AZBio and SynCardia on ABC15
By: Christina Estes ABC15
Tucson-based SynCardia Systems was among the companies showcased at the annual AZ Bio Expo.It’s a chance for bioscience and technology companies to learn more about funding opportunities and hear success stories.According to the Arizona BioIndustry Association, our state is getting more federal funding for research and seeing higher job growth in the bioscience industry compared to the national average.“Tucson and Arizona are the international headquarters for the world’s only total artificial heart,” said Don Isaacs, SynCardia vice president of communications. “They replace the exact same parts of the heart as if you had a heart transplant.”The SynCardia heart is made in Arizona using bio-compatible material also made here. Isaacs says they have 82 employees in Arizona and about 80 people currently using the heart. The device is considered a bridge for people awaiting a transplant or a life saver for those who will not get transplants due to age or medical conditions.“There’s only 2,200 hearts available per year in the United States and the level of donors has been the same for the last twenty years,” Isaacs said.SynCardia is also undergoing FDA clinical trials for the world’s first wearable power supply for their temporary artificial heart.
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Cancer Genomics: the future of personalized medicine
2012 Bioscience Leader of the Year, Robert Penny, MD, PhD shares the history of the Cancer Genome Atlas Project and a look forward at the future of personalized medicine.
CBR - 20 Years of Cord Blood Research
Cord blood stem cells have been used to treat more than 80 diseases, from leukemias and anemias to immune and metabolic disorders. Today, even more treatment options are being evaluated in cutting-edge, FDA-regulated clinical trials. This growing number of potential uses means more medical options for your family later.
Arizona Pioneer Thomas M. Grogan, MD
Thomas M. Grogan, M.D., Founder of Ventana and SVP, Medical Affairs of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, receives the AZBio Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2013 AZBio Awards on October 10, 2013.
Dr. Grogan was a pathologist and professor at the University of Arizona when in the mid 1980’s he and a small team set out to challenge the limitations of the then current standards and processes for cancer pathology. What was to become the company’s first digital pathology instrument evolved from Grogan’s notes on a yellow pad into the BenchMark IHC/ISH staining platforms. Under Grogan’s leadership, Ventana was founded in 1987, went public in 1996, and was acquired by Roche for $3.4 billion in 2008. Over the last 25 years, Ventana has grown to become a global leader in developing and manufacturing tissue-based diagnostic instruments and tests focused on the detection of cancer. Ventana employees continue to pursue the same deeply rooted mission of innovating diagnostic testing and enabling personalized healthcare to improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer worldwide.
Dr. Grogan has made it his personal mission to make life better for the millions of patients who battle cancer each day. His passion and dedication are infectious and has spread across the company that he and his team built. Through their efforts they have revolutionized the field of cancer diagnostics and are pioneering new roads in the field of personalized healthcare.”
Company Presentation: Invoy Technologies, LLC
Leadership Conversation with Nobel Laureate Leland Hartwell, PhD
How will we create sustainable health? What innovations can make a difference? What is the role of education? Lee Hartwell, PhD, is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine at the Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. At the Center his work focuses on creating effective learning environments. The first is a course required for all K-8 teachers, Sustainability Science for Teachers and the second is Project Honey Bee, an interdisciplinary research project to validate wearable devices for ambulatory patient management. He also oversees a project to develop biomarkers for the clinical management of many diseases at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Hartwell was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for identifying genes that control cell division in yeast.
Partnering in the New Age of R&D
There is a major shift occurring in our industries with companies
large and small. None of us are looking
to go it alone in a world where new product development can range from millions
Again we looked to experts from the front lines for insights...
Panelists: Paul August, VP and head of the early to candidate program for Sanofi, US ; Babak Nemat of founder of Strategic Intelligence and advisor to J&J, Bill Mulholland of Snell & Wilmer, Joan Koerber-Walker, AZBio (moderator)