Arizona Bioscience News: New Wexford innovation lab; UArizona’s Alzheimer’s therapy; Creighton welcomes Phoenix students

August 19, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

New bioscience innovation lab space opening in downtown Phoenix / Phoenix Business Journal

Wexford Science & Technology LLC is launching Wexford Innovation Labs at the 850 PBC research and education building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus to give growing life science companies access to flexible lab, office, and lab support facilities.

UArizona researchers develop regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease / AZ Big Media

University of Arizona researchers have developed a new therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, which is now proceeding through a clinical trial, designed to restore cognitive function in early-stage patients.

Creighton’s new Phoenix medical campus welcomes first students / Phoenix Business Journal

Creighton University’s Phoenix Health Sciences Campus has welcomed its first students to the $100 million, 185,000-square-foot facility including more than 200 medical students and 100 nursing students.

The rate of ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 infections has increased in Arizona / Arizona Republic

The rate of COVID-19 infections in fully vaccinated Arizonans increased to 14% of confirmed cases in July, state health officials say, with a similar rate through the first two weeks of August as the highly contagious delta variant surges in Arizona. Read more: Up to 200,000 Arizonans may be eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. What you need to know

The number of children hospitalized for COVID-19 doubled in July, Arizona’s largest health system says / Arizona Republic

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 at Banner Health, Arizona’s largest health system, doubled in July and disease experts say face masks and more vaccine uptake is needed to protect the state’s youngest residents.

Will vaccinated people need booster shots now? ASU expert weighs in / KJZZ

Dr. Josh LaBaer, executive director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, said in a vaccination town hall event that a booster shot may help prevent breakthrough cases among people who were first vaccinated several months ago, but they still have pretty good antibody levels.

Tempe is expanding its COVID-19 sewage surveillance program with $1M in federal funding. Here’s why / Arizona Republic

Tempe will teach other cities how to test their sewage to help fight the pandemic as wastewater experts expand their own testing to identify areas where COVID-19 is spiking.

Meet AZ Inno: Business Journal to launch coverage of Arizona startups and entrepreneurs / Phoenix Business Journal

The Phoenix Business Journal on Sept. 14 will launch “AZ Inno,” which will provide content about Arizona entrepreneurs, startups, angel investors, and accelerators, offer directories, and host sponsored events.

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