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The United States spends more money on health care than any other country in the world. Yet, the U.S ranks low among many major health indicators from the past 35 years, said Dr. Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and a dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.

“If we spend all our money on living forever, we aren’t spending money to live well,” he said.

Three Arizona-based hospitals have come together to create the Arizona Biospecimen Consortium (ABC), a collaboration to centralize and coordinate the individual efforts of the human biospecimen biobanks.

In Arizona, which ranks 43rd in the U.S. for health care access, a new statewide collaboration that brings scientists, clinicians and community partners together to tackle the state’s complex health issues held its annual meeting one year after its launch. Nearly 300 participants from the state’s three universities, health care providers, researchers and bioscience business leaders attended the event at the Desert Willow Conference Center on Sept. 6.