|Last week’s Mayor’s press conference was held at the Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona, to highlight this key resource in Tucson’s becoming a “Science City.”Bio5 has a major impact on Tucson’s economy. Its researchers have started 16 companies and, since 2002, they’ve brought approximately $325 million in federal and industrial funding to the University of Arizona. That figure includes more than $57 million in fiscal year 2011.Bringing together researchers from a variety of disciplines – including science, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and engineering – Bio5 is an international model of how to conduct collaborative research.
Today at Bio5, researchers are working on ways to diagnose cancers of the skin, colon and ovaries earlier and with less invasive methods, using tiny fiber optic catheters – just one example of what can come out of scientific collaboration between disciplines as varied as oncology and optics.
Bio5 also brings researchers together with middle and high school students. Its KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth in Science) summer internship program provides 100 Arizona high school students with an opportunity to conduct research alongside University of Arizona faculty members.
Thanks to Bio5 Director Fernando Martinez, M.D., Bio5 Director of Business Development Nina Ossanna, Ph.D., and Bio5 Board Chair Kathleen Perkins for hosting the press conference and for the work they do to strengthen our city.