Arizona Innovation


Introducing Arizona's Life Science Innovators


Arizona's Bioscience and Healthcare Leaders are committed to working together to make LIFE better.


Arizona is home to one of the fastest growing bioscience industries in the U.S.  As the statewide advocate and industry association for Arizona’s bioscience industry, AZBio provides the connections, resources, and leadership needed to keep the industry growing at an ever increasing rate.  AZBio is the state affiliate of BIO and works closely with PhRMA, AdvaMed, and MDMA.

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The Flinn Foundation in Phoenix originally commissioned this video to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the launching of Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap. The video, updated in June 2016, touches on the accomplishments of the Roadmap and bioscience sector while highlighting the policy principles that are needed to continue growing the state's economy and improving the health of Arizonans today and tomorrow.

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The Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium is the nation’s leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s disease research, uniting more than 130 scientists from Arizona’s leading medical research institutions. Here, AAC researchers, leaders from member institutions, and Governor Doug Ducey discuss the difference they are making in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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Medicine is at a crossroads. Genomic and other -omic generated information provides a greater understanding of the underlying biological defects associated with a particular disease or disorder. Since day one at TGen, their mission has always been to champion the use of -omics driven decisions to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. 

Currently, less than 15 percent of cancer research funding focuses on early detection, even though intervention at the earliest stages dramatically improves a patient’s chance of survival. Using approaches found nowhere else, TGen scientists are looking at ways in which a simple blood screen could detect cancerous cells early. Their goal: Diagnose cancer in the five- to ten-year window, before it becomes symptomatic through molecular diagnostic tests that detect cancer in its earliest stages. Early detection of cancer and its partner —early intervention— will save lives and improve the quality of life for patients.

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Basic Academic Research Explores the Unknown

University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix faculty member, Joan Rankin Shapiro, PhD, reveals why Basic Medical Science research is the critical foundation to learning and exploring the unknown. The return on Basic Medical Science Research investment can be measured in many ways, from local economic benefits to world-changing advancements.  

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. We are uniquely positioned to accelerate the biomedical and economic engines in Phoenix and the State by leveraging our vital relationships with key clinical and community partners. 


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Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a world-renowned pediatric neuroscience center. It offers the most comprehensive inpatient and outpatient neurological care and services to infants, children and teens with neurological-related issues. We are proud to be one of the few hospitals to offer pediatric neurosurgery, stroke and neurocritical care, neurology, psychology, psychiatry, developmental pediatrics and rehabilitation in one central location. 

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The Biodesign Institute plays a critical role in advancing the research mission ofArizona State University, a comprehensive metropolitan university that is the second largest in the U.S. The Biodesign Institute embodies the guiding principles of the New American University, as defined by Arizona State University President Michael Crow, specifically, to conduct use-inspired research, fuse intellectual disciplines and value entrepreneurship.

To advance its bio-inspired research mission, the Biodesign Institute has established more than a dozen different research centers, labs and 200 active research projects. Its 65 tenured research faculty, who include one two Nobel Prize winners and four National Academy members, publish in top-tier, high impact scientific journals and collaborate with research and commercial enterprises around the world.


University of Arizona BIO5 Institute — Long-time supporter and graduate of the University of Arizona (UA), Mr. Thomas W. Keating, explains why he chose to invest in the UA's collaborative research vision to help create the BIO5 Institute. Today, scientific breakthroughs come where different disciplines intersect. BIO5 incorporates five different areas of research including medicine, pharmacy, engineering, agriculture, and basic science to encapsulate the power they can make together. The BIO5 Institute also seeks to provide hands-on learning opportunities for university and high school students alike. Mr. Keating discusses the KEYS High School Summer Internship Program, which integrates high school students into actual laboratory settings to give them hands-on research experience. The research discoveries, business start ups, and educational resources that extend from the BIO5 Institute not only boost local, state, and national economy, but also benefit humankind across the globe. 


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