The governor was noncommittal, however, on the prospect of increasing state support of the
Brewer attended a meeting of a biosciences executive group hosted by
Founded by a UA pathologist in the mid-1980s to commercialize an automated tissue-staining technology, Ventana was acquired by Swiss drug giant
Brewer later toured the
"It's absolutely so impressive to know we have these scientists and people who are concerned with solving these terrible issues that affect each and every one of us -- all the way from unknown diseases to the one we all know, cancer," Brewer said.
The governor acknowledged that the universities play an important role in training scientists. But Brewer said she's sticking to a proposed state budget that would keep university budgets essentially flat.
"We absolutely know that high-skilled employees are very, very important to fill these positions that these manufacturers and scientists all need," Brewer said. "We will continue to work with the universities -- of course, I've always been a big supporter of the tech centers and the research centers at our facilities."
"The bottom line is, our budget is pretty prudent," she said. "We had a plan, and
"I think probably the most important message that I was able to deliver was that growing biotechnology is about supporting local research," Wertman said. "You can't really attract biotech companies -- they're always born where they're conceived."
Wertman said the most effective way to boost bioscience development is to support the university research and efforts to commercialize it, adding that the UA's new Tech Launch Arizona commercialization initiative is a big step in the right direction.
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