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Securaplane expands into Oro Valley, Arizona in 2013

January, 2013

Securaplane Technologies, a leading supplier of avionics products for business, commercial and military aircraft, will move into a newly-constructed facility in   Oro Valley’s Innovation Park in December, 2013.  Securaplane’s continued strong market growth has made it necessary to increase the size of its operations to support production programs for business jet, air transport, rotorcraft and military customers

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Best Place to Raise Kids in Arizona: Oro Valley

December, 2012

The Arizona burg isn't just for snowbirds escaping the cold North-its become a major base for Biotech firms fueled by research at nearby Tucson's University of Arizona and the towns own Innovation Park.

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Avionics firm plans expansion

December, 2012

Locally based Securaplane Technologies, which was acquired last year by Meggitt PLC, plans to expand to a proposed 55,000-square-foot facility in Oro Valley.

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Oro Valley looks to streamline process to attract biotechs

July, 2012

With an eye toward expanding its cluster of medical-research firms, Oro Valley officials have begun discussions about ways to streamline the development process to attract more biotech companies.

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Drugmaker sifts small meolecules to find potential new medicines

July, 2012

The Tucson area's biotech industry has yet to produce a new, billion dollar blockbuster drug.   But the way things are going at the French drug giant Sanofi's research center in Oro Valley, it may only be a matter of time...

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Drug maker Sanofi offers glimpse into world of pharma research

July, 2012

A top pharmaceutical company with a research facility in Oro Valley opened its doors to visitors this week for a peek into the inner workings of the drug research process...

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Tucson Tech: Changing the way Disease is treated

April, 2012

C-Path looks to speed gene based therapies:    Your doctor may soon, perhaps in a year, be able to order up a test to map our your entire genome, or genetic blueprint, and get it in about eight hours for about $100.

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Bioscience bright spot for jobs in Arizona

February, 2012

Arizona's biosciences sector is expanding despite the still-struggling econcomy -- boosted in Southern Arizona by expansion at companies like Oro Valley based Ventana Medical Systems/Roche.

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World Class Research In Tucson: A Science City

December, 2011

University of Arizona College of Science - Arizona Daily Star special section of articles

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Experts Plot Bioscience Goals

November, 2011

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council on Thursday will host a meeting of Arizona and out-of-state bioscience leaders to discuss ways that Arizona can create and attract companies involved in personalized medicine.

 

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Tucson - What Makes a Place Great?

October, 2011

Video on what makes Tucson a great place!

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Bio5 Closes in on new drugs for Patients

October, 2011

Less than a year after the University of Arizona's Bio5 Institute opened a drug-research branch in Oro Valley, researchers there say they're exceeding their goals.

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Early test for cervical cancer acquired by Tucson-area firm

July, 2011

Oro Valley-based Ventana Medical Systems, part of the Roche Group, has signed an agreement to acquire Mtm Laboratories AG, a privately held German company that markets an early-detection test for cervical cancer.

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Critical mass in bio-tech will drive ‘big pharma’ search for commercial real estate

May, 2011

When Bob Davis talks about opportunities in commercial real estate, he's quick with a quip that gets his point across. His straight talk mixes hard facts with wry opinion, especially when it comes to his passionate expertise in bio-medical, high-tech ventures and "big pharma."

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Biosciences: Can You See Your Business Here?

April, 2011

In Tucson, Ariz., economic development officials, industry, research organizations, and the higher education system have also been acting with a unified approach to build out the bioscience cluster. For one project, officials worked confidentially for 11 months to see an expansion announcement in October 2010 by homegrown company, Ventana Medical Systems Inc., a tissue diagnostics division of Roche Pharmaceuticals

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UA A Driving Force For Jobs In Science

April, 2011

Three ways the University of Arizona increases science jobs:

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2010 Was a Year of Progress and Success for Southern Arizona Bioscience Firms

February, 2011

Bioscience continues to pull its weight in Southern Arizona. Evidence of this success is the more than $3.5 million that came to 13 firms in the way of grants and tax credits through a new program as part of last year's federal healthcare reform law.

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Rosy Future Seen for Tucson BioTech

February, 2011

Tucson's biosciences sector is expected to grow as companies like Ventana Medical Systems/Roche add jobs and boost the industry overall, says the latest industry update by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice.

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C-Path, Consortium Open Training Facility

February, 2011

After recently forming a partnership to set new clinical data standards for new medical therapies, the Tucson-based Critical Path Institute (C-Path) and the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium have opened a collaborative training facility at C-Path's offices at 1730 E. River Road in Cambric Corporate Center.

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AZ Bioscience Industry Added Jobs

February, 2011

Arizona's biosciences industry added jobs during the recessionary years of 2008-2009, growing by 7 percent while Arizona's private sector overall lost 11 percent of its jobs, says a report released Wednesday by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation.

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Ventana Medical Systems Expansion May Boost Medical Expansion in Tucson

January, 2011

The dramatic expansion of research innovator Ventana Medical Systems in Oro Valley may be the medical technology boost that local leaders have been hoping for to catapult the Tucson region into the international arena as a biosciences powerhouse

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37 Arizona Firms Awarded $9 Million In Drug Discovery Grants and Credits

November, 2010

Thirty-seven Arizona bioscience companies have won more than $9 million in federal tax credits and grants under the Therapeutic Discovery Project.  Tucson-area companies awarded credit and grants include Research Corporation Technologies, SynCardia Systems, AmpliMed, BioVidria, High Throughput Genomics, MSDx, Salutaris Medical Devices, thayer Medical and Valley Fever Solutions.

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Governor Brewer Awards $2.2 Million Towards Creation of New BioMedical Research Resource in Arizona

October, 2010

Governor Jan Brewer today announced that she would dedicate $2.2 million of Arizona's share of federal stimulus funding toward a new program expected to establish the state as a national resource for setting standards and best practices for new diagnostic medical tests and clinical research.   This effort will be led by Tucson-based Critical Path Institute (C-Path).

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New UA Corporation to Advance Commercialization of Research Discoveries

October, 2010

THe UA is creating a non-porfit corporation that will help move innovations created at the University into the marketplace as well as develop new companies, create jobs and keep them in Arizona.   Meridith Hay, UA executive vice president and provost, made the announcement Thursday at the IdeaFunding conferance in Tucson.

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Drug Giant Roche to Add 500 Jobs Here

October, 2010

Oro Valley and, in particular, Innovation Park, is quickly becoming a regional hub for cutting-edge bioscience research... Roche, an international heavyweight in the bioscience and pharmaceutical industry is bringing up to 500 new high-tech jobs to Oro Valley with an average salary of $75,000.

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Optics-Laser Firm Oclaro Opening New OV Facility

September, 2010

Company opens new 14,000-square-foot laser device-design center in Oro Valley and announces a new local scholarship program...

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World Class Lab Facility Lands in UA Portfolio

September, 2010

“We want to use this as a model to help leap forward in the biomedical area as other cities have done,” said Leslie Tolbert, UA vice president of research, graduate studies and economic development...

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Oro Valley-based Ventana Medical Systems Inc. named Bioscience Company of the Year

September, 2010

And a notable year it has been: Since it was acquired in February 2008 by the powerhouse biotech firm Roche Holding AG, Ventana has initiated a rapid expansion, aiming to increase its southern-Arizona workforce from 750 to more than 1,000 by the end of 2009.

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Oro Valley may become known as biotech valley

August, 2010

The town of Oro Valley has found a winning formula for bringing high-tech, high-pay jobs home: be responsive to businesses and they will come. Innovation Park is the technological hotbed of Oro Valley. In the last decade, it has grown from...

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Tucson region ranked No. 1 in the Alternative Energy Industry Leader

August, 2010

The Tucson region was ranked No. 1 in the Alternative Energy Industry Leader category by Business Facilities magazine. The category ranks the top 10 metros in overall leadership in alternative energy manufacturing, growth strategy, and development of renewable energy.

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Tucson poised for a strong rebound

August, 2010

The long descent to the bottom of industrial real estate hasn't been fun. Historically, Tucson follows behind national trends by two to three quarters.

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Signs of life in AZ economy

August, 2010

Despite the economic outlook, many companies are still moving to and expanding in southern Arizona. Sanofi-aventis recently completed an expansion in Oro Valley where workers research prospect compounds for pharmaceutical drugs.

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Southern Arizona biosciences continue to grow in tough economy

July, 2010

Despite difficult financial conditions, one area of Arizona's economy continues to expand and add jobs - the biosciences. Contributing more than $12.5 billion in annual revenues to the economy and consisting of over 89,000 jobs, the Arizona biosciences have come of age.

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Science Foundation Arizona generating wealth

July, 2010

In its first three years of operation, Science Foundation Arizona used $50 million in research grants to attract $152.8 million from industry and government sources, according to a report compiled by an independent evaluator.

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New University of Arizona Facility in Oro Valley, Arizona

June, 2010

The 27,000 square foot research and development facility in Oro Valley includes large chemistry and biology reserach, labs, offices, conference rooms and more. The University of Arizona buys the facility for $3M.

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Tucson's BASIS Charter School in the Top 10 of America's Best High Schools

June, 2010

Newsweek ranks Tucson's BASIS Charter School in the Top 10 of America's Best High Schools. Consistently ranked as one of the best schools in the nation, including number one in 2008, BASIS ranks number six in 2010. This was the highest ranking for any Arizona school.

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Forbes ranks Tucson as one of America's Most Innovative Cities

May, 2010

Forbes used data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to determine number of patents per capita, then combined it with venture capital investment per capita from the National Venture Capital Association. The data was combined with cities' ratios of high-tech, science and "creative" jobs to determine final rankings.

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Tucson featured as "The Solar City"

April, 2010

Business Facilities - a leading publication for site selectors who aid in business relocation and expansion nationwide - shows how Tucson is establishing itself as a location of choice for the solar industry.

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