AZBio History

1997: Under the leadership of Bob Case and Michael Berens, Ph.D., the Arizona Bioindustry Cluster was born.

2002: The Arizona Biosciences Roadmap, developed by the Flinn Foundation in conjunction with the Battelle Memorial Institute, commences its implementation. Both the public and private sectors start to focus on developing the biosciences in Arizona.

November 2003: In recognition of the commitment to build a viable biosciences industry in Arizona, the Arizona Bioindustry Cluster was reincorporated and changed its name to the Arizona BioIndustry Association (ABA). The Board of Directors included bioscience company executives, university leaders, individuals from state and local agencies and suppliers who work together to help facilitate growth through member benefits, education programs and events, business networking, public policy and entrepreneurial endeavors.

July 2005: The Board of Directors secured a three-year grant from the Flinn Foundation to support its statewide educational outreach efforts. Jon McGarity, who had been serving as Chair of the ABA, was named as the first President and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. The association hosted the first annual Arizona BioIndustry Awards dinner.

May 2007: Jon McGarity left the ABA post to accept the CEO position at Insys Therapeutics, Inc. Through the active involvement and efforts of the Board of Directors, the ABA was able to continue most of its ongoing programs and activities.

October 2007: The Arizona BioIndustry Association hired C. Robert Eaton, former head of MdBio, as President and CEO to lead the organization through its next phase of growth.

February 2008: Rebranded AZBio, the Arizona BioIndustry Association finalized the details of a significant reorganization. A new Board of Directors took the helm of a unified statewide trade association serving Arizona’s growing bioindustry. The Board includes individuals representing AZBio member organizations in Southern Arizona, the Greater Phoenix area and Northern Arizona.

2008: Flinn Foundation extends its grant to AZBio in support of continued growth and outreach.

October 2009: Robert Green steps in as interim President and CEO to help AZBio continue to grow and fulfill its mission.

December 2010: Flinn Foundation grant concludes.

February 2011:  Battelle releases the Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap: Performance Assessment 2002-10

March 2011:  AZBio hires Joan Koerber-Walker as President and CEO to lead the organization and represent the Members as the organization and Arizona BioIndustry prepare for rapid growth.

October 2011: gets a major redesign becoming the statewide portal for Arizona’s Bioscience industry news and events.  The AZBio IN THE LOOP newsletter delivers information to thousands across the state on a weekly basis.

February 2012:  Arizona turns 100 and the Bioscience Road Map Turns 10.  Arizona’s Bioscience Industry has grown jobs at 4 times the national average and the number of firms by 27%  in a decade.

March 2012:  Stepping up its role as Arizona’s Bioscience Industry Advocate. AZBio leads a cross industry coalition to amend Arizona’s Open Records  Law and make the state a more industry friendly environment for sponsored research at the State of Arizona’s universities and research institutions.   HB2272 goes from concept to  signture into law in just 45 days.

June 2012:  AZBio launches the AZBio Expo Online at the BIO International Convention to showcase the breadth of innovation and technology coming from Arizona’s Bioscience Sectors.

November 2013:  The Arizona Bioindustry Association  celebrates 10 Years of supporting the growth of Arizona’s Bioindustry.