AZ TechCast, the new podcast of the Arizona Technology Council, is dedicated to covering innovation and technology in Arizona and beyond. In the April 2020 episode of AZ TechCast, an innovative group of experts shared their expertise and insight into what Arizona’s science and technology industry is doing to support the community in addressing the pandemic. These are just a few of the many Arizona institutions and companies that have stepped up and are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, is looking for volunteers: individuals who have run the course of COVID-19, and whose immune system may have built up antibodies against this still mysterious disease.
Intel’s COVID-19 Response and Readiness Initiative will provide funding to accelerate customer and partner advances in diagnosis, treatment and vaccine development, leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and edge-to-cloud service delivery.
Tucson-based Universal Avionics is assisting the local Tucson community in protecting healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is currently providing the non-profit group, Hope Worldwide (Tucson Chapter), with assembly line space at its Tucson headquarters to manufacture medical face masks and shields.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Intel Corporation announced that it will source and donate more than 1 million items of personal protective equipment – masks, gloves and other gear – to healthcare workers. The tech giant will donate masks, gloves, face shields and other gear that they have sourced from its factory stock and emergency supplies, and will continue to look for additional sources of personal protective equipment to donate as quickly as possible.
As new cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed across the globe, here’s what you need to know about the fast-spreading respiratory virus that causes it.
You’ve no doubt had your fill of conjecture and fear from media coverage of the coronavirus. From the Centers for Disease Control to our own Gov. Doug Ducey, we’re getting the latest news on the few who are affected and what the vast majority of us should be doing to take care of ourselves. What gives me cause for confidence is knowing the solutions to this situation will come through innovation.
TGen’s work in solving disease outbreaks and building genomic surveillance and detection systems. This work includes designing rapid, highly accurate and cost-effective tests for critical pathogens —such as Valley Fever, MRSA and other hospital superbugs, influenza, tuberculosis — finding and describing new disease pathogens, and detecting outbreaks at the earliest possible timepoints and tracking the evolution of these pathogens.