Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Neolight raises $7M; Caris Life Sciences expands in Phoenix

October 29, 2020

By Chris Farrington

Arizona’s draft COVID-19 vaccine plan submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests priority will go to a broad category of health care workers.  A University of Arizona researcher is developing a test that relies on a saltwater rinse and gargle to detect the presence of COVID-19. Arizona’s upward trends in the number of cases and hospitalizations continue as studies reveal more about the impact of “super-spreader” events.


Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first in Arizona? The state has a plan / Arizona Republic


UArizona researches mouth rinse test as alternative to COVID-19 nasal swab / AZ Big Media


Arizona’s new COVID-19 cases surpass 1K for 3rd straight day; upward trends continue / Arizona Republic


COVID-19 cases in Arizona continue to climb in October / AZ Big Media


Banner Health is ‘concerned,’ says COVID cases could outpace summer if trends continue / ABC 15


As COVID-19 cases surge anew, some towns lift mask mandates / Cronkite News


Super-Spreaders: Expert says 80% of coronavirus spread comes from 10% of people / KJZZ


COVID case counts remain stable on UA campus / Tucson Local Media


UA president urges caution over Halloween / Arizona Public Media


Active COVID-19 cases within ASU community continue decreasing / State Press


Venture Madness shifts dates for 2021 Phoenix event due to coronavirus / Phoenix Business Journal


NeoLight’s jaundice treatment catches another $7 million to bring neonatal light therapy to the home / TechCrunch

NeoLight, a startup company working to bring hospital-grade neonatal care technologies to the home, has raised $7 million in financing from Dignity Health, Honor Health Systems, and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley.


Life sciences company hiring 300 in Phoenix, expanding lab space / Phoenix Business Journal

Texas-based Caris Life Sciences, which acquired a Translational Genomics Research Institute spinout,  plans to grow to 1,500 employees in Phoenix and expand lab space as it focuses on precision medicine to target cancer cells based on a patient’s own genetic makeup.


Here are the Arizona legislators who earned 2020 pro-tech awards / AZ Big Media

The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced the 12 winners of this year’s pro-tech legislator awards to be honored for their support of technology and STEM education.


A DNA mystery: A woman was supposed to get Alzheimer’s by 50. Why didn’t she? / Boston Globe

Eric Reiman, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix and a coauthor of a study about an extended Colombian family with a genetic mutation that causes a devastating younger-onset version of the disease, talks about how one person has had a profound effect.


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