Researchers develop drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome patients

When a baby is born, each cell in his or her body contains 23 pairs of chromosomes or 46 chromosomes in total, with half coming from each parent. At least, this is the case most of the time.

Yet, the biological machinery responsible for assuring proper chromosome distribution sometimes goes awry. This can result in a range of serious genetic diseases, the most common of which is Down syndrome. In this case, an extra copy of chromosome 21 is inherited from one parent. The condition is also known as Trisomy 21.Continue reading

Vidium Animal HealthⓇ and Torigen Pharmaceuticals Partner to Increase Accessibility of Advanced Cancer Care for Canine Patients


PHOENIX—October 11, 2022Vidium Animal Health announced today that it has partnered with Torigen Pharmaceuticals, an animal health biologics company, to offer genomic testing and precision medicine to more veterinarians. By opening up the use of personalized, precision medicine to the veterinary marketplace, Vidium and Torigen are providing specialists and general practicing veterinarians with more options to advance the care of dogs with cancer.Continue reading

ASU professor to study new genome editing tools with NIH Innovator Award

There are many human genetic diseases — for example, sickle-cell disease, cystic fibrosis and Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome — that currently have no cure and are caused by point mutations, for which there is a pressing need to develop precision genome editing tools able to correct these mutations with high efficiency and accuracy.

Assistant Professor Audrey Lapinaite from Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences and the Biodesign Institute’s ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center is working on this problem and has just been awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.Continue reading

$2 Million SBIR direct to phase II award funds therapeutic development and testing at Stingray Therapeutics and TGen

PHOENIX, Ariz. — October 4, 2022 — The Translational Genomics Research Institute, Part of City of Hope, and Stingray Therapeutics, Inc. of Dallas and Houston, Texas today announced a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) accelerated direct to phase II award of $2 Million. The NIH award, known as America’s Seed Fund, provides support to early-stage businesses to bring scientific innovations from bench to bedside.Continue reading

MCCCD Governing Board Names Dr. Steven R. Gonzales the System’s Permanent Chancellor

Tempe, Ariz, September 27, 2022 – Tonight, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Governing Board voted to appoint Dr. Steven R. Gonzales as MCCCD’s permanent Chancellor. Dr. Gonzales has led the system in an interim capacity since January 25, 2020, when he was appointed by the Governing Board after the departure of former Chancellor, Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick.Continue reading

Dr. Brinton Named AZ Bioscience Researcher of the Year

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Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation in Brain Science(CIBS) will be honored as the Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) at the 2022 AZBio Awards event Sept. 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Dr. Brinton is a Regents Professor of Pharmacology with an additional appointment in neurology in the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and a member of BIO5 Institute. She returned to her alma mater in 2016 to create CIBS, a hybrid university/biotech research center designed to advance cures for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, through integrated discovery, translational and clinical science. Since its inception, CIBS has received more than $112 million in grants to advance cures for these neurodegenerative diseases.Continue reading

Aqualung Therapeutics Corp. Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for ALT-100, a Novel mAb Therapy for the Treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

– Aqualung will continue the P1A Healthy Human Volunteer Trial and complete the trial first half of 2023
– The Phase 2A study (PUERTA) will be initiated in the 2nd half of 2023
– ALT-100 is the first humanized mAb therapy that targets the eNAMPT protein which plays a pivotal role in regulating inflammation and fibrosisContinue reading