Tag Archives: COVID19

GSK, Bayer stand by CureVac following ‘disappointing’ COVID-19 vaccine trial flop

CureVac’s late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial flop clearly showed that not all pandemic shots are alike. But where does that leave the German biotech and its Big Pharma partners? For one, ongoing collaborations with Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline aren’t going anywhere for now, the companies said following the interim results drop late Wednesday.  CureVac reported that its first-gen pandemic shot, known… Read More »

Texas Tech Professor Invents Game-Changing Ultra Rapid COVID-19 Sensor

A professor at Texas Tech University invented a potentially game-changing technology to help the world navigate through the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Gerardine Gerri Botte, a professor of chemical engineering at Texas Tech University’s Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, announced UFC-19, an ultra-fast Covid-19 detection sensor. This test can detect… Read More »

Tech sites hype Apple Watch for COVID-19 prediction without providing the evidence

Milwaukee oncologist Michael Thompson, MD, wrote to me yesterday morning (February 10)  about an article – “New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Predict COVID-19 Up to a Week Before a Swab Test” – promoted on Twitter by MacRumors.com. The story was about the so-called Warrior Watch Study at Mount Sinai Medical Center in… Read More »

Oxford University partners with Oracle for COVID-19 variant identification

Oxford University has partnered with global technology corporation Oracle, to create a Global Pathogen Analysis System (GPAS) that enables scientists and decision-makers to quickly identify COVID-19 variants. GPAS combines Oxford University’s Scalable Pathogen Pipeline Platform (SP³) with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). SP³, which was originally used to sequence tuberculosis, has been repurposed to unify, analyse and… Read More »