Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers are on pace in April to continue their month-to-month decline in 2021 as new vaccine sites continue to open around the state. There is some concern how the J&J pause will impact vaccine trust. Meanwhile, the University of Arizona is urging students to get a COVID-19 vaccine and some kids younger than 16 may qualify for a vaccine by the fall.
COVID-19 cases in Arizona drop 18% in April / AZ Big Media
Findings of a study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute suggest that increasing expression of a gene known as ABCC1 could not only reduce the deposition of a hard plaque in the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s disease, but might also prevent or delay the disease from developing.
Gilbert-based PayGround raises $4M; looks to simplify the world of medical bill payments / Phoenix Business Journal
PayGround, a payments platform for health care providers based in Gilbert, recently raised $4 million in new funding and plans on making big waves in the state later this year.
UA tech spinoff aims to make algae for nutraceuticals / Arizona Daily Star
Tucson-based startup AlgaeCell Inc. has licensed technology for a system developed by University of Arizona researchers that is capable of sustainably producing industrial-scale microalgae or other microorganisms used in pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, and vaccines.
Arizona State University, through SkySong Innovations, was fourth in patents granted, fourth in startup companies launched and third in inventions disclosed when compared with other universities without a medical school, according to the most recent Association of University Technology Managers survey.
Phoenix-based LiteraSeed launches partnership with Valleywise Health for underserved populations / Phoenix Business Journal
LiteraSeed, a software platform dedicated to helping underserved patients communicate with doctors while improving health literacy, has launched a partnership with Valleywise Health to pilot the platform for COVID-19 patients in its Refugee Women’s Clinic.
Banner starts two major expansions in EV / SanTan Sun News
Banner Health started construction on a new women’s tower at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, adjacent to the seven-story Banner Children’s at Desert pediatric patient tower, and on a $243 million expansion of the Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert.
April 15: IdeaFunding 2021 | Startup Tucson
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