Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Arizona bio sector sees record-high gains; Biomedical campus construction

April 16, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

The demand is increasing at Arizona labs for COVID-19 antibody tests to determine if a person was once infected with the new coronavirus; the University of Arizona in fact plans campus-wide antibody testing. At HonorHealth, the first Arizona patient survives COVID-19 after a rare blood treatment. Meanwhile, FABRIC, a Tempe-based fashion incubator, is making reusable, FDA-approved isolation gowns for health care workers as Arizona companies switch gears to respond to the pandemic.

Private labs see high demand for COVID-19 antibody test that detects past infections / Arizona Republic

University of Arizona to institute campus-wide antibody testing for coronavirus / Arizona Daily Star

‘It was either ECMO or death for him’: 1st Arizona patient survives COVID-19 with rare blood treatment / Arizona Republic

1st Arizona COVID-19 patient survives after ECMO treatment / Fox 10

FABRIC Tempe shifts from fashion to hospital gowns / Arizona Republic

Dignity Health partners with FABRIC to sew reusable isolation gowns for health care workers / ABC 15

Scottsdale-based biotech company announces rapid COVID-19 test kits / 12 News

Scottsdale-based Biolab Sciences has blood test device for COVID-19 antibody / Fox 10

Chandler company switches gears to supply ventilator-related drugs in southwest / KJZZ

University of Arizona medical school in Phoenix graduates 30 new doctors early to help with coronavirus efforts / Arizona Republic

UArizona medical students graduate early to fight coronavirus pandemic /

UA Medicine grad helps with the coronavirus / KVOA

Weekly update with Dr. Paul Keim: understanding coronavirus / KNAU

Arizona coronavirus cases connected to European strain, researchers believe / Arizona Republic 

Nursing homes in state’s most populous counties see spike in coronavirus cases, deaths / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo leaders exposed to illness; state to get 100 ventilators from FEMA stockpile / Cronkite News

COVID-19 is draining health care providers’ finances and leaving some patients in limbo / Arizona Republic

Arizona hospitals plan to coordinate COVID-19 patient care statewide / Arizona Republic

Arizona’s bioscience sector sees record-high venture capital, research funding / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona’s bioscience sector is performing at its highest level since data tracking began nearly two decades ago, a new report commissioned by the Flinn Foundation shows. Read more: Arizona bioscience sector sees record-high venture capital funding, strong gains in jobs

Work begins on $20M project on Phoenix Biomedical Campus / Phoenix Business Journal

A $20 million construction project will build out the third and fourth floors and a portion of the fifth floor of the 245,000-square-foot Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus for a wet lab and administrative research space for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

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