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Cancer center expects influx

09/11/2011 | Arizona Republic | Ken Alltucker

It’s  two weeks before the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center opens for       patients, but its new appointment calendar is filling quickly. The early       interest has Banner Health CEO Peter Fine and his staff talking about plans to expand the facility, which is 133,000 square feet. But Fine acknowledges that metro Phoenix patients will be the ultimate judge of how quickly the center grows.

Gowan partners with Colombia company to promote  ‘green’ products    09/09/2011 | Yuma Sun | Chris McDaniel

Gowan Company of Yuma has reached an agreement with EcoFlora, a company in Colombia, to create a joint venture called EcoFlora AGRO. Through this       joint venture, Gowan Company and its global marketing companies will be       the exclusive partner in developing, registering, and marketing EcoFlora’s current unique plant extract based portfolio and their robust product pipeline.

Executive profile: R.F. ‘Rick’ Shangraw Jr. of Arizona State University  09/09/2011 | Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O’Grady

Rick Shangraw has seen technology and growth from both the public and private
sectors. Shangraw currently heads up Arizona State University’s Office of       Knowledge Enterprise Development, which is designed to take the best of the university’s ideas and turn them into commercial realities.

UA-linked hospitals get new names    09/08/2011 | Arizona Daily Star | Stephanie Innes

University  Medical Center is now called the University of Arizona Medical       Center-University Campus. And University Physicians Healthcare Hospital  at Kino will now be known as the University of Arizona Medical Center-South Campus. Both hospitals are part of the University of Arizona Health Network, which is the new name for the entity that formed in the summer of 2010 when University Medical Center Corp. merged with University Physicians Healthcare.

Phoenix OKs construction of $17 mil parking garage on       Biomedical Campus   09/08/2011 | Downtown Devil | Jessica Zook

The  City of Phoenix approved a proposal Wednesday for the construction of a     $17 million parking garage downtown. The Boyer Company gained approval as    the real-estate developer for the garage, which will serve the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus and will be on the southeast corner of Fillmore and Fifth streets. Construction is scheduled to start in November 2012 and be complete by early February 2014.

Arizona has netted $2.6B in health-related stimulus  since 2009
09/07/2011 | Business Journal | Angela Gonzales

Since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $2.6 billion in       stimulus funds available in Arizona. Of that, $2.2 billion went for the       increased federal share of state Medicaid costs, while another $106 million went to scientific research, facilities and equipment.

Innovations make tech incubator live up to its name
(editorial)  09/07/2011 | Arizona Republic

The Innovations Technology Incubator is part of Chandler’s mission to create       high-wage jobs for residents. The idea is to grow and foster ideas in science and technology. Once that happens, entrepreneurs would leave Innovations to buy or lease buildings, purchase equipment and create jobs in Chandler. Christine Mackay, Chandler’s economic-development director, says the city has been approached by new companies and existing tenants that need more space. The current facility is 100 percent occupied.

Regents panel OKs UA plans for 2 new research buildings  09/02/2011 | Arizona Daily Star | Becky Pallack

The University of Arizona is adding two new research buildings on the north       side of Speedway to its wish list. Capital improvement plans were approved by an Arizona Board of Regents committee on Thursday. A proposed $85 million bioscience lab facility would be built near the Bio5 building  for disease research.

ASU scientists receive $5 mil for DNA research   09/01/2011
| State Press | Kharli Mandeville

What if there was a way for doctors to know what diseases their patients were       susceptible to before they even showed symptoms? Two Biodesign Institute       researchers have been awarded more than $5 million in grants to further       pursue research into a cutting edge technology to sequence an individual’s genetic information, or genome.

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