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Utah News About COVID-19

June 18, 2021
ARUP Celebrates Opening of a New State-of-the-Art Laboratory Facility in Salt Lake City

Founded in 1984, ARUP Laboratories, one of the nation’s largest reference laboratories, on Tuesday held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its new four-story, 220,000-square-foot laboratory facility located in University of Utah Research Park. The newly constructed facility is the crown jewel of eight properties ARUP now owns and operates as Research Park’s largest […]

June 4, 2021
Utah #1 For Best State Economic Outlook…Again

Utah has done it again! The 2021 “Rich States, Poor States” report recently released by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ranks Utah as the state with the strongest economic outlook in the nation. Utah has held this first place designation for the past 14 years. View state-by-state data HERE. To determine its rankings, the […]

March 1, 2021
The University of Utah and RenalytixAI Partner to Drive Innovation in Kidney Health

Utah’s RenalytixAI and the University of Utah last week announced a partnership to improve kidney health and reduce the risk of kidney failure for large scale populations in the earliest stages of kidney disease. The partnership intends to implement RenalytixAI’s in vitro diagnostic platform, KidneyIntelX, in combination with a range of advanced clinical management solutions […]

January 29, 2021

Last week, Salt Lake City (SLC) Mayor Erin Mendenhall gave her second State of the City address – a live broadcast from the City Council Chambers in which she reflected on 2020 and outlined her plan for the City in 2021. The Mayor noted that “we are striving to make our city better through change; […]

January 29, 2021
Spectrum Solutions Collaborates with UCLA on Saliva-Based Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) Liquid Biopsy Research for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Spectrum Solutions, LLC on January 27 announced it is sponsoring research in collaboration with the UCLA School of Dentistry for a study on using saliva in early lung cancer detection and analysis. Spectrum has funded a study that aims to recruit 50 patients with lung cancer and seeks to validate saliva’s tumor-specific ctDNA detection sensitivity […]

January 8, 2021
Early Vaccination Available for Some Life Science Industry Employees

We’ve received more information on channels for vaccine distribution with some positive developments

December 11, 2020
Utah Readies to Receive 154,000 COVID-19 Vaccines

Governor Herbert yesterday announced that teachers would move up to the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to teachers, the first phase of vaccinations in Utah will focus on healthcare workers, as well as residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Last week, BioUtah sent a letter to the Utah Department […]

December 4, 2020
Utah COVID-19 Small Business Quarantined Employee Grants

Utah continues to support the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic with its COVID-19 Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant program. If an employee needs to quarantine or isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure or positive test, employers can continue paying them and be reimbursed with this grant program. Utah created this program to reimburse small […]

November 20, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccination Briefing From the State of Utah.

View the briefing below: COVID-19 Vaccination Update_11-17-2020

November 13, 2020
Utah Life Sciences Leaders Honored At 2020 Virtual Life Sciences Summit

On the last day of the Summit, BioUtah announced its 2020 Utah Life Sciences award winners, which were presented during a special virtual awards session. Gary Crocker, president of Crocker Ventures, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award Other distinguished award winners include Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall; Chris Gibson, CEO, Recursion Pharmaceuticals; Randy Rasmussen, co-founder, […]

November 13, 2020
BioHive Launched at Utah Life Sciences Summit – Join the Campaign 

  The 11th annual Utah Life Sciences Summit (ULSS) Nov. 9-11, went virtual this year. But despite the physical distance, the ULSS made news and ignited our life sciences industry with a special announcement — the launch of BioHive, a new bold campaign to brand and expand Utah’s life sciences ecosystem. ICYMI…view the video and see […]

October 30, 2020
Dr. Dinesh C. Patel Honored with Utah Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Medal

Utah’s own life sciences entrepreneur, Dinesh C. Patel, PhD, has been honored with the Utah Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Medal for Science and Technology for his contribution in the field of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. “This honor is well-deserved,” said Kelvyn Cullimore, president and CEO of BioUtah. “Dr. Patel has been instrumental in founding and bringing a […]

October 16, 2020
IDbyDNA and Illumina Launch New Rapid Test to Better Detect COVID-19, Flu, Respiratory Co-Infections

Utah-based IDbyDNA announced yesterday that, in an effort to help labs better identify respiratory pathogens and avoid overuse of antimicrobial drugs, IDbyDNA and Illumina, Inc. are co-launching the new Respiratory Pathogen ID/AMR Target Enrichment Assay. The test, currently for research use only, will improve testing for infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and will leverage IDbyDNA’s Explify® […]

October 16, 2020
SDP Oncology Announces First Patient Dosed in a Phase 1 Solid Tumor Study

Lehi-based Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology (SDP Oncology) recently announced that the first patient has been dosed with the PKM2 activator, TP-1454, in a Phase 1/1b study in patients with advanced metastatic or progressive solid tumors.  “Dosing the first patient in this study marks an important milestone, as TP-1454 is the first PKM2 activator to be […]

October 16, 2020
Governor Herbert Announces New COVID-19 Transmission Index

On Wednesday, Governor Herbert announced the state’s new response plan to COVID-19, effective October 15. This updated plan utilizes a COVID-19 Transmission Index and replaces the previous color-coded guidance system of red, orange, yellow and green. The new approach comes at a time when the state has seen a significant spike in infection rates. The […]