Summit, Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine to Develop Saliva Tests for COVID, Head & Neck Cancer

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Summit Biolabs, Inc., an early-stage molecular diagnostics company specializing in saliva-based testing for COVID-19 and head & neck cancer, and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced today a broad strategic collaboration involving research, development and commercialization of saliva liquid-biopsy tests for early cancer detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 and other viral contagions.

The CCPM holds one of the largest research biobanks in the United States with clinical data from more than 8.7 million de-identified patient records and plans to integrate the data with personalized genomic information.

“This partnership brings two innovative programs together to optimize COVID testing at a time when it’s desperately needed,” says Kathleen Barnes, Ph.D., Professor and Director of CCPM at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “Collaborations like this are crucial in moving research forward and

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Newport Beach’s OASIS senior fitness center is reopening, albeit at limited capacities

It’s time to get physical again at the OASIS senior fitness center in Newport Beach.

City officials announced earlier in October that the fitness center would be reopening, along with other city facilities such as community centers for classes and City Hall. City officials said that this does not apply to the whole of the OASIS Senior Center.

“The city of Newport Beach has been determined to keep our community healthy and engaged in physical activity throughout the pandemic and access to our parks and facilities has been top priority for their wellbeing,” said Laura Detweiler, the director of recreation and senior services for the city.

“We have kept our parks open and have promptly opened amenities like the fitness center as soon as guidelines have been published by the state and county with safety measures in place,” Detweiler said. “Our fitness center members have been eager to get back

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Fred Hutch opens dedicated research center in Seattle to test treatments for COVID-19 patients

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, foreground, in the Minor Building on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Seattle campus. (Fred Hutch Photo)

Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is opening a new facility dedicated to testing treatments for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, or CCRC is one of the first stand-alone facilities in the country designed for such work, according to Fred Hutch announcement on Monday. Located in the Minor Building on Fred Hutch’s South Lake Union campus, it was funded by philanthropic donations and public/private partnerships.

Scientists and clinicians will partner in the space with study volunteers, health care providers, research institutes, foundations and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry on Phase 1 through 3 clinical trials (observational and interventional) for COVID-19-positive participants.

Two studies are already underway:

  • A Phase 3 randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of remdesivir (GS-5734TM)
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Princeton Longevity Center and PinnacleCare Announce Alliance to Provide Healthcare Advocacy Support for Patients with Life-Changing Diagnoses

Experts in Preventive Medicine/Executive Health and Concierge Health Advisory Firm Join Forces for Better Patient Access to Specialists, Improved Outcomes

Princeton Longevity Center (PLC), the leading experts in preventive medicine and executive health, and PinnacleCare, the premier concierge health advisory firm, today announced that they are partnering so patients will have access to renowned specialists nationwide and facilitated appointments for clinically significant findings requiring quick and expert follow-up.

When a patient receives a life-changing diagnosis, a professional health advisory firm can make all the difference in ensuring the best outcomes by expertly navigating the complexities of the healthcare system. PinnacleCare identifies the best specialists in the country, expedites all appointments and seamlessly manages all details.

“For most PLC patients, findings tend to be more minor and can be corrected with simple intervention,” said Dr. David Fein, medical director at PLC. “But for some, a day at PLC will be life-changing.

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University of Cincinnati launches new center on addiction research


Andrew Norman, PhD, a professor in the UC College of Medicine’s Pharmacology and Systems Physiology department and a leader in the Center for Addiction Research, is studying an anti-cocaine antibody for humans that may help block the effects of cocaine. (Photo: Provided. Colleen Kelley/University of Cincinnati)

A research center devoted to the science of addiction and determined to make a national impact has launched at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The UC Center for Addiction Research, made public this week, is an endeavor “to expand the university’s scope as a national leader in addiction science,” officials said.

The center’s director, Theresa Winhusen, vice chair for addiction sciences in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences department, on Friday summarized its goals as:

  • Working to end myths and misconceptions about addiction disorders and treatment and helping determine better outcomes for those who suffer from the chronic health disorder.
  • Bringing together
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Outbreak at Secret Service Training Center Underlines Proximity of Virus to White House

Rick Nelson, a former official on the National Security Council under the George W. Bush administration who dealt with homeland security issues, said few other law enforcement agencies faced such pressure to continue operations while at the whims of political candidates prone to travel.

“They have a relatively small work force that doesn’t allow them to absorb and respond to the fluctuation,” said Mr. Nelson, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They’re at higher risk than the general public because they can’t do their job if they’re social distancing.”

The Secret Service trains its officers and agents at a sprawling campus in Laurel, Md. The center has mock versions of Air Force One, Marine One, the president’s helicopter and the White House grounds. There is a large parking lot where agents learn how to drive the hulking armored limousine the president is driven in, which is

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Northwest Assistance Ministries gives virtual tour of Family Violence Center for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Leading into Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Northwest Assistance Ministries wants to let people know that help is available by hosting a series of awareness-building virtual events. The nonprofit began the month with a virtual tour of their Family Violence Center, opening the door for people to begin to reclaim their power.

“With the COVID-19 crisis we had to think of new ways to introduce what we’re doing, bring attention to this awful situation that is happening in so many areas,” Brian Carr, chief advancement officer for NAM, said. “This isn’t the year to have group outings and have people come for public events and things of that nature. We want to try to create opportunities that the public can learn about domestic violence.”

The Family Violence Center provides a large swath of services for anyone experiencing domestic violence,

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BIAL Goes Global With New US Research Center and Acquisition of Promising Parkinson’s Disease Programs

  • BIAL Biotech to be based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will be a Research Center of Excellence dedicated to genetically-defined Parkinson’s disease

  • LTI-291 clinical program and other research programs in Parkinson’s disease acquired from Lysosomal Therapeutics, Inc.

  • R&D team led by Peter Lansbury, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School

  • Investment may add up to 130 million dollars depending on the accomplishment of downstream development, and several regulatory and commercial milestones

BIAL, a pharmaceutical company based in Portugal with locations across Europe and dedicated to R&D in CNS diseases, announced today that it has established a new affiliate in the United States of America, BIAL Biotech Investments Inc. (BIAL Biotech). This new research center focused on genetically-defined Parkinson’s disease is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a prominent biotech hub in the world.

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Simultaneously, BIAL announced that it has acquired worldwide rights

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Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center and Pluristem Unveil Joint Projects at Malta Conferences Foundation Online Event


On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:PSTI) (TASE:PSTI), a leading Israeli regenerative medicine company developing a platform of novel biological products, and the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center (ADSCC) unveiled their first joint projects in a presentation at the Malta Conferences Foundation (MCF), a global conference supported by kENUP Foundation, a promoter of research-based innovation with public and societal benefit.

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Malta Conferences address shared desire to improve quality of life and political stability in Middle East through scientific collaboration (Graphic: Business Wire)

Pluristem and ADSCC presented new projects, part of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding aimed at harnessing the power of regenerative medicine.

The first joint project brings together the expertise of Pluristem and ADSCC to advance a potential COVID-19 treatment. The project will involve the first-time administration of Pluristem’s PLX cells via a nebulizer, a

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New Fitness Center Opens In Patchogue

PATCHOGUE, NY — For those hoping to lose the “quarantine 15,” a new fitness center recently opened up Patchogue.

Owner Vincenzo Masone, who competes as a super heavyweight bodybuilder, said South Shore Iron at NPV on 208 East Main Street is a space for others who have a passion for bodybuilding, health and fitness. He is opening the business alongside co-owner David McIntyre.

The 28,000-square-foot health club has three floors of equipment and various training programs.

“Our facility is run by current and former fitness professionals who know how to assess and evaluate the everyday person in order to help them achieve their fitness goals,” Masone told Patch.

The 27-year-old, who is hoping to obtain his professional status as a bodybuilder this year, delayed the opening date of his first-ever business until the state allowed fitness centers to open at 33 percent capacity August 24.

Despite the delay, Masone and

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