Life Sciences/Animal Health and Research


UMKC receives $700K grant for health hazards study

HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Jason Mohr joined Steve Simon, Ph.D., Biomedical & Health Informatics, UMKC School of Medicine and other UMKC officials for a virtual ceremony last week presenting $699,997 the UMKC School of Medicine. The grant was gifted… more

Kansas to increase testing, detect COVID-19 strains

The state of Kansas plans to increase genetic testing of COVID-19 positive patients to identify strains of the virus. Kansas currently tests around 1 percent of COVID-19 patients with genetic testing, according to Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health… more

Novavax launches Phase 3 trials for COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax announced the week the start of the Phase 3 trial of its Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Mexico. It is the fifth company to launch a large-scale trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. The trial… more

National Institutes of Health to study reactions to vaccine

In the last two weeks, there have been about eight allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine, and the National Institutes of Health is devising a study to find out why.  Six cases of anaphylaxis has been identified in the United… more

Hall Family Foundation, BioNexus award $200K

BioNexus KC is awarding $200,000 in regional grants to promote the One Health initiative, which aims to foster animal and human health innovation. Four researchers each will receive a $50,000 grant. The funding is part of a $750,000 grant that… more

Moderna vaccine earns FDA researchers’ endorsement

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moderna as safe and efficacious on Tuesday. The statement arrives just a day after the first doses of a competing vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech were delivered… more

Coping with COVID: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Kansas City today, first doses delivered to TMC

The first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Kansas City on Monday morning. Officials with Truman Medical Centers and University Health said the first shipment of vaccine arrived Monday morning, and officials are now in the process of… more

FDA to potentially authorize Pfizer vaccine today

A panel of outside experts on Thursday recommended the issue an emergency use authorization to the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The 17-4 vote came after members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee discussed… more

Clinical Reference Laboratory expands operations out west

Confirm BioSciences out of San Diego, Calif. has been acquired by Lenexa-based Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL). CRL is one of the largest privately held clinical testing laboratories in the U.S., and now leverages Confirm's massive customer base in Drugs of… more

Coping with COVID: Final trials show AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe with 70 percent efficacy

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine was 70 percent effective at preventing infection from the virus in more than 11,000 participants in late-stage international trials, according to results published Dec. 8 in The Lancet.  The vaccine was only about 60 percent effective among people… more