Arizona Bioscience News: TRIF spurs innovations; AZ Inno Madness bracket introduced; COVID boosters protect during omicron

March 3, 2022

By brianpowell

Record levels of sales tax income spur innovations at Arizona universities / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

The Arizona Board of Regents Technology and Research Initiative Fund, which is projected to receive $122.5 million in fiscal year 2022, is launching new research strategies focused on improving health; water, environment, and energy solutions; and more.

UArizona researchers find way to use AI to speed up lung disease diagnoses / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

University of Arizona researchers have launched the startup MetFora after finding a way to detect new lung disease using artificial intelligence, with the possibility the technology could apply to a broad spectrum of diseases.

Seven Arizona startups selected for bioscience entrepreneurship program / Phoenix Business Journal

Seven Arizona bioscience startups, including four from the Phoenix area and three from Tucson, will receive $30,000 and other help as the latest participants in the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program.

Fish in the desert / The Lab at azcentral

In this latest podcast episode, researchers and community leaders such as aquaculture pioneer George Brooks see big potential in fish to solve local problems that have global implications.

Introducing the AZ Inno Madness bracket / Phoenix Business Journal (AZ Inno)

Inno Madness is a bracket-style challenge featuring 16 local startups where readers vote to advance companies based on one question: Who would you invest in?

The benefits of allergies / AZ Big Media

An assistant professor at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy is exploring the ways in which the body protects itself against substances that lead to allergies.

UArizona research aims to help those who are anorexic or obese / KVOA

Researchers at the University of Arizona hope to help people with eating disorders and obesity by figuring out the brain region associated with feeling full and then developing therapies to help with eating control.

Why is Arizona’s COVID-19 death rate so high? Here are the theories / Arizona Republic

Arizona has one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but public health experts, physicians and state health officials do not agree on any one factor that has made Arizona so lethal.

COVID boosters provided powerful protection during Arizona’s omicron surge / KTAR

COVID-19 booster shots made an enormous difference in keeping Arizonans safe from hospitalization or death during the worst of the omicron wave, according to new data.

$5M federal grant supports Hispanic, poor students in STEM careers / Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona was awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support more students—especially those who are Hispanic or from low-income households—studying science, technology, engineering and math.

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