AZBio Welcomes Three New Board Members

The Arizona Bioindustry Association, Inc. (AZBio) will welcome three new AZBio Board Members at its August 14, 2017 Meeting. 

The AZBio Board of Directors have elected Sergio Gazic of BioAccel, Richard Bowen of Northern Arizona University, and Galen Perry of TGen to serve as part of the AZBio leadership team. 


The AZBio Board of Directors have elected Sergio Gazic of BioAccel, Richard Bowen of Northern Arizona University, and Galen Perry of TGen to serve as part of the AZBio leadership team beginning at its August 17, 2017 Board Meeting for three year terms. 

A key component in Arizona’s life science ecosystem, the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) is the only statewide organization exclusively focused on Arizona’s bioscience industry. AZBio membership includes patient advocacy organizations, life science innovators, educators, healthcare partners and leading business organizations. AZBio is the statewide affiliate of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and works in partnership with AdvaMed, MDMA and PhRMA to advance innovation and to ensure that the value delivered from life-changing and life-saving innovation benefits people in Arizona and around the world.

AZBio’s Board of Directors includes 34 leaders representing Arizona’s  growing statewide life science and healthcare industry.  AZBio’s Board is representative of Arizona’s bioindustry . Our board members’ companies include small businesses, emerging growth firms, and global leaders as well as Arizona’s leading universities, hospital systems and research institutes.  

“Our AZBio Board is a great example  of the depth of talent and experience we can draw from in Arizona,” stated  AZBio president & CEO, Joan Koerber-Walker.  “Individually, they are experts in business, education, economic development, research, commercialization and manufacturing, public policy, healthcare and patient advocacy.  These men and women are leaders  committed to realizing our  vision of Arizona as a top tier bioscience state.  Arizona is a place where new ides are embraced and where we work together to discover, develop and deliver life saving and life changing innovators that can benefit the people of Arizona day and for generations to come.”

About our newly elected AZBio Board Members: 

Richard Bowen, Associate Vice President in the Office of the President at Northern Arizona University, engages business, community, and economic development organizations around the State of Arizona to maximize the tremendous resources of the University to grow the Arizona economy and create prosperity for Arizona citizens.  Bowen has held a number of roles at Northern Arizona University including Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration, Associate Vice President for Sustainability and Biomedical Initiatives, and Executive Director for Capital Assets.  Bowen previously served as the President of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA).  ECoNA is a Flagstaff based regional economic development organization with membership from the major businesses and organizations in Greater Flagstaff region. ECoNA’s role is to create jobs and economic growth for Northern Arizona.  He also works to serve the State and is on the board of the Arizona Town Hall, Arizona  Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, Arizona Association for Economic Development Professional Education Committee, and the Science Foundation Arizona STEM Advisory board.  Prior to Northern Arizona University, Bowen worked in the corporate sector for JMB Development and Realty in Chicago, Amfac Corporation in Denver and Flagstaff, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Sergio Gazic, CEO of  BioAccel, leads a team committed to acceleratinfgthe development of new companies and biomedical products by providing entrepreneurs with the needed training, mentoring, and early-stage funding support.  Prior to joining BioAccel, Gazic has focused on supporting the growth of Arizona’s bioscience and health care sector at the Arizona Commerce Authority for a period of three years. His career includes positi0ns as  vice president of global sales and corporate development for BioVigilant Systems Inc.; the director of global product marketing for Dako; and the marketing director for Ventana Medical Systems.

Galen Perry, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, where he oversees an active marketing, communications, and education team.  His previous experience includes positions with the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, where he co-­established the Office of Public Outreach and Science Education for NHGRI’s Division of Intramural Research; The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine; and Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor Maine. He is the co-creator of the world’s first Talking Glossary of Genetics, an audio based glossary of genetic terms, accessed to-date by millions of listeners, as well as the accompanying print version, An A to Z of DNA Science: What Scientists Mean When They Talk of Genes and Genomes published by Cold Spring Harbor Press.

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