Linda Hunt of Dignity Health Arizona, 2013 Arizona Bioscience Leader of the Year
The Jon W. McGarity Arizona Bioscience Leader of the Year Award honors the person in Arizona who provided the most outstanding leadership that contributed significantly to development of the State’s bioindustry and/or recognition of the advancement of bioscience in Arizona. Recognizing that collaboration builds a stronger community, Linda Hunt has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. Hunt has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.Hunt has served as the head of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012. Dignity Health includes three major hospitals in the Valley, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. A fourth hospital, St. Joseph’s Westgate, is under construction.
Arizona Bioscience Overview
Arizona is home to one of the fastest growing bioscience industries in the U.S. Watch the video to see how a statewide collaboration built the research infrastructure and attracted a growing talent base of thought leaders committed to making Arizona a leading bioscience state.
Company Presentation: NuvOx
NuvOx Pharma is a biotechnology company based in Tucson, Arizona with a novel patent portfolio allowing it to develop an innovative platform of dodecafluoropentane (DDFP)-based oxygen therapeutics to treat a host of human conditions. Founded in 2008, NuvOx Pharma has demonstrated therapeutic feasibility in radiation-resistant cancer, hemorrhagic shock, traumatic brain injury, myocardial infarction, retinopathy and stroke. Due to inherent structure of DDFP, a very stable and relative lack of inter-molecular attractive forces, this perfluorocarbon is known to carry large payloads of oxygen in the bloodstream. The main advantage to using DDFP is that it is a liquid at room temperature, but expands to the gas state in the body. Therefore, upon intravenous injection the transition of DDFP from a liquid to a gas in the bloodstream allows for ~600 times increased oxygen transport compared to Hemoglobin.
Senestech: Humane Pest Control
Senestech is a platform biotechnology company specializing in reproductive physiology. Our mission: Senestech aims to provide for the more humane treatment of animals, to improve the quality of human life, and to enhance environmental stewardship through global application of our animal fertility control technology. We are currently applying our revolutionary technology to the control of rats and mice in both agricultural and urban settings.
Company Presentation: Invoy Technologies, LLC
Exhaled Breath: A Portal for Pain-Free Biochemical Analysis Invoy is engaged in the development and commercialization of breath analysis devices for a broad range of applications. Invoy plans to offer patients the ability to monitor their health in the convenience of their own home – with a prescription-based breath analysis device called the Voyager. The process is pain-free and the results are quick and accurate; giving patients peace of mind and confidence in using this new-to-the-market device.
Convergence and Personalized Medicine
Greg Yap is Senior Vice President and Lifecycle Leader for Advanced Staining Assays at Ventana Medical Systems. In this role, Greg is responsible for Ventana’s 450 million dollar cancer diagnostic testing business. Ventana’s tests are the market leaders and are used to help guide treatment for over 6 million cancer patients each year worldwide. Previously, Greg was Chief Operating Officer at Cellective Dx, a circulating tumor cell company, and held multiple senior operating roles at Affymetrix.
MSDx: Company Presentation
MSDx, Inc .provides novel biomarker tools for studying disease processes. The company is focused on commercializing both Research Use Only (RUO) and In VitroDiagnostic (IVD) blood test products that will be used in monitoring neurological, autoimmune, and inflammatory disorders.
Nasseo moves into the Fast Lane
Nasseo, Inc. is a start-up medical device company developing an implant surface modification technology to provide patients and clinicians with the next generation of dental and orthopedic implants. Over the past 18 months the company has achieved very impressive milestones and is in the Fast Lane to delivering a new platform technology that benefits patients in several compelling markets. In 2013 NASSEO was accepted into the BioInspire Medical Device accelerator in Peoria, AZ. In addition to mentoring and support, NASSEO received a $300,000 investment of seed funding from the highly competitive program. NASSEO was also named the 2013 Innovation Challenge Winner by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) in its spring Arizona Innovation Challenge securing $250,000 for the commercialization of its first product, the TiArray™ Dental Implant which received FDA approval in 2013.