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Want To Move Forward Faster? Activate The Collaborative Gene

clip_image002Arizona biosciences sector demonstrates how to accelerate innovation and job growth and offers insight on how Washington can keep things moving forward faster by activating its “collaborative gene.”

These days tales of economic vitality are few and far between making Arizona’s bioscience sector an inspiration to all as the nation focuses on jobs and economic recovery. Continue reading

2011 AZBio Awards Honorees Announced

The Arizona BioIndustry is Moving Forward Faster in 2011

The Arizona BioIndustry Association has selected finalists and honorees for its annual awards gala to be held at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass on Oct. 13.  Awards to be presented include: 2011 Michael A. Cusanovich  Educator of the Year, Fast Lane Company Awards, the Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year, the Jon W. McGarity Bioscience Leader of the Year Award, and the Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year Award.

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Life Sciences in the Fast Lane

MP900438890[1]This year at the AZBio Awards and Expo our theme is all about forward motion.  Specifically, how  we move forward…faster.

From global innovations like IBM’s WATSON on Thursday night October 13, 2011 to panels of CEOs and leaders along with  nationally recognized thought leaders who will take the stage Friday October 14, 2011,  the conversations are geared up to deliver  the information and ideas  we  need to move our industry and our economy forward…faster.

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Advancing Science and taking a LEED position

Dr. Jack Dean, Dr. Ken Wertman, Joan Koerber-Walker, and Mike Capaldi with Sanofi US LEED GOLD emblem. Photo courtesy of Sanofi US.  All Rights ReservedOn Tuesday July 12, 2011, I traveled to Southern Arizona to join Dr. Ken Wertman and the team at Sanofi US as they celebrated another milestone. This time it is not for groundbreaking advancements in human and animal health. Instead we were recognizing the team’s achievement of  LEED Gold Certification at their home in Oro Valley, Arizona and congratulating the team that made it happen. Laboratories are very difficult to certify because of demands posed by air handling and other challenges in an environment where scientific experimentation is taking place. Sanofi-aventis U.S. strives to limit the environmental impact of their business and the team is proud of having achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification.

LEED is a building rating system that was developed by the US Green Building Council in 2000 and is a nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operations of high performance “green buildings”. The 110,350 square-foot site was constructed in Oro Valley Innovation Park with the grand opening held on January 13, 2010. Of all the buildings in the U.S. that are LEED certified, only two percent are laboratories. Sanofi  US  operates two of those laboratories, one in Cambridge, MA and the one here in Oro Valley just north of Tucson, Arizona.

Another highlight of the trip was getting to spend some time with Dr. Ken Wertman and learning more about his journey, why Sanofi  US chooses Arizona, and what they do here.

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Guest Post: 3 Steps to Reclaim Our Spot as Global Innovation Leader

Guest Post by Zane Safrit as originally posted at www.MyVenturePad.com and www.ZaneSafrit.com

Zane Safrit

July 04, 2011

President Obama: 3 Steps to Reclaim Our Spot as Global Innovation Leader

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We want to know your name

Biotechnology is changing the way we live, how we think about health, how we combat disease, how we create a more sustainable planet and so much more.  It’s an exciting field in an exciting time and Arizona is a place where bioscience companies, research institutions, and the companies that support them come to  engage, connect, collaborate and grow.

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For Business and Bio there is new opportunity in the cloud

There’s lots of talk of cloud computing these days.  From basic accounting to sales and from marketing/media to HR management companies are leveraging new resources to move forward faster.

But the cloud is not just for administrative applications.  Cloud computing is causing a major shift in how we tackle complex scientific opportunities.  Check out this video from IBM on how researchers from ETH Zurich, IBM and high-performance cloud computing are leading in the bioscience field across the cloud.

 

Highlights from AZBIO’s week in DC

After months of planning and collaboration the Arizona contingent packed our bags and headed out to Washington, D.C. to join the bioscience world at the 2011 BIO International Convention.  Erin and I headed out early Saturday morning to Sky Harbor where we boarded our USAIR flight to DC.  Packed in our bags was our new AZBIO information package hot off the press after long hours of collaboration by the AZBIO Marketing and Communications Committee, especially Renee Narvaez of DPR and Lisa Minzey of Affordable Image who worked overtime to get us ready to go .  (You can see the online version here at Scribd. )

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

During his 5-year tenure leading at the University of Arizona, President Robert Shelton created both an impressive tenure and laid the foundation for a  lasting legacy.  Shelton will depart the UA at the end of next month, having served five years as the institution’s 19th president. He will become executive director of the Fiesta Bowl, beginning August 1, 2011.   Read more here.

Thank you President Shelton for your  commitment to the U of A, to our bioscience  community and to our state. Continue reading

A Personal Touch is a Key Ingredient

As we get ready to head to DC June 27 - 30 for Bio International in DC, Snell and Wilmer hosted a get together for the Arizona Pavilion Team. Check out the great cake made by MariBeth’s husband, Brent Ackzen (Cakes by Brent).  It looked GREAT and tasted event better. :-)

When it comes to moving things forward…faster a personal touch is always a key ingredient.  Last week at AZBio we saw many examples of that as our team, our leadership, our strategic partners and our members all came together to  work on key projects.  Continue reading