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Utah News About COVID-19

September 18, 2020
Fulgent Genetics Lands Utah COVID-19 Testing Contract

TestUtah has some new twists. Following the expiration of certain state contracts September 1, the Utah Department of Public Health has changed direction and contracted with a Los Angeles laboratory, Fulgent Genetics, to process COVID-19 testing for Utahns under the state’s coronavirus testing initiative. The test, which has received EUA from the FDA, will be […]

September 18, 2020
The Point Kick Off

On Monday, government leaders, including Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, held a press conference announcing the launch of planning efforts to redevelop the site of the Utah State Prison (The Point) in Draper. Many of our industry leaders are participating on The Point’s Education, Research and Innovation working group – Randy Rasmussen (former BioFire CEO), Gary […]

September 11, 2020
Inherent Biosciences Wins $256K NSF Grant to predict COVID-19 infection severity and treatment response

Inherent Biosciences, a biotechnology company headquartered in Salt Lake City has announced a $255,959 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study epigenetic biomarkers to predict patient response to COVID-19. The SBIR Phase I project aims to develop an onsite, clinical test to screen incoming patients potentially infected with COVID-19. The test would predict […]

July 24, 2020
Utah COVID-19 Relief Programs Go Live

Last week, BioUtah News and Events, reported that a number of new grant programs established by the Utah State Legislature would be soon open for applications through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).  This week, detailed information on three of the programs, ComRent, Safe In Utah, and Shop In Utah have come online. In […]

July 23, 2020
Utah’s Life Sciences Industry Supports “#MaskUpUtah”

The CEO of a Utah medical device manufacturer recently stepped down from his duties. The reason? He had passed 100 days battling COVID-19 and was still symptomatic. This CEO was the picture of physical fitness.  In his early 50’s, with no underlying medical conditions, he would have been the type of person that one would […]

July 17, 2020
Utah Department of Health Releases COVID-19 Business Manual

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) released a COVID-19 Business Manual – a step-by-step plan to help business mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and make their worksite as safe as possible for employees and customers. The manual is applicable during all color-coded phases of the pandemic and includes up-to-date recommendations from the UDOH, CDC, OHSA, […]

July 17, 2020
BioUtah Joins ‘InUtah’ Campaign

The recently launched statewide ‘In Utah’ campaign encourages protecting public health and economic reactivation as we continue to navigate COVID-19. BIoUtah has joined the ‘InUtah’ campaign as a partner to help get the word out and promote our own life sciences community. The campaign’s purpose is to educate Utahns on the opportunities and benefits of […]

July 17, 2020
New Utah COVID-19 Economic Relief Programs Take Shape

New and improved grant programs, aimed at providing economic support to Utah businesses impacted by COVID-19, are being finalized under the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). These programs, a result of legislation, HB 5010, which passed the state legislature during a June special session, include a revamped Commercial Rental Assistance Program (ComRent), making it […]

July 17, 2020
BioFire Respiratory Panel with COVID Target Scores CE Mark

BioMerieux announced that Utah-based BioFire’s Respiratory Panel 2.1 plus, which tests for SARS-CoV-2 and 23 pathogens encompassing 19 viruses, and four bacteria that cause the most frequent respiratory tract infections, has received CE marking.  “It’s exciting to see the advances that BioFire is making in COVID-19 and infectious disease diagnostics,” said Kelvyn Cullimore, president and […]

June 9, 2020
Request for Proposals – CARES Act Funding in Support of COVID-19 Treatments

August 21, 2020 Update Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for the $2M of CARES Act funding appropriated by the Utah Legislature to support the response to COVID-19. Applicants were awarded grants through a multi-step review process. At this point, all $2M in CARES Act funding appropriated by the legislature has been distributed. Thank […]

May 28, 2020
Governor Issues Executive Order Releasing Updated Guidelines for Low-Risk Phase in the Utah Leads Together Plan

SALT LAKE CITY (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order updating guidelines for areas in low health risk designation under Utah’s phased health guidance plan. The order specifically addresses updated guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, education, businesses, travel and events. “We are making progress and we can see that […]

May 22, 2020
Grants Still Available for the Utah Commercial Real Estate Assistance Program

On May 11, 2020, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) began accepting applications for the Utah Commercial Real Estate Assistance Program, to provide rental relief to small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The program, with $40 million in funds, has received 2,700 applications to date, totaling just […]

May 15, 2020
Governor Herbert Says Most of Utah Will Move from “Orange” to “Yellow” This Weekend

Governor Herbert announced at a press conference on Thursday that most of Utah will move from the moderate-risk phase (orange), to low-risk phase (yellow) this weekend. Grand, Summit and Wasatch counties, as well as Salt Lake City and West Valley City, however, will remain under moderate-risk guidelines. Salt Lake City Airport will also remain in […]

May 13, 2020
Governor Issues Executive Order Clarifying Recommendations for Moderate and Low-Risk Phases

New Guidance Applies to Social Gatherings, Outdoor Recreational Activities, Gyms, and Personal Care Services SALT LAKE CITY (May 6, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order clarifying guidelines in the moderate- and low-risk phases of the Utah Leads Together plan.  The order specifically addresses guidelines pertaining to social gatherings, outdoor recreation, […]

May 13, 2020
PPE Push Pack Program Launched to Help Small Businesses Jump Start COVID-19 Transition

SALT LAKE CITY (May 5, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert today announced the launch of the “PPE Push Pack” program to support small businesses in the transition to “moderate risk” COVID-19 protocols. Through a public/private partnership, the program provides a free, one-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to sole proprietors and businesses with […]