AZBio In the Loop for the Week of October 30, 2017

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AZBio Member News

TGen-USC study finds ‘Precision Medicine’ may not always be so precise

Team develops new tool, LumosVar, for discerning genetic variants; more genomic sequencing needed for clinical application to cancer patients.

Heavy metal thunder: Protein can be switched on to conduct electricity like a metal

When pushing the boundaries of discovery, sometimes even the most experienced of scientists can get a surprise jolt from a completely unpredictable result.

Biodesign researchers shrinks cost of device to diagnose tuberculosis in the field

With smartphones millions of times more powerful than the NASA Apollo computers that sent us to the moon in the 1960s, scientists have been eager to adapt them back here on Earth to better the planet.

UA Startup Advances New Therapies for Vascular Dementia

Two patents have been awarded to the UA based on the novel approach of ProNeurogen to treating diseases causing memory loss and cognitive impairment.

US FDA awards I-ACT for Children a grant for pediatric medicines & devices network

The US Food and Drug Administration has awarded the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT for Children) a grant to improve clinical trials of new drugs and devices for children. The award establishes an alliance among I-ACT for Children and PEDSnet, the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Critical Path Institute and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation, to work together with leading children’s institutions and health systems to address key gaps and challenges in pediatric clinical trials.

UA Lab Seeks ‘Holy Grail of Gerontology’

What if you could experience full health until the very end of your life? UA researchers, led by Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, think long-lasting immunity from disease might be possible — if the thymus and the T-cells it produces to fight infection can be brought back to work efficiently.

TGen is one of 25 research groups sharing $9 million to combat drug-resistant bacteria

U.S. Centers for Disease Control announces creation of pilot projects geared to protect public health


Opportunity Alerts

Monday, Nov. 6th is your last day to Apply!!!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program for early-stage bioscience firms.  The deadline to apply is November 6, 2017. Information about the program, including brochure, application, scoring matrix and FAQ’s can be found at 


Patents for Humanity Awards Now Open for Applications

Patents for Humanity, the USPTO’s top honor for patent owners and licensees who use game-changing technology to meet humanitarian needs, is now accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. Anyone who owns or licenses a U.S. patent or patent application is eligible. Winners receive an acceleration certificate to expedite proceedings at the USPTO, as well as public recognition of their work. 

Season for Giving – November Events

Enjoy our beautiful fall weather and come out to support a great cause 

TGen stepNout Run/Walk/Dash 2017

  • Nov 5, 2017 – Scottsdale

Light The Night

  • Nov 11, 2017 – Phoenix

Out Race Cancer

  • Nov 18, 2017 – Chandler 

Post your open career opportunities today at

Who’s Hiring?  

Check out career opportunities with Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, Celerion, Critical Path Institute,  EpiFinder, Regenesis Biomedical, and Systems Imagination (Internship). 


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Join us for Beer & Bio with the AZBio Board on Nov. 16th.  It’s FREE!

  • Nov 1, 2017 – Phoenix

World Cord Blood Day Open House at Celebration Stem Cell Centre

  • Nov 15, 2017 – Gilbert

Beer & Bio with the AZBio Board at GlobalMed

  • Nov 16, 2017 – Scottsdale

AZBio Trailblazers 2017 

  • Dec 14, 2017 – Phoenix
State Biotech Kick Off Reception – JPM Week

  • Jan 7, 2018 – San Francisco

Biotech Showcase 2018  (AZBio Members Save)

  • Jan 8-10, 2018 – San Francisco

Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase  (AZBio Members Save)

  • Jan 8-10, 2018 – San Francisco
Understand Your Genome Symposium  (Sign Up by Nov. 17th to get your genome sequenced!)

  • Feb 22, 2018 – Scottsdale

White Hat Investors Conference during AZBW 2018

  • Oct 3-4, 2018 – Phoenix

Save the date: AZBio Government Affairs Call: Thursday Nov. 9th at 3 PM 
All AZBio Members are welcome to join the AZBio Government Affairs Committee.  Click here to be added to the committee  

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