Ventana: The Birth of a Life Changing Idea
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a Member of the Roche Group, is a global leader in tissue diagnostic innovations for anatomic pathology. This video reveals the true story of a quest to improve the standard of care for a single patient -- a quest that began a new era in cancer diagnostics. Discover how automated staining is empowering histology labs worldwide to deliver prompt, personalized diagnostic information.
David S Alberts AZBio Pioneer
David S. Alberts, MD. Throughout his career, Dr. Alberts has focused on translational cancer prevention and treatment research. The emphasis of his laboratory-based and clinical research has been on the chemoprevention and treatment of such pervasive and potentially deadly diseases as cancers of the breast, colon, ovary, and skin. He has been the UA Cancer Center’s director since 2005. Under Dr. Alberts’ leadership the extensive research portfolio of The University of Arizona Cancer Center includes more than $60 million in annual research funding, including four large NCI interdisciplinary programs, and two Special Programs of Research Excellence, one in gastrointestinal cancers and one in lymphoma. Clinically, Dr. Alberts pioneered new treatments for advanced ovarian cancers, including in vitro tumor cell chemosensitivity testing for personalized medicine strategies, intraperitoneal chemotherapy , and maintenance chemotherapy. Presently, Dr. Alberts helps to coordinate Phase I and II and pharmacokinetic drug studies at The University of Arizona Cancer Center for molecularly-targeted chemopreventive agents. His laboratory research is concentrated on the evaluation of new surrogate endpoint biomarkers for cancer prevention trials with a special focus on precursor lesions for bladder, breast, colon, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers, using quantitative histopathology (i.e. karyometric) approaches. His NCI funded drug and diagnostics research has resulted in more than two dozen patents and the co-founding of five Arizona pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Jennifer Kehlet Barton, PhD, 2012 Bioscience Educator of the Year
Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Professor, Biomedical Engineering at The University of Arizona was named the 2012 Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association. Dr. Barton was nominated by students, past and present with supporting nominations by her co-workers, and selected for this honor by an independent panel of judges from across the state of Arizona for her contributions to all aspects of bioscience education. They include her skill as a course instructor, her compassion and patience as a mentor and adviser to undergraduate and graduate students, her strategic leadership in creating a learning environment and career path for students via her development and leadership of the UA Biomedical Engineering Programs, her recent role as Assistant Director of the BIO5 Institute, and her participation with industry in a broad range of industry association and community groups.
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.
Paul Keim, Phd - 2012 Bioscience Researcher of the Year
Dr. Paul Keim is the Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology at Northern Arizona University (NAU), the Director of Pathogen Genomics at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and research affiliate at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Dr. Keim’s research focuses on the advancement of forensics and genomics analysis of bacterial pathogens. You may know this globally recognized researcher as ” Doctor Anthrax” (a moniker he gained after 9-11) but there is a lot more to the work Dr. Keim and his team focus on every day.
2012 Bioscience Company of the Year - Cord Blood Registry
The first cord blood sample ever saved by a family belonged to the son of CBR's Scientific Director. Two decades later, CBR (Cord Blood Registry) is the largest, most experienced stem cell bank, entrusted by families worldwide. Thanks to expecting families like yours, more than 400,000 children have newborn stem cells saved with CBR. As you decide what's best for your family, it's important to understand the CBR difference in quality and experience. CBR has banked more stem cells than any other family bank and has the most experience helping families use their cord blood for medical treatments. In October 2012, CBR was named the Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year.
Innovation Local Business Incubator Transforms Science Into Marketable Applications
Transforming Innovation into Business Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology fosters business growth and economic vitality, creating high-quality jobs for the region. Partnering with a wide variety of non-retail, service, manufacturing, high technology, science and renewable energy firms, NACET offers a hands-on business incubation engagement program designed to transform innovation into viable companies. NACET’s powerful program matches great ideas with the appropriate resources. We not only link our client companies to specialty labs and equipment, intellectual property and capital resources, but we also create synergies through an extensive network of mentors, faculty, staff, interns and alumni from local businesses and academic institutions. Located on the burgeoning business campus near Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Ariz., NACET offers a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility with affordable office and meeting space, administrative support services, fully-equipped laboratory space and advanced communications technology. NACET – Your Business Resource NACET’s extensive business acumen and resources could be the catalyst you need to transform your innovation into a viable company. Find out how we can help.
STEM: Nadja Anderson Interview Part 2
2011 Bioscience Educator of the Year, Dr. Nadja Anderson, director of the BIOTECH Project for University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute, shows some the materials used to demonstrate DNA extraction at science festivals and during classroom visits. Read the article Biosciences Education >>
Championing Patient Safety: Ventana
Anatomic pathology labs today face critical shortages in technicians, along with increasing demands to produce better quality results, faster.While the average pathology lab maintains a 99% quality rate, that leaves a 1% margin for error that could mean as many as 6 misidentified samples every single week for an average size lab*. When real patient results are at risk, even a small margin of error is unacceptable. Now, more than ever, we must safeguard every patient...every step of the way.Here, you will learn about pathology lab process errors that compromise the integrity of patient results, and the solutions that can put your lab on a SaferPath.