As the Arizona stay-at-home order is set to expire, businesses reopen, and testing continues to increase, experts are pointing to the importance of contact tracing to track COVID-19. Maricopa County has been approved to hire more contact tracers, and federal funding could assist in enhancing state-level tracing efforts. Long-term care facilities are reporting an increase in deaths, and the coronavirus has impacted a Flagstaff shelter. And the state’s universities, including Northern Arizona University, are tracking the virus in wastewater to estimate how many people in a community are infected.
Eighteen people at Flagstaff shelter test positive for the coronavirus / Arizona Daily Sun
An Arizona State University researcher co-founded the company OncoMyx to develop the myxoma virus, which he found to be harmless to humans but kills cancer cells, into a cancer treatment known as virotherapy with plans for clinical trials to begin in about two-and-a-half years.
Targeting cancer mutations with a vaccine is particularly vexing, as most are unique to each individual. But researchers at the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute may have a solution to these challenges.
The Banner Innovation Group, which focuses on innovative programs within Banner Health including telehealth and robotic assistive surgery, is a new tenant of Arizona State University’s SkySong in Scottsdale.
Here’s a look at the hottest technology and innovation evolving in Arizona / AZ Big Media (Op-ed)
Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, writes about the wearable innovation being produced at the WearTech Applied Research Center at Park Central including a host of medtech and fitness devices.