2011 AZBio Awards Honorees Announced

The Arizona BioIndustry is Moving Forward Faster in 2011

The Arizona BioIndustry Association has selected finalists and honorees for its annual awards gala to be held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass on Oct. 13.  Awards to be presented include: 2011 Michael A. Cusanovich  Educator of the Year, Fast Lane Company Awards, the Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year, the Jon W. McGarity Bioscience Leader of the Year Award, and the Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year Award.

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Tips on Writing Powerful Public Comment Letters Regarding Proposed Regulations

By: Michael T. Hull – Managing Director, InVent Life Sciences   mhull@inventls.com  (Former Regional Advocate for the U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy)

The federal government proposes and finalizes approximately 4,000 new rules every year. In general approximately 800-1,000 will directly affect small business. A 2008 study by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy estimated that the cost of complying with federal rules and regulations exceeds $1.75 trillion per year with small businesses spending approximately 36% more per employee than their large business counterparts.Continue reading

Roche Appoints Mara G. Aspinall President of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. President MARA ASPINALL
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, announced today the appointment of Mara Aspinall to the role of President, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.  Aspinall was most recently Founder, President, and CEO of On-Q-ity, a start-up diagnostics company focused on circulating tumor cell technology.  Continue reading

SynCardia Freedom Driver allows patients waiting for a heart transplant the freedom to go home

Until now, patients with artificial hearts had to stay in the hospital until a
donor heart was available for transplant. The wait involved being hooked up to
an enormous machine weighing over 400 pounds, and could last years.Now, a new portable device from SynCardia Systems, Inc, called the “Freedom” driver allows patients waiting for a heart transplant the freedom to be out and about instead of in the hospital. Compact enough to fit into a backpack, users plug the device into a standard outlet at home.Continue reading

AZBio Members in the News – week of July 18, 2011

July 24, 2011

BIO2011 Community College Day in Washington, D.C. features the work of Xan Simonson and her team in the Mesa Public Schools.  (Bio-Link)

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July 21, 2011
FDA Announces release of Draft Guidance for Industry and Food
and Drug Administration Staff – Mobile Medical Applications

July 20, 2011

Tucson Arizona’s University Medical Center (UMC) Ranked Among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’

July 18, 2011

Shane C. Burgess, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology at Mississippi State University, has been appointed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona. His areas of expertise include cancer biology, virology, proteomics, immunology and bioinformatics.: http://uanews.org/node/40689

Advancing Science and taking a LEED position

Dr. Jack Dean, Dr. Ken Wertman, Joan Koerber-Walker, and Mike Capaldi with Sanofi US LEED GOLD emblem. Photo courtesy of Sanofi US.  All Rights ReservedOn Tuesday July 12, 2011, I traveled to Southern Arizona to join Dr. Ken Wertman and the team at Sanofi US as they celebrated another milestone. This time it is not for groundbreaking advancements in human and animal health. Instead we were recognizing the team’s achievement of  LEED Gold Certification at their home in Oro Valley, Arizona and congratulating the team that made it happen. Laboratories are very difficult to certify because of demands posed by air handling and other challenges in an environment where scientific experimentation is taking place. Sanofi-aventis U.S. strives to limit the environmental impact of their business and the team is proud of having achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification.

LEED is a building rating system that was developed by the US Green Building Council in 2000 and is a nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operations of high performance “green buildings”. The 110,350 square-foot site was constructed in Oro Valley Innovation Park with the grand opening held on January 13, 2010. Of all the buildings in the U.S. that are LEED certified, only two percent are laboratories. Sanofi  US  operates two of those laboratories, one in Cambridge, MA and the one here in Oro Valley just north of Tucson, Arizona.

Another highlight of the trip was getting to spend some time with Dr. Ken Wertman and learning more about his journey, why Sanofi  US chooses Arizona, and what they do here.

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AZBio News for July 2011

UA Study Plays Key Role in International Lung Research30 year study points to new biomarkers for COPD and other lung diseases.

Dr. Cheryl Nickerson of ASU BiodesignFinal countdown: Space Shuttle Atlantis to carry next generation vaccine candidate on last space voyageIts final trip may open a new era of research into infectious diseases, thanks to space bound experiments conducted by Cheryl Nickerson, and Roy Curtiss III, along with their colleagues at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute.

Science Foundation Arizona ups jobs, investment through grants (Phoenix Business Journal)

$2.2M Grant awarded to Fund Heart Failure Study at University of Arizona

Nominations open for the 2011 AZBIO Awards

Phoenix Partnership to Strengthen UA Medical Education

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Biotechnology is changing the way we live, how we think about health, how we combat disease, how we create a more sustainable planet and so much more.  It’s an exciting field in an exciting time and Arizona is a place where bioscience companies, research institutions, and the companies that support them come to  engage, connect, collaborate and grow.

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