Biozona Weekly: Ventana, TGen team up to fight cancer; Cancer-gene test likely to be more accessible; Six Innovation Challenge winners announced

June 28, 2013

By hammersmith

Tucson-based Ventana, TGen team up on cancer research
6/25/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Staff Report

Tucson-based Ventana Medical Systems Inc. and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix will work together to discover and develop diagnostic markers for treating cancer starting with pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Tucson tech: Interns do real-world work on Ventana’s latest projects
6/25/13 | Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner

Thirteen students from the University of Arizona and four from Arizona State University are among 23 students who recently started paid summer internships to work on the latest projects at Ventana Medical Systems, which makes instruments that automate tissue analysis primarily for cancer.

West Valley hospital projects take differing paths
6/24/13 | Arizona Republic | Colleen Sikorski

While two hospital construction projects in Glendale and Peoria have metal frames rising from the ground, one of the small hospitals will open in April while the other is in limbo.

Sauer executive director at C-Path
6/23/13 | Arizona Daily Star | Staff Report

John-Michael Sauer has joined the Tucson-based Critical Path Institute as executive director of the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium, C-Path’s longest-standing research group.

Rural schools are in need
6/21/13 | Arizona Republic | Opinion

Science Foundation Arizona has long proved its worth as a conduit between scientific research in the state and potential business applications, and is now branching out into the farthest reaches of the state.

Court ruling should make cancer-gene test more accessible
6/20/13 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down a Utah company’s monopoly over a key gene-based diagnostic test used to predict the likelihood that a woman will get breast or ovarian cancer, likely making the test more affordable.

Maricopa County health-care system picks new chief executive

6/14/13 | Arizona Republic | Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Steve Purves, head of the publicly funded Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., has been named president and CEO of Maricopa County’s public health-care system, replacing Betsey Bayless who is retiring.

Arizona Commerce Authority names Innovation Challenge winners
6/13/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced the six winners of its Spring 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge at the inaugural Innovation Arizona summit in Tempe, including two bioscience companies that will receive $250,000 each to help grow their business.

Phoenix hospital performs rare ‘lung in box’ transplant
6/13/13 | KTAR | Bob McClay

Doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix have performed a “lung in a box” transplant, the first in Arizona to do so at one of five hospitals in the country doing clinical trials on the machine.

Into the mind of … Margaret Mullen
6/7/13 | Arizona Republic | Staff Report

Science Foundation Arizona COO Margaret Mullen answers questions about why the nonprofit decided to commit $15 million over three years to improve math and science education in rural Arizona.