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Arizona Bioscience is Blooming 2012


Based on the Flinn Bioscience Road Map Data and Battelle research. This presentation highlights the progress and advantages created by Arizona's Bioscience Industry. (Data range from 2002-2011)

Based on the Flinn Bioscience Road Map Data and Battelle research. This presentation highlights the progress and advantages created by Arizona's Bioscience Industry. (Data range from 2002-2011)

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  • In the next few minutes, I’d like to give you a brief overview of Arizona’s bioscience sector. I serve on the steering committee that oversees Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap—the state’s strategic plan to build a thriving bioscience base. You may know bits and pieces of Arizona’s bioscience story. This will help to bring it all together.
  • In just a few sound bites, here is Arizona’s “bioscience résumé.” Not bad for a relatively new and emerging industry. Our formal statewide efforts began in just 2002. Since then, Arizona has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s fastest-growing states in a fast-growing industry.
  • What are the biosciences? It’s much broader than most think. Beyond the research lab and pharmaceuticals, it involves… designing and manufacturing medical devices clinical studies at hospitals strengthening our food supply developing clean fuels and more
  • Why pursue the biosciences? Two reasons… Economy: These are high paying jobs—and not just for PhDs. Many jobs are needed for lab technicians and technical support, not to mention computer specialists, marketers, architects, attorneys, and others that support bioscience companies. Plus, the biosciences help to diversify our economy by adding stability during economic downturns. Arizona biosciences actually gained jobs during the Great Recession. Health: The biosciences make our lives better. Arizonans have access to the latest healthcare innovations right here in our backyard.
  • The biosciences tend to make headlines in the business section, but let’s not forget what it’s really all about. Just look at these numbers. Everyone in this room has been touched by chronic disease in some way.
  • Why here in Arizona? We have the talent and the specialized facilities to compete globally in this industry. We have research strengths in numerous fields, led by neurosciences, cancer research, bioengineering, and the emerging field of personalized medicine. We have the “collaborative gene.” Arizona has a reputation institutions working together across the public and private sectors. This is essential in the biosciences. And we are one of the few states that have a plan—Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap.
  • The Roadmap was launched in 2002. It’s a 10-year plan to bring Arizona bioscience prominence. Hundreds of experts across science, business, policy, and other areas have served on committees to put Roadmap plans into action. The effort is led by the Roadmap Steering Committee—a group of 95 high-level bioscience champions statewide. The Roadmap’s strategy: Don’t try to “do it all” in bio. Focus resources and efforts on areas where we excel, and work together. That’s just what we’ve done.
  • Here are the numbers to prove it. Since, 2002, we’ve added more than 20,000 jobs. Nearly 180 firms. We’re bringing in about $90 million more every year in grants from the National Institutes of Health. And we’ve accomplished this in the absence of a vital ingredient—venture capital, which has been a victim of recessionary times nationally and especially here in Arizona.
  • Arizona is one of the fastest growing states in the biosciences across many measures. Here you can see three—jobs, firms, and NIH grants.
  • As mentioned earlier, the growth continued during the recession. While Arizona’s private sector lost 11% of its jobs, Arizona biosciences gained 7%.
  • The jobs are high paying—36% higher than the average private-sector job.
  • While Arizona is relatively new to the biosciences, it’s having a profound impact on our economy. In total, it’s a $21 billion industry in our state.
  • Look at how the biosciences have matured in Arizona during this short time. None of these research institutes existed back in 2002.
  • Millions of square feet of research space have been built from Flagstaff to Tucson.
  • We’ve added numerous incubators and accelerators to help young bioscience companies grow and prosper.
  • Many major bioscience companies have moved into Arizona or expanded their operations here.
  • We’ve added numerous internship programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education programs. This is critical to building the pipeline to fuel Arizona’s future bioscience workforce.
  • What’s next? Keep the momentum going. To do this, we need to sustain our biosciences investments by: boosting private venture capital investment sustaining public investments from the state and municipalities restoring federal NIH research budgets We need to further develop the bioscience workforce of tomorrow. We need to ramp up our efforts to teach our children them about the knowledge-economy industries of the future.
  • This presentation merely scratches the surface. Much more information is available online at these sites and others. Thank you.


  • 1. The Biosciences Advancing Arizona’s economy and health in the 21 st century Joan Koerber-Walker President and CEO AZBio, The Arizona Bioindustry Association
  • 2. Arizona Biosciences Over 96,000 jobs
  • 3. Arizona Biosciences $55,353 average wage
  • 4. Arizona Biosciences Jobs growing 3x faster than nation
  • 5. Arizona Biosciences Continued job growth during recession
  • 6. Arizona Biosciences All-time highs reached in NIH grants, R&D expenditures
  • 7. Arizona Biosciences $28.8 billion generated in annual revenues
  • 8. Arizona Biosciences Latest healthcare innovations available to Arizonans
  • 9. What are the Biosciences? Agriculture feedstock & chemicals Drugs & pharmaceuticals Medical devices & equipment Hospitals Research, testing & medical labs Source: Battelle
  • 10. Why Biosciences? High-paying jobs Fast-growing sustainable industry Jobs across skill levels Economic diversification Improved health, quality of life
  • 11. Why Biosciences? 1 in 2.5 will develop cancer 1 in 2.5 will develop heart disease 1 in 3 will develop diabetes 1 in 8 will develop Alzheimer's 1 in 110 children is affected by autism Source: Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control
  • 12. Why Arizona? World-class talent, facilities Internationally recognized research strengths “ Collaborative gene” Long-term strategic plan
  • 13. Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap 10-year plan launched in Dec. 2002 Commissioned by Flinn Foundation Research by Battelle Guided by statewide committees of experts in science, business, policy Strategy: focus on strengths, leverage collaboration
  • 14. Moving the Needle Arizona’s bioscience performance, 2002-present Jobs Firms NIH Grants VC Source: Battelle, 2012 2002 68,924 2010 96,223 2010 867 2002 $135M 2011 $184M 2011 $69M 2002 $110M
  • 15. Fast Growth Arizona’s bioscience performance, 2002-present Jobs Firms NIH Grants Source: Battelle, 2012 +20% U.S. Arizona +27% U.S. +17% Arizona +41% Arizona +25% Top-10 States +20%
  • 16. Recession-Tested Job growth during Great Recession (2008-09) Arizona Biosciences Arizona Private Sector Source: Battelle, 2012 -11% +7%
  • 17. High-Paying Jobs Average Wages, Arizona, 2011 $42,090 $55,353 Total Biosciences Total Private Sector Source: Battelle, 2012 29% Higher
  • 18. Economic Impact Arizona biosciences generate…. $28.8 billion in annual revenues $1.1 billion in annual state/local taxes Source: Battelle, 2012
  • 19. New Since ’02 New research institutes & entities (sampling) TGen Critical Path Institute Biodesign Institute at ASU International Genomics Consortium Partnership for Personalized Medicine/ASU Center for Sustainable Health UA BIO5 Institute UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Science Foundation Arizona SABRE TGen North Institute for Advanced Health Health Transformation Institute Arizona Biomedical Collaborative Arizona Cancer Center Skin Cancer and Cancer Health Disparities Institutes
  • 20. New Since ‘02 New Facilities (sampling) UA BIO5 Oro Valley UA BIO5 Institute Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Biodesign Institute at ASU Flagstaff Innovation Center Arizona Bioscience Park ASU ISTB 1-4 NAU Applied R&D Building Phoenix Biomedical Campus St. Joseph’s Neuroscience Tower Phoenix Children’s Hospital expansion Glendale Community College life sciences building Paradise Valley Community College life science building Mayo Collaborative Research Building UMC Cancer Center Diamond Children’s Medical Center
  • 21. New Since ‘02 New Incubators/Accelerators (sampling) Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology ASU Impact Accelerator Arizona Center for Innovation Surprise TechCelerator Chandler Innovations BioAccel Gateway Community College
  • 22. New Since ‘02 New or Expanded Major Companies (sampling) Banner M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Cancer Treatment Centers of America Caris Celgene Covance InNexus Roche/Ventana Medical Systems Sanofi-aventis VisionGate W.L. Gore Monsanto
  • 23. New Since ‘02 New Schools and Education Programs (sampling) NAUTeach TGen Helios Scholars Program STEM Education Center Vail Academy and High School at UA Science & Tech Park Statewide: High school-based bioscience academies Phoenix Union Bioscience High School Copper Ridge Math and Science Academy Paradise Valley STEM High School ASU Biodesign Internships UA BIO5 Internships Wildcat School Arizona Science Center Pathways Program Bisgrove Scholars Program Helios BI05 Jr. BIOTECH Project Helios BI05 Jr. BIOTECH Project Helios BI05 Jr. BIOTECH Project
  • 24. Next Steps
    • Sustain investments: private, state/local, federal
    • Build workforce /Expand STEM education
    • Commercialize Research
    • Expand Manufacturing Base
  • 25. Resources: AZBio: @AZBIO @AZBioCEO Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap: Arizona Bioscience 101: Arizona Bioscience News: