Arizona Bioscience News: New COVID-19 variants in Arizona; Phoenix firm gets FDA clearance; AOL co-founder highlights VC progress

October 27, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

New COVID-19 variants are in Arizona. What to know / Arizona Republic 

Omicron subvariants fueling rising COVID-19 cases in Europe and Western Asia have been detected in Arizona. Public health officials and medical providers say the best way to avoid serious illness from the emerging strains is to get the updated COVID-19 booster. 

Phoenix aesthetics firm gets FDA clearance for micro-needling device / Phoenix Business Journal 

Phoenix-based Aesthetics Biomedical Inc. has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Vivace RF micro-needling device to stimulate collagen skin growth, allowing the company to sell the device, which will be manufactured in Mesa. 

AOL co-founder highlights progress in venture capital, startups in Phoenix / AZ Inno 

Since the last time he visited Arizona, AOL co-founder and Revolution venture capital firm CEO Steve Case said the Phoenix metro’s startup ecosystem has made significant progress. 

25 Arizona startups compete for prize money in pitch contest finals / AZ Inno 

Twenty Arizona startups are finalists at the Nov. 3 IdeaFunding event—part of the Tenwest Festival co-led by Startup Tucson and the University of Arizona Center for Innovation—which will award more than $50,000. Read more: Tucson’s TENWEST is back with a party, biz pitches and more 

Health access survey finds ‘2 Arizonas’ / KJZZ 

A Northern Arizona University survey dives deeply into the state’s unmet medical needs, where there are vast differences among the urgent needs expressed by the residents of rural counties. 

Arizona health officials are worried about a possible “tripledemic” of viruses in kids / KJZZ 

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting an uptick in cases of respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, as health officials brace for a possible “tripledemic,” where children face RSV, COVID-19 and the flu as temperatures begin to drop. 

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