Arizona Bioscience News: Legislature passes angel investment credit; Walmart Health acquires MeMD; UA Cancer Center’s mRNA vaccine trial

July 8, 2021

By brianpowell

‘There is nothing else to do’: Get vaccinated to avert delta variant, Arizona health officials say / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 vaccination rates in Arizona lag the U.S. average, case numbers are up and the state’s health director says more shots are needed to avert outbreaks from the surging delta variant. Read more: Spreading Delta variant moving toward dominance in Arizona  

Renewed tax break for Arizona angel investors heads to Ducey’s desk / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Legislature voted to extend the Small Business Capital Investment Incentive, a program commonly called the angel tax credit that’s designed to encourage investment into startups, for $25 million in investor tax credits over the next 10 years.

Behind the deal: How Scottsdale’s MeMD can change American health care as a part of Walmart / Phoenix Business Journal

Scottsdale-based MeMD, a multi-specialty telehealth provider, was acquired by Walmart Health to enable Walmart Health to complement its in-person care centers with virtual urgent, behavioral and primary care. Read more: Virtual care provider MeMD acquired by Walmart Health

StartupAZ names 10 companies to 2021 Collective Growth Cohort / Phoenix Business Journal

StartupAZ Foundation, a nonprofit organization fostering Arizona’s startup ecosystem, recently named 10 startups, including companies in health care and senior care, to its one-year Collective Growth Cohort.

New cancer treatments may be on the horizon—thanks to mRNA vaccines / National Geographic

A clinical trial at the University of Arizona Cancer Center tested an mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine—similar technology to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines—in combination with an immunotherapy drug to treat colorectal and head and neck cancers.

UA College of Medicine-Phoenix students possibly exposed to COVID-19 / KJZZ

The University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Phoenix has informed students and staff they may have been exposed to COVID-19 during an orientation event last week.

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