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AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0

AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0 with Matt Battaglia

The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business


AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

Common Topics Discussed: Startups, Founders, Funds & Venture Capital, Business, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Blockchain / Crypto, Executive Comp, Investing, Stocks, Real Estate + Alternative Investments, and more… 


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Sep 20, 2023


AZ Bio Week

& Life Sciences Innovation w/ Joan Koerber-Walker

- AZ TRT S04 EP37 (200) 9-17-2023


Things We Learned This Week

  • AZ Bio mission to improve life and bioscience, & make AZ a Top Ten Bioscience state
  • AZ Bio Week 2023 is Sep. 25 – 29 – 5 Days Talks, Events and Awards
  • 3 Ds - Discovery, Development, & Delivery - takes years, and $ billions to bring new drugs to market
  • Their company members deal with diseases, medical devices & cancer research to cure it
  • Combo of Gov't & Private Funding, University research & private company work




Guest: Joan Koerber-Walker
President and CEO, AZBio - Arizona Bioindustry Association, Inc.

Chairman, Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation




As President and CEO of AZBio, Joan Koerber-Walker works on behalf of the Arizona Bioscience and Medical Technology Industry to support the growth of the industry, its members and our community on the local and national level. Ms. Koerber-Walker is also a life science investor and has served on the boards of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations.

In the life science industry, Ms. Koerber-Walker serves as as Arizona’s representative to the State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA), a consortium of state and regional trade associations representing their local medical technology companies which she chaired in 2015 and  represents Arizona as a member of the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI).

Active in the entrepreneurial and investment communities, she also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation which provides entrepreneurial education, mentoring and support to at-risk members of the community, on the Board of Advisors to CellTrust, Inc. which provides secure communication technology to the healthcare industry, and as Chairman of CorePurpose, Inc. which she founded in 2002.

Ms. Koerber-Walker has been recognized as Executive of the Year by the Arizona Society of Association Executives, as a “Most Admired Leader” by the Phoenix Business Journal (2015),  in the pages of AZ Business Leaders (2013 thru 2020), Most Influential Women in Arizona Business (2014) and is a 2 time National Finalist for the Stevie Award which recognizes the work of women in business.

Her past experience includes two years as the CEO of ASBA (the Arizona Small Business Association), service as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Small Business Association in Washington D.C., President of the National Speakers Association/Arizona, Chair of the Board of Advisors to Parenting Arizona, the state’s largest child abuse prevention organization, & much more.



AZBio:  Supporting Arizona’s Life Science Industry for 19 Years (2003 – 2022)

Learn more about Arizona's bioindustry:

| Facebook: AZBIO |Twitter: @AZBio @AZBioCEO

We’re part of a movement to create sustainable funding for life science innovation in Arizona.

Learn more at 


OUR VISION OF THE FUTURE: Arizona is a top-ten life science state.

OUR MISSION: AZBio supports the needs of Arizona’s growing life science ecosystem.

The Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)6 trade association supporting the growth of Arizona’s life science sector.

AZBio  Member Organizations in the fields of business, research and education, health care delivery, economic development, government, and other professions involved in the biosciences are the key drivers of the growth of Arizona’s life science sector.  As the unified voice of our industry in Arizona, AZBio strives to make Arizona a place where bioscience organizations can grow and succeed.


AZBio works nationally and globally with the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and leading patient advocacy organizations.

Through these relationships, AZBio has access to information, contacts, resources, cost saving programs, and the global bioscience and medtech community.

Arizona’s bioscience industry is growing rapidly and reached nearly 30,000 jobs spanning 2,160 business establishments in 2018. Industry employment has grown by 15 percent since 2016—twice the growth rate of the nation—with each of the five major subsectors adding jobs during the period. Arizona’s universities conducted nearly $580 million in R&D activities in bioscience-related fields in 2018, fueled in part by steadily increasing NIH awards to Arizona institutions since 2016. Venture capital investments in Arizona bioscience companies increased in 2019, and during the 2016-19 period totaled $349 million. Arizona inventors have been awarded 2,178 bioscience-related patents since 2016, among the second quintile of states in patent activity.








Seg 1


BRT is now AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0


Talking AZ tech scene from AZ Tech Council to AZ Bio to Venture Café


Resources and tips to find networking and funding info


Thank you to the tech community for the support and great guests






Seg 2 – 4


Joan joins BRT to talk about AZ Bio, and their mission to improve life and bio science -organization deals in medical devices, diseases, cancer research. Companies join AZ bio as members, 275+ in Arizona.


What is the ROI in Arizona - $25 bill invested. ROI has been $38 billion in 2021 in economic impact.


AZ ranks about 30th. To get in the top 10 needs to be about $78 billion of economic impact per year. Looking to double the impact ($60 billion) by 2030.


3 D’s – Discovery. Development, Delivery



AZ Bio Week – 20 Years of Impact - Sep. 25 – 29, 2023


Presented by AZBio and the Arizona Commerce Authority


Here are some of the Events & Talks:


Mon. Sep. 26

Critical Path to Women Leading in Science

Please join C-Path for a 90-minute roundtable discussing the Critical Path Institute’s programs and consortia, highlighted by various women leaders at this public-private partnership. The team will discuss how C-Path contributes to transforming and accelerating the medical product development process, as well as their personal professional development journey. The roundtable will include an interactive Q&A session, where the audience can ask specific questions about C-Path activities and, more generally, scientific career paths. 

Leading Women: Biotech & Beyond

Join us at Perkins Coie for an evening of conversation and connections with our community's leading women as we kick off Arizona Bioscience Week in style!


Tues. Sep. 27

Discovering and Developing New Medicines in Arizona

The 4th Annual Drug Discoveries and Development Summit will highlight key areas of research in discovering effective drug candidates in diseases such as cancer, COVID 19, aging, nanotechnology, and other prevalent diseases in Arizona while establishing collaborations that enable success in these key areas.


Presented by the University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy Arizona Center for Drug Discovery and the University of Arizona Cancer Center.



Wed. Sep. 27

AZAdvances Life Science Innovation Fast Pitch

Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center for Fast Pitch presentations featuring Arizona life science innovators then join us for the  the AZBio Awards. (AZBio Awards or White Hat registration required.)

The 18th Annual AZBio Awards & Life Science Fiesta

Celebrate with the Educators, Researchers, and Organizations that are making life better for people in Arizona and around the world.  Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center as we honor the 2022 AZBio Award Winners and come together to be inspired and reconnect.


Thu. Sep. 28

White Hat Life Science Investor Conference

Join us at the Phoenix Convention Center for White Hat 2022.  Accredited investors and investment funds will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with some of the most exciting Life Science Companies from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region. 

Since its launch in 2014, Companies presenting at White Hat Have gone on to raise $1.6 billion in investments.

Note:  White Hat Registration Includes the AZBio Awards and Life Science Fiesta on Wednesday evening.


Fri. Sep. 29

Voice of the Patient

Patients are the reason we do what we do. 

Join the conversation on life science innovation from the patient perspective. 

This event will be held at the new Creighton University Health Sciences Campus in Phoenix.


Career Panel: Q&A in Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biotechnology, and Medical Fields

Synthetic Biotechnology, Nanotechnology? Doesn't that only exist in Sci-Fi or superhero movies? The short answer is NO! Curious about the journey of what it takes to become a registered nurse or physical therapist in-home care? Your students will surely be at the edge of their seats listening to this panel of professionals. Please join us as Dr. Mario Blanco, President, and CEO of Nanopec, Dr. Rebecca Cook, Research Scientist for INanoBio, Bridget Gessel, Registered Nurse and Case Manager at the Mayo Clinic and Asya Rudikoff, Physical Therapist and Director of Strategy and Innovation for Team Select Home Care, share about their respective fields and career journey.


Ponte Cura: The Bridge to Cures

Ponte Cura is an inspirational celebration under the stars supporting the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation AZAdvances initiative mission to advance health innovation in Arizona.  The Ponte Cura experience includes a cocktail reception, open air concert, and after party. 

This event is by-invitation only and in appreciation of the donors and volunteers supporting the AZAdvances Initiative





Best of Biotech from AZ Bio & Life Sciences to Jellatech: HERE


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The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business

AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

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