creno

A growing number of schools are incorporating arts lessons into their science, math and technology programs with a goal of getting kids not typically excited about technology and gadgets enthusiastic about the subjects.

See the top 3 health care stories of 2014
12/19/14 | Phoenix Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Millions of dollars will be spent in the Phoenix hospital market as a result of three of the industry’s biggest stories in 2014, including KUD International’s plans to invest $1 billion to develop a bio corridor near the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.