Arizona Bioscience News: Arizona labs developing COVID-19 tests; Roche, Emagine Solutions Technology receive FDA approvals; SARSEF science fair sets record

March 12, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

A Mayo Clinic medical laboratory scientist prepares a sample for COVID-19 testing. 
(Photo: Courtesy Mayo Clinic)

How private hospitals and labs in Arizona will help test more people for the coronavirus / Arizona Republic

Arizona hospitals and laboratories are racing to create more testing options for the new coronavirus beyond the state public health laboratory with Mayo Clinic, Sonora Quest Laboratories, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff hoping to roll out their own tests soon.

Coronavirus in Arizona: Genetic mapping now searching for sources of infections in the state / Arizona Republic

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff are analyzing samples from Arizona’s second known case of the new coronavirus to help trace the source of the infection. Read more: NAU and local partners respond to coronavirus

Roche wins FDA approval of new test for cervical cancer risk / Arizona Daily Star

Roche Tissue Diagnostics has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for a test for women with the human papillomavirus infection who are at risk of cervical cancer.

Former Henkel Scottsdale headquarters transformed into office space / Phoenix Business Journal

The Ilume Innovation Center, formerly known as the Henkel Corporate Center in north Scottsdale, is looking for tenants including health or biotech companies who could take advantage of the four-story building’s lab space.

Tucson-based science fair adjusts for coronavirus / KJZZ

The Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation received a record-breaking 2,225 science project submissions this year, but the science fair will have limited in-person events for students.
Read more: Virus worries lead Tucson science fair to limit face-to-face participation

The faces of Flagstaff STEM gather at annual celebration / Arizona Daily Sun

For the seventh year in a row, more than 2,000 community members gathered for the Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration to see the prevalence of science, technology, engineering and math within local organizations and fellow community members.

Arizona is in the corn business with opening of Bayer’s high-tech greenhouse near Tucson / Arizona Republic

German conglomerate Bayer has unveiled a new greenhouse complex on seven acres north of Tucson that will serve as a development and production site focused solely on corn seeds.

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