AZBio Viewpoint – Key Issues and Actions for 2012

Beginning in November 2011, AZBio reached out across Arizona and asked our community to rate the importance of key factors related to the growth of our bioscience industry here in Arizona as well as what areas AZBio should focus on in 2012 on a rating scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

What do AZ Bioscience companies need to thrive? Of fifteen issues, here are your top five areas based on the number of 4’s and 5’s combined.

  1. State and local policies that promote the attraction and growth of companies in the  Arizona Bioscience Industry. (80% rated this a 4 or 5) 
  2. Access to a qualified bioscience talent pool (75% rated this a 4 or 5) 
  3. Improving the quality of our Arizona educational system overall (71% rated this 4 or 5)
  4. Access to growth capital  (63% rated this a 4 or 5)  
  5. State financial support for the continued growth of Arizona’s independent research institutions and universities (61% rated this a 4 or 5)

Where can AZBio make the most impact?  Where should we focus our resources?

  1. Working with Angels, Venture Capital, and Financial Institutions to expand opportunities for Arizona Bioscience Companies to access growth capital. (78% rated this a 4 or 5)
  2. Advocating for our industry at the state and local level (75% rated this a 4 or 5)  
  3. Spreading the word about the  value created by Arizona’s Bioscience Industry (71% rated this a 4 or 5)  
  4. Working with educators to promote interest in bioscience education and for their students, interest and preparation for bioscience careers.  
  5. Advocating for our industry and state in Washington, D.C. (70% rated this a 4 or 5)

 Stay Tuned in December for a sneak peek at AZbio’s Plans for 2012.

AZBio Celebrates Trailblazers

Arizona’s bioscience community came together on December 1, 2011 to show appreciation to the leaders who have blazed the path for bioscience growth here in Arizona.  We call these individuals “Trailblazers.”

Members of community from across the  state had an opportunity to share ideas with legislators, elected officials and leaders from Arizona’s bioscience companies, universities and research institutions.  AZBio members also were updated on the latest results from the AZBio Viewpoint Survey and all attendees received the 2012 AZBio public policy initiatives as well as  a comprehensive list of policy recommendations from the Flinn Foundation and the Bioscience Road Map Steering Committee. Continue reading

SynCardia expands to Europe

SynCardia Forms European Entity to Address Growing Demand for
World’s Only Approved
Total Artificial Heart
18 New European Hospitals Have Enrolled in SynCardia’s Certification Program to Implant the Total Artificial Heart during the Last 15 Months.Continue reading

Recognizing Excellence in Innovation: PADT

Delivering innovation on a consistent basis is a recipe for success.  Getting recognized for the impact your efforts make in helping others succeed too is the icing on the cake.  Just ask Rey Chu, Mark Johnson, Eric Miller, and Ward Rand the owners of PADT, Inc.

What we call a recipe for success, they state as the PADT Philosophy…

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Peoria Mayor Welcomes the addition of new Medical Device and Bioscience Incubator

As seen in the Arizona Republic on 11/18/2011

Peoria will soon play host to bioscience startups, with the lofty long-term  goal of becoming a bioscience hub focused on medical devices that would bring  high-paying jobs to the city.

The Peoria City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a partnership  with BioAccel, a Phoenix non-profit that mentors startups, as well as Plaza  Companies of Peoria, which would host the Peoria Incucelerator. The name comes  from the combination of incubator and accelerator.Continue reading

Just released: Pete Pellerito of BIO to keynote AZBio Trailblazer Awards on December 1st

Peter M. Pellerito of BIO to share a National Perspective on Best Practices That Support Bioscience Industry Growth at AZBio Trailblazer Awards Luncheon December 1, 2011.

The Arizona BioIndustry Association (AZBio) today announced that Peter M. Pellerito of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will present a keynote on best practices for state bioscience industry growth at the AZBio Trailblazer Awards on December 1, 2011 as the community gathers to honor state leaders.Continue reading

Banner Alzheimer’s study links countries

As seen in the Arizona Republic

It’s a scene that could play out anywhere: four 20-somethings laughing,  munching on pizza and chatting about plans to go dancing in Scottsdale.

But this group of young men and women at a Phoenix hospital last weekend were  far from carefree. They know they each may possess a genetic ticking time bomb  that has robbed generations of family members in their homeland of Medellin,  Colombia.Continue reading