Author Archives: Joan Koerber-Walker


Clinical trials change Arizona’s bioscience, business sectors

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Last November, Arizona voters resoundingly passed Prop. 303 making it legal in Arizona for companies and physicians to provide terminally ill patients the “right to try” investigational drugs or therapies outside an FDA approved clinical trial.    While it sounded good in the short description provided to voters, in reality, it is unlikely to provide… Read More →

What would you do with a billion dollars?

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Last week, Representative Bob Robson , Speaker pro tempore of the Arizona House of Representatives introduced House Bill 2033 which would create a funding vehicle to enable our universities to maintain and expand our research infrastructure at that level. At a time when the state is projecting a $500 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2014-15… Read More →

Want to Honor Veterans? Help Them Start Careers

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It’s Veteran’s Day. It’s a day for parades, for speeches, and for thanking those who put their lives on the line to protect us and our way of life. It’s also a day with a history of contradictions. What we celebrate as Veteran’s Day began in 1919 as Armistice Day. It marked the cease fire… Read More →

Bio industry focus: Discovery, development, delivery

Focusing on discovery, development and delivery will
drive Arizona’s bioscience industry and quality of life
By JOAN KOERBER-WALKER

Imagine a total artificial heart that keeps you alive when your heart can’t, or diagnostic tools that help doctors identify disease early so that they can treat it early and get better results. Envision pacemakers about the size of your pinky nail or therapies that alleviate pain or combat the deadliest of diseases. Can we… Read More →

Ulthera files for $86 million IPO

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Ulthera, which sells ultrasound energy systems for the non-invasive lifting of eyebrows and skin around the neck, filed on Monday with the SEC to raise up to $86 million in an initial public offering. The Mesa-based company, which was founded in 2004 and booked $82 million in sales for the fiscal year ended December 31,… Read More →