COVID-19

Open-Source Release Allows Coventor to Be Produced Worldwide

Via University of Minnesota “The Coventor is one example of how universities across the country are applying their research and expertise to fight the pandemic.” “During this time, University technology transfer offices act as the bridge for new technologies to reach those who can quickly put them to work. The University of Minnesota is among […]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Joins State Efforts to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19

Via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has become the first health insurer to join the state’s latest public health initiative to slow the spread of COVID-19. More than 140 Blue Cross associates from across Blue Cross will volunteer as contact tracers for the Minnesota Department of […]

Health Care Communications In The Age Of COVID-19: Lessons From Mayo Clinic

Via Padilla “As we all know, health care media relations on a normal day can be challenging. Before COVID-19, “normal” for Mayo Clinic looked like this: 25-30 media calls per day; handled by a team of more than 20 Daily proactive media efforts (story pitching, issuing press releases and media advisories, etc.) Coordinating interviews with Mayo Clinic […]

Abbott Announces Health Canada Authorization Under the COVID-19 Interim Order and Immediate Availability of its COVID-19 Antibody Test in Canada

Via Abbott Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today it received Health Canada authorization under the COVID-19 Interim Order* for the ARCHITECT SARS-CoV-2 IgG test, a laboratory-based serology blood test for the detection of the antibody, IgG, that identifies if a person has had the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Antibody testing is an important next step to tell […]

Osterholm Update: COVID-19

Via University of Minnesota In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and host Chris Dall discuss the concept of smart testing, the risk of transmission outdoors, reports of children developing an inflammatory condition following infection with COVID-19, and the CDC’s role in this pandemic. Listen to the latest episode of Dr. Michael Osterholm’s podcast or read the […]

Medical Alley Association Launches Resource Connect during Covid-19 Pandemic – April 1, 2020

Via KSTP A Twin Cities organization has launched a special kind of “matchmaker” service during the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting medical companies with businesses that can help fill supplies. “I like to think of us as sort of the nerve center of the health care community here,” said Shaye Mandle, president and CEO of the Medical Alley […]

Med-tech Front Lines Against COVID-19 Includes Array of Minnesota-Connected Companies – April 1, 2020

Via Star Tribune Abbott expects to produce 50,000 ID Now tests daily.  Medical-device maker Abbott Laboratories is rolling out a new desktop device that can detect coronavirus in five minutes in many cases without a patient leaving the doctor’s office. Abbott’s new test for detecting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 runs inside a toaster-sized […]

MN Company’s Medical Devices in Demand for Coronavirus Tests, But Supply Chain a Problem – April 15, 2020

Via Twin Cities Pioneer Press Dave Hemink prides himself on running a Minnesota-made company that designs, develops and manufactures the little devices that doctors put on your finger to measure your blood oxygen. And business has never been better. “We expanded into a different building on our campus, broadened our manufacturing area,” said Hemink, whose […]

Minnesota Struggles to Get Crucial Medical Supplies as Coronavirus Numbers Grow – April 5, 2020

Via Twin Cities Pioneer Press When she discovered that shipments of face shields from a Maryland-based manufacturer were on three-week back order through Amazon.com, Maggie Sartori — a supply chain director for Allina Health — threw up her hands and resorted to Plan B. Sartori called up a manufacturer in Northeast Minneapolis, bought thousands of […]

After Coronavirus, Which Industries Are Still Hiring? – May 2, 2020

Via Twin Cities Business At the end of February many Minnesota restaurants and hospitality businesses complained that they couldn’t find enough workers to fill open jobs. The issue had been plaguing nearly every industry for several years. Ben Wogsland, director of government relations for Hospitality Minnesota, said at the time: “Workforce is issue No. 1, […]

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