AZBio In The Loop – Announcing Our 2017 Trailblazers

Announcing the 2017 AZBio Trailblazers

2017 has been a remarkable year thanks to the Arizona Legislature’s leadership in re-establishing funding for Arizona’s Angel Investor Tax Credit at $10 M ($2.5 M over the next 4 years), extending the Quality Jobs program until 2025,  extending the current research and development tax-credit program for five years.  Improvements were made to our JTED education programs, newborns will receive additional screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), our schools will be able to have inhalers on hand to help students in need of intervention, and last but definitely not least, we now have One Billion reasons why University Research has a brighter future in Arizona.
The 2017 AZBio Trailblazer Honorees are…
(1st row pictured above) House Speaker JD Mesnard, Senator Nancy Barto, Senator Kimberly Yee, Senator Kate Brophy McGee, Representative Lela Alston, (2nd row) Representative Heather Carter, Representative Regina Cobb, DDS, Representative Randall Friese, MD, and  Representative Jay Lawrence.

AZBio Member News

The Arizona Commerce Authority has announced the 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge.  The semifinalists include: Breezing Co. (Tempe), GT Medical Technologies (Gilbert), Life365 Inc. (Tempe), Merchant’s Garden AgroTech Inc. (Tucson), MicronView LLC (Tucson), NanoPin Technologies Inc. (Phoenix), Resonea (Scottsdale), SkinSafe Inc. (Scottsdale), and VB Cosmetics Inc. (Chandler). 

Munk appointed deputy director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute

Stephen Munk has joined the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University as deputy director of science and technology. In this role, Munk will focus on the strategic, business and technical operations of Arizona’s single largest bioscience research infrastructure investment. 

UA Cancer Center Research Team Explores Anti-Breast Cancer Properties of Soy

A University of Arizona Cancer Center and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences research team is engaged in a series of studies to investigate how genistein, a component of soy foods, might suppress the development of breast cancer. 

Startup Regulonix Licenses University of Arizona Non-opioid Pain Drug Candidates

Tucson, Ariz. – Researchers in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson have invented a new class of non-opioid compounds to treat pain. Animal testing has shown that the drug candidates are more effective than morphine,  non-addictive, and  non-toxic at high doses. The UA has licensed the compounds to startup Regulonix.  

Startup Licenses UA Technology That Shortens Cancer Cell Life

The University of Arizona has licensed a drug that aims to shorten the lives of cancer cells to startup Reglagene. The technology, invented at the UA College of Pharmacy and the UA BIO5 Institute by Laurence Hurley, PhD, and Vijay Gokhale, PhD, has been shown to be effective in shortening the lives of target cells, essentially inducing cancer cells to grow old and die. 

Young Entrepreneurs Receive FDA Clearance for Medical Device Poised to Disrupt Newborn Care Market

Through its empathy-driven innovation model, NeoLight develops technologies that treat infants with life threatening medical conditions.


Opportunity Alerts

Monday 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 MONDAY November 6, 2017. Information about the program, including brochure, application, scoring matrix and FAQ’s can be found at

Understand Your Genome Symposium  
(Sign Up by Nov. 17th to get your genome sequenced!)

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 

Light The Night  Nov 11, 2017 – Phoenix Municipal Stadium

 An estimated 1,290,773 people in the US are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. That is why we walk on Nov.11th at Light The Night. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society funds research with a goal of ending these horrible diseases. They also provide resources and support for patients and their families. Please sign up to join us on Sat. Nov. 11th at Light the Night. If you can’t join us in person, you can still be part of the team by making a donation of any size. Each step and each dollar takes us one step closer to finding cures and to making life better for blood cancer patients and their families.  

Learn more at   


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Who’s Hiring?  

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


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Events  – Committees – Savings

Get Connected – Sign up today! 

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

  • Nov 11, 2017 – Phoenix

Design Day at CEI

  • Nov 14, 2017 – Phoenix 

World Cord Blood Day Open House at Celebration Stem Cell Centre

  • Nov 15, 2017 – Gilbert
AzCI Marketing Workshop at Icagen

  • Nov 16, 2017 – Oro Valley

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

  • Jan 9, 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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 Thank you to our AZBio Supporters

Legacy Level:  Arizona Commerce Authority * BIO *  Dorn Policy Group  * Flinn Foundation 
Chairman’s Circle:  Bard Peripheral Vascular  *  BusinessWire 
City of Phoenix * City of Tempe *  
Johnson & Johnson * Roche 
Leadership Level: Alliant Insurance * Amanda Vega Consulting * Amgen * Arizona Science Center * City of Scottsdale *  Cord Blood Registry (CBR) * Dignity Health * Genentech  * Janssen Biotech * KCA * Medtronic Tempe Campus * New Angle Media * Pfizer * PhRMA * Pinnacle Transplant Technologies * Roche Diagnostics *  TGen * The Biodesign Institute at ASU * UA BIO5 * Ulthera * University of Arizona * Ventana Medical Systems * VWR   
Sustaining Partners:  AdvaMed  * Affordable Image * Alliance Bank of Arizona *  Allergan  *  APS * Bank of America * Bristol-Myers Squibb * Eli Lilly * EY * International Research Center * Merrill Lynch * Midwestern University * NFP * Northern Arizona University * PADT Medical * Snell & Wilmer * U.S. Trust  

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