Arizona Bioscience News: ASU develops cheap rapid test; UACI names assistant director; Phoenix a top place to launch startup

February 10, 2022

By brianpowell

Researchers make cheap, portable nanosensor for disease detection / KJZZ

Researchers at Arizona State University and University of Washington have developed a cheap, portable, rapid test for viruses like Ebola and SARS-CoV-2 with electronic data that can go directly to epidemiologists and avoid costly delays.

Phoenix ranks high in report on best places to launch a startup / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

With its robust employment growth rate, lower labor costs and other advantages, the Phoenix metro area was ranked as one of the top cities in the nation to launch a startup. Read more: Scottsdale named No. 1 fastest-growing startup city in the country

Trinity Capital aims to be Arizona’s one-stop-shop for specialty startup finance / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Trinity Capital Inc., which provides loans and financing to high-growth technology startups from its downtown Phoenix office, is working to establish itself more in the minds of Arizona entrepreneurs.

University of Arizona’s startup incubator names new assistant director / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation, which started in 2003 and serves more than 50 startups working in therapeutics, medical devices and other industries, has promoted Casey Carrillo to be its new assistant director.

Arizona and other states are shifting approach to COVID-19 contact tracing / KJZZ

Arizona has changed its approach to COVID-19 contact tracing with the state now most focused on COVID-19-positive Arizonans over the age of 80 or school-aged kids, yet response rates from the public have declined throughout the pandemic.

While other Arizona COVID metrics improve, rate of deaths remains stubborn / KTAR

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona is second only to Mississippi in COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents since the agency started keeping pandemic records in January 2020.

Tiny fallopian camera could detect ovarian cancer earlier / KJZZ

Jennifer Barton, director of University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute, created a tiny new endoscope 0.8 millimeters in diameter to look into the fallopian tubes to catch ovarian cancer before it spreads.

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