PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#Arizona--Six Arizona bioscience startup firms have been competitively selected by
the Flinn Foundation to participate in its 2018 Bioscience
Entrepreneurship Program, receiving $30,000 each in funding support and
program services administered through a nonprofit partner.
The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation has allocated $825,000 in grants
since 2014 to nonprofits to administer funding and services to 28
bioscience startups. The foundation’s program was established to foster
entrepreneurship and help early-stage bioscience companies develop into
successful and sustainable businesses in Arizona.
“The six companies chosen this year are further evidence of the amazing
innovation that is occurring in the biosciences here in Arizona,” said
Tammy McLeod, Flinn Foundation President and CEO. “The leaders of these
companies demonstrate both the talent and entrepreneurial spirit to
bring new technologies to market that will improve and save lives.”
The firms were selected from 30 applicants, a record for the program.
The 2018 winning companies, based in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and
Avery Therapeutics (http://www.averytherapeutics.com/)
Therapeutics is a Tucson-based startup company dedicated to
advancing tissue-engineered therapeutics to treat diseases and injuries
to human muscle. Avery’s lead product, MyCardia, a tissue-engineered
heart graft developed to treat heart failure, is in the pre-clinical
development phase. MyCardia is positioned to be the world’s first
off-the-shelf product for treating heart failure.
Gemneo Bioscience (http://gemneo.com/)
Gemneo Bioscience has created a new immune-cell profiling technology
that identifies each patient’s unique tumor signature and also
identifies rogue cells that current technologies have not been able to
detect. The technology will give physicians a more precise tool for
effectively treating cancer and a host of other diseases.
GT Medical Technologies (https://www.gtmedtech.com/)
Medical Technologies, a Mesa-based medical device company, has developed
an innovative approach to the treatment of brain tumors by combining a
conformable collagen matrix with brachytherapy (radiation) seeds. The
company's first product, GammaTile, is protected by 10 issued U.S.
patents and is available for investigative uses.
TheraSpecs manufactures and sells precision-tinted eyewear that helps
people with more than 50 conditions, including migraines, multiple
sclerosis, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorders and traumatic brain
injuries. The lenses directly address light-triggering symptoms from
fluorescent lighting, computer and device screens, or sunlight for those
with conditions triggered or worsened by light.
TouchPoint Solution (https://thetouchpointsolution.com/)
Scottsdale-based company’s flagship product, TouchPoints, is a
neuroscience wearable that alleviates stress in as little as 30 seconds.
A successful PTSD therapy component isolated into the patent-pending
BLAST technology can reduce general stress, improve sleep and focus,
enhance performance, reduce cravings, and help users manage anger by
safely and non-invasively interfering with nervous system reactivity.
Vapometry Biolabs (http://www.vapometry.com/)
Biolabs of Phoenix analyzes the gases released by biological specimens
to create accurate, cost-effective diagnostics for hospitals and
consumers. The company's flagship product is a diagnostic for sepsis,
which affects over 1 million Americans every year, that diagnoses the
disease within four hours—a four-to-tenfold improvement over the current
standard of care.
In addition to funding and services, company leaders will participate
for one year as members of Arizona’s
Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, a group of the state’s
science, health care, business, academia and policy leaders that guides
Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap.
To qualify for the Flinn program, the selected firms must be engaged in
the commercialization of bioscience research and biotechnology, and/or
the sale of products in the areas of medical devices and equipment;
drugs, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics; agricultural feedstock and
chemicals; research, testing and medical labs; or bioscience-related
distribution—the industry categories recognized together as the
biosciences in Arizona’s
The application for the 2019 Flinn Foundation Bioscience
Entrepreneurship Program will be available later this year. To learn
more about the program and past winners, visit www.flinn.org/entrepreneur.
The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking
organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to
improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. In
addition to advancing the biosciences, the foundation supports the Flinn
Scholars Program, a merit-based college scholarship program; arts and
culture; and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.