Life Sciences/Animal Health and Research

Coping with COVID: Moderna prepares to apply for FDA authorization of COVID-19 vaccine today

Following the lead of Pfizer, Moderna will now be the second company to submit its COVID-19 vaccine for approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Massachusetts-based biotechnology company has since finished its Phase 3 trials and said it… more

UMKC receives $1.9 million grant for COVID-19 study

Nearly $2 million in grant funding has been given to the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a study centered on COVID-19 testing in among minority populations in underserved communities. Through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative, UMKC will receive $1.9… more

Coping with COVID: Rival vaccine from AstraZeneca shows high effective rate in late-stage trials

Another COVID-19 vaccine, this time from multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, is gaining attention for its positive late-stage trial results. Interim analysis of conducted trials show a 90 percent effective rate for the vaccine, according to trial data from… more

Coping with COVID: TMC/ University Health among first in metro to use FDA-approved COVID-19 drug

Truman Medical Center/University Health has confirmed that's it among the first health care providers in the Kansas City area to administer bamlanivimab. Authorization for the drug was approved for those with a mild to moderate case of COVID-19 and aims… more

MU researchers granted $5 million from NASA for study

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have received a boost of support from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). An announcement Thursday revealed that NASA has given a team of researchers at the university a $5 million dollar grant… more

Eli Lilly receives emergency approval for antibody treatment

The first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 treatment has been given to Eli Lilly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Permission for emergency use was granted Monday for Lilly's COVID-19 antibody treatment called bamlanivimab. Authorization for… more

Coping with COVID: Lenexa laboratory to open direct sale of COVID-19 tests to consumers

Clinical Reference Laboratory in Lenexa announced that it is now selling its saliva-based COVID-19 RT-PCR test directly to consumers. It costs $110, including shipping. The company says the test is one of the most affordable COVID-19 home tests currently available… more

Southern Missouri diagnostic lab ceases operations

A Southern Missouri diagnostic lab has ceased operations after having its lab certifications pulled by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to closing, Gamma Healthcare Inc. in Poplar Bluff, Mo. provided laboratory and radiology services for hundreds… more

Coping with COVID: Washington University seeking recruits as it begins phase 3 of vaccine trial

Used as a testing site for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is seeking recruitments for phase 3 of the trial vaccine. The School… more

Coping with COVID: Vaccine distribution plan details made available in Missouri, Kansas

A COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be available within the next month or two, according to experts, but not just anyone will be able to receive it at first. Regardless, Missouri and Kansas leaders plan to make the vaccine available… more