Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Align Technology moves HQ to Tempe; Apricus Health secures $20M

January 21, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona remains a national hot spot for COVID-19 and experts are weighing in on whether the state’s latest surge has peaked. Fashion incubator FABRIC’s pivot at the start of the pandemic has led to the production of 500,000 FDA-approved, reusable, level 2 and 3 isolation gowns for medical professionals. And Translational Genomics Research Institute researchers are studying how common cold antibodies could lead to treatments for COVID-19 or a future coronavirus outbreak.

Phoenix researchers examine how common cold antibodies fight COVID / KTAR

Tempe fashion incubator reaches PPE manufacturing milestone / AZ Big Media

Scientists find ‘home-grown’ variants of the coronavirus, say states need to monitor more / Arizona Republic

Arizona is America’s COVID-19 hot spot and on the brink of crisis / Wall Street Journal

Banner Health hospitals seeing spike in children with COVID-19 / KTAR

Has this COVID surge peaked? ASU expert weighs in / ABC 15

COVID-19 hospital data shows some hope in Arizona following record surge / 12 News

ASU, UA, NAU start spring terms with COVID-19 positivity rates lower than Arizona’s / Arizona Republic

Active COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in ASU community / State Press

Arizona passes 300,000 mark in COVID-19 vaccine doses administered / KOLD

150K Arizona vaccine appointments for February snapped up in 1 day / KTAR

University of Arizona begins administering COVID-19 vaccinations / KOLD

Phoenix Union to launch COVID vaccination sites for educators / KTAR

UA health expert recommends masks even after COVID-19 vaccine, illness / KJZZ

California tech company moves HQ to Tempe / Phoenix Business Journal

Align Technology, the designer and manufacturer of the Invisalign system, iTero dental scanners and other medical devices, is moving its headquarters to Tempe.

Scottsdale health care startup locks in $20M in new funding / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based Apricus Health, which provides a platform for doctors, including primary care physicians and specialists, to connect virtually with patients, has secured $20 million in new funding.

Phoenix bioscience hub has $3B in projects and 7K new jobs in the works / Phoenix Business Journal

The bioscience sector in Phoenix is heating up and the world is taking notice, as exclusive licensing agreements are forged, lab space is being built and medical schools are expanding.

Promising treatment for deadly Glioblastoma being tested on humans at Ivy Brain Tumor Center / Chamber Business News

A promising non-invasive treatment to destroy deadly brain tumors effectively and safely is being tested on human patients for the first time at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

SkySong economic impact projected at $58.2B over 30 years / AZ Big Media

A SkySong economic impact study found that the Arizona State University innovation center generates an estimated annual impact of 9,350 total jobs, $584.4 million in wages, and $1.3 billion in economic activity.

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