Arizona Bioscience News: ASU researchers at Biodesign Institute work on coronavirus vaccine; Phoenix Startup Week coming up; HonorHealth using germ-zapping robots

February 13, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

How 3 Arizona State researchers are working to find the first coronavirus vaccine / Arizona Republic

Just three days after a case of the new coronavirus was confirmed at Arizona State University, three Biodesign Institute researchers met and decided to each make a vaccine targeting the new coronavirus and see what works best.

TGen researchers in Flagstaff developing an additional test for novel coronavirus / Cronkite News

Scientists in Flagstaff at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen North, are working to develop a test that doctors and hospitals could use to diagnose coronavirus, which could help medical professionals respond to the global outbreak more quickly. Read more: Arizona-based TGen developing new test for coronavirus

Arizona Department of Health Services monitoring coronavirus / KJZZ

Jessica Rigler, an assistant director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the public health agency that’s monitoring the coronavirus in Arizona, talks about the situation.

Germ-zapping robots at Scottsdale hospital kills coronavirus nearly 100% of the time /

HonorHealth has 32 germ-zapping robots that can clean patient rooms and the ICU with UV light to help get rid of residual viruses, bacteria and spores.

Phoenix Startup Week 2020: 6 days, 100 speakers for 2,000 entrepreneurs / Phoenix Business Journal

This year’s sixth annual Phoenix Startup Week promises six days of informative workshops, speaker sessions, happy hours and networking opportunities for more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and business leaders.

ASU lab is taking steps toward finding cause of Alzheimer’s disease / State Press

An Arizona State University professor and his students are contributing toward the goal of finding the cause of Alzheimer’s disease by improving single-DNA base editing.

Dallas company plans third ‘micro’ hospital in metro Phoenix / Phoenix Business Journal

Tenet Healthcare Corp., which operates the Abrazo Health system in Arizona, plans to open the Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital in 2021—its third “micro” hospital in the Phoenix area.

Scholarships will help put primary care doctors where Arizona needs them most / Arizona Republic (Op-ed)

Dr. Michael Dake, senior vice president of University of Arizona Health Sciences, writes about the program that covers tuition costs for medical students who commit to practicing a primary care specialty in one of the state’s underserved areas.

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