Arizona’s bioscience industry is exceeding expectations in growth, and Scottsdale is playing a big part.
Four of the Valley’s top leaders in biotech, the practice of using biological research to develop products that improve human health, presented the latest information in the field at Thursday’s Scottsdale Mayor and City Council Breakfast.
Mayor Mary Manross sits on the Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, and brought in the experts to educate the public on the importance of biological research, especially in treating cancer.
“We want to help people understand the part we’re trying to play in the biosciences,” she said.
So far this year, the state Legislature has put aside $35 million to invest in science, Grand Canyon University announced plans to build a wet-lab facility; Chandler and Surprise made plans to help bioscience companies; and a
neuroscience tower opened at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
In Scottsdale this year, the Mayo Clinic announced plans to create a partnership with Arizona State University in cancer research; biotech firm InNexus announced it would move its headquarters to the Mayo Clinic; and Paradise Valley High School started a biotechnology program focusing on research, health care and agriculture.
During Thursday’s presentation, Martin Shultz, chairman of the Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, said the group is less than halfway through its 10-year plan and has already reached a halfway point toward its goal of raising $1.4 billion to fund biotech efforts in the state.
He also showed a segment from CBS that aired four weeks ago highlighting the research at Scottsdale Healthcare in cancer treatments.
Other speakers were Susan Brown, associate vice president of Oncology Services for Scottsdale Healthcare; Richard Love, managing director of Translational Genomics Research Institute Accelerators; and Laurence Miller, director for Research and the Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic.
Miller announced that researchers for the Mayo Clinic-ASU collaboration, called Mac 5, would be moving into the Scottsdale facility soon.
Mayo Clinic campus development specialist Eric Erickson said the lab for Mac 5 is being set up, as is the lab space for InNexus biotech research.
He said it still hasn’t been decided whether Chicagobased firm Insys Therapeutics would be housed at the Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research building, but it is likely.