City of Scottsdale hosts Elizabeth Holmes at Cure Corridor event


The Scottsdale Economic Development Department is hosting the second annual Cure Corridor Event at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

This event features a significant lineup of Cure Corridor partners sharing insights into the future of the Cure Corridor and bio-life sciences Industry.

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Holmes — founder and CEO of Theranos, which recently located at Scottsdale’s SkySong, will headline the event. Ms. Holmes was recently featured on the cover of Forbes and debuted on Forbes 400 as the youngest self-made woman billionaire.

The first annual Cure Corridor event was launched in September 2013 and entertained hundreds of attendees with strong presenter content. Scottsdale’s goal is to raise awareness about the innovation activity taking place in the community while supporting business growth and collaboration among industry partners.

This year’s event brings together a multitude Scottsdale industry partners in bio-life science to share recent happenings in their core areas of research in a rapid fire presentation format. The current line-up of noted rapid fire speakers include:

  • Martin Shultz – Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee
  • Dr. Michael Gordon – Medical Director of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials program at Scottsdale Healthcare
  • J.D. Weir – Primus Pharmaceuticals
  • David Bennett – Orion Health
  • Dr. Robert Greenes – ASU and Mayo Clinic
  • Walter Cooper – Matrix Medical Network

“Our healthcare and life science community in Scottsdale is a vital economic sector and is as a key driver for job growth in our community,” said Mayor Jim Lane in a prepared statement.

“More importantly, leading life science innovators call Scottsdale “home.” This means that the people of our community have access to the best possible healthcare services, cutting edge research, and other opportunities that will benefit the people of Scottsdale today and for generations to come.”

The Cure Corridor is not only a location but a concept designed to promote the innovative activities occurring around the concentration of the Bio-Life Sciences sector throughout Scottsdale.

This sector is a major driver of the innovation economy in the state of Arizona, greater Phoenix region and City of Scottsdale.

According to the Flinn Foundation, the biosciences in Arizona “develop treatments for health afflictions, design diagnostics to gauge and prevent illness, strengthen our food supply, develop alternative fuel sources, and much more.”

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