Health & Biotech

Arizona Firm Moves To Seacoast,Creates 100 Jobs

  Via PORTSMOUTH — A company that develops imaging devices to help physicians detect, track and monitor skin changes relocated to the Seacoast from Arizona, following a meeting between Gov. Chris Sununu and company executives earlier this year. Sununu is scheduled to officially welcome Digital Skin Imaging (DSI Acquisition Inc.), a new high-tech medical device company, to Portsmouth during a 5:30 p.m. reception today at Medtronic, 180 International Drive,

UA Wins $4.8 Million Grant To Work On Valley Fever Vaccine For Dogs

Via The University of Arizona has secured $4.8 million in federal money to fund a canine vaccine against valley fever. The live vaccine was invented by UA fungal geneticist Marc Orbach, is called delta-CPS1. It is a mutant sport that has already protected mice from valley fever. The grant from the National Institutes of Health is for four years and could bring the vaccine to market for dogs in

Maricopa County Taxman Targets Medical Marijuana Businesses

Via Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is cracking down on medical-marijuana businesses he says are evading as much as $1.5 million in property taxes each year by failing to report the value of the equipment they use. Only 11 of 109 medical-marijuana businesses this year submitted itemized lists of their equipment to the Assessor’s Office to be taxed as required by law, he said. And from 2010, when the

Via CHANDLER, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Arizona Bioindustry Association will honor Laurence Hurley, PhD, of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy as the Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year at the 2017 AZBio Awards. Arizona life science and business leaders, as well as guests from across the nation, will recognize Dr. Hurley for his legacy of work that has made a significant clinical impact to improve patients’ lives. Hurley is

Merger Shows Medical Marijuana Growth In Arizona

Via Harvest, a national medical marijuana operator, has merged with Modern Flower, a leading Arizona cultivator and wholesale cannabis supplier, making it the largest cannabis supply operation in the state. The merger gives the company more dispensary licenses and cultivation facilities than any other provider in Arizona. Americans for Safe Access is working to make cannabis available to all who need it as medicine. Harvest is one of only

Via Tucson-based drug startup Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced the launch of a Phase 2 clinical trial at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to test the company’s flagship drug candidate for preventing gastric cancer. The drug, CPP-1X, will be studied in patients with precancerous gastric lesions who are at high risk for gastric cancer, the company said Monday. The trial is funded by the National Cancer Institute and run in

Bright Health Files To Expand Insurance Coverage To Arizona

Via Consumer-driven healthcare company Bright Health announced today that it plans to expand to the Phoenix, Arizona, market in 2018. Bright Health filed with the federal government to begin offering consumers Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona’s Maricopa county during fall 2017 enrollment for the 2018 plan year. Bright Health is collaborating with Arizona Care Network (ACN), a large physician-led health system with more than 5,000 clinicians, to create a

Arizona’s MedTech Sector Makes Big Impact On Bioscience Roadmap

Via Arizona’s technology community and the Bioscience Roadmap have become driving forces behind the economic success of our state. The industry plays a significant role in almost every sector of the business landscape and the work of its leaders is putting our state on the map as a nationwide contender. Two industries in which technology and innovation are critical to saving lives are healthcare and bioscience. Our medical technology

Tucson Startup Treats Eye Disease With Radiation

Via The medical instrument that Tucson-based startup Salutaris Medical Devices is developing can give you the willies, with a hook designed to be inserted behind the eye. Despite the high yuck factor, Salutaris’ new method for radiation treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration offers new hope for patients with a major cause of age-related blindness. And some nine years after its founding based on research at the University of

ASU Students Team Up With Barrow To Create Medical Rehab Devices

Via In most classes, a good job results in an “A.” In Panagiotis Polygerinos’ mechatronics device class, a good job results in a patented invention that improves lives. The Arizona State University assistant professor (pictured above) teamed his engineering students with therapists and physicians at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix to create medical rehab devices. Three of those devices are being patented. “Now we have three provisional patents, we’re