AZBio In the Loop for the Week of April 3, 2017


ASU appoints Josh LaBaer as new Biodesign Institute executive director

Arizona State University announced today that Joshua LaBaer, a leading researcher in cancer and personalized medicine, has been appointed the new executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, effective April 1.

UA Startup Catalina Pharma Offers New Method to Treat Anesthesia-Induced Hypothermia

Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center – Phoenix have come up with a new method for treating the decrease in body temperature that occurs under anesthesia during surgery (anesthesia-induced hypothermia). 

Catalytic Health Partners aligns with digital health technology provider Life365 to improve health outcomes for Medicare and Medicaid patients

Life365, a digital health platform as a service provider, announced a partnership with Catalytic Health Partners, a population health management company that provides enhanced care to high cost Medicare and Medicaid populations in order to improve outcomes while reducing total cost of care.

Topaz and iTel Form Partnership that Integrates Telehealth Software with Electronic Health Records, Practice Management Tools

Healthcare IT company Topaz Information Services has partnered with iTel Companies Inc., a telehealth company, to offer a seamless integration of telehealth services to its clients. 

Insys Announces Saeed Motahari to Become President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors Effective April 17, 2017

Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSY) (“Insys” or “the Company”)  announced that, effective April 17, 2017, Saeed Motahari, will become the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and be appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

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Nominations are now open for the AZBio Awardsduring Arizona Bioscience Week.  

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Maintaining and growing our university research infrastructure is key to growing our industry and our state. Please send AZBio your letter on why you support Governor Ducey’s plan to invest $1 Billion dollars in our University Research Infrastructure and AZBio will deliver it to the Capitol  along with the letters we are collecting from leaders across the state.

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– Events  – Committees – Savings

Join your AZBio Board of Directors, AZBio Members, and Guests as we come together with members of the Southern Arizona life science community at Ventana Medical Systems,Inc., a member of the Roche Group on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  

Upcoming Events

Mini Med School: The War on Cancer

  • Apr 5, 2017 – Phoenix

Listen to Your Heart…A Cardiologist’s Inside Look at Cardiovascular Health, Inflammation and Arthritis

  • Apr 5, 2017 – Tucson

Cord Blood Conference: Blazing Frontiers

  • Apr 13, 2017 – Phoenix

Beer and Bio with the AZBio Board

  • Apr 20, 2017 – Oro Valley

2017 BIO International Convention

  • Jun 19, 2017 – San Diego

Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference

  • Oct 2, 2017 – Vail 

Save the date – our next AZBio Government Affairs Committee call is

Thursday, April 13th at 3 PM AZ/PDT

All AZBio Members are welcome to join the AZBio Government Affairs Committee. 

 Click here to be added to the committee 

The AZBio Legislative Watch List  contains information on bills that impact our industry at the Arizona Legislature.  The list is updated weekly and posted on under the Advocacy tab.  View the AZBio Watch List

AZBio Leadership will be traveling to Washington DC to meet with our Congressional Delegation on April 4-5.  Want to join us in DC?

  Contact AZBio to learn more. 

AZBio is excited to announce a NEW Best-in-Class Cost-Savings Program for Shipping Services with UPS. Through BIO Business Solutions, AZBio can offer its members the buying power of the entire industry —as a FREE benefit—with exclusive deep savings and premier services from UPS. Member companies currently enrolled in the old FedEx program can expect to see additional savings of 10%-20% just by switching to UPS.

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