Biozona Weekly: Venture Madness; Cancer center expanding; Colangelo to speak

December 12, 2013

By hammersmith

NAU to hold graduation ceremonies Dec. 19
12/12/13 | Arizona Daily Sun | Michelle McManimon

TGen founder and president Jeffrey Trent will be awarded an honorary degree by Northern Arizona University next week alongside about 2,500 students who will receive their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the fall commencement ceremonies.

Jerry Colangelo to keynote new startup conference
12/11/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Local businessman and sports executive Jerry Colangelo will be the keynote speaker Dec. 18 at the Arizona Technology Council’s inaugural StartupConnect AZ conference in Phoenix, which will showcase and connect Arizona’s technology startup, corporate, and funding ecosystem.

Cancer center having major impact in West Valley
12/10/13 | Arizona Republic | David Madrid

New patients are spurring rapid growth at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s hospital in Goodyear, which is in the midst of a $16 million expansion as it approaches its fifth anniversary.

Medical breakthrough: FDA approves new skin cancer drug tested in Scottsdale
12/10/13 | | Kristine Harrington

A new skin cancer drug for those with inoperable basal cell carcinoma, which was tested at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, has received expedited approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  

10 finalists named for Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge
12/9/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Ten Arizona businesses, including three with ties to the bio and life sciences, were named finalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge, the Arizona Commerce Authority’s biannual business-plan competition.

‘Venture Madness’ launches with 64 startup companies vying for $25,000
12/6/13 | Phoenix Business Journal | Hayley Ringle

Venture Madness, a new signature event developed by Invest Southwest, is a unique bracket-style, head-to-head business competition that pits 64 of the Southwest’s best startups against each other for a chance at a portion of $25,000.

BioInspire report shows steady growth
12/6/13 | Peoria Times | Carolyn Dryer

It was hailed as an innovative jumpstart to encourage high-salary technology startup companies to grow in the City of Peoria, and now one year later, the Peoria City Council’s hopes for the future remain high after hearing a report on BioInspire, an incubator created by BioAccel.

Brain Food: Growing Human Skin
12/5/13 | KNAU | Bonnie Stevens

Step into Robert Kellar’s physiology and anatomy class at NAU and you’ll learn how the human body works, but step into his lab and you’ll learn how to grow human skin.