September 16, 2021
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Long known for its health care and medical resources, Atlanta has also become a hub for medical supply and pharmaceutical drug production, and state-level data show the Georgia has added 50 such companies to its roster over the past four years as the area's skilled workforce, strong research capabilities and friendly business climate capture attention. "The state of Georgia and the Atlanta area have an incredibly strong life sciences ecosystem to support medical manufacturing and, more importantly, innovation in this sector," said John Morehouse, who directs the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing.
Full Story: The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Atlanta (9/10) 
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Aditxt of Richmond, Va., and Sphere DX of Lexington, Ky., are partnering to offer AditxtScore, a blood test that assesses how strong patients' immune response is to COVID-19, at Sphere DX labs in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. A pilot program tested 99 vaccinated 63- to 99-year-olds at assisted living facilities near Lexington, with 33.3% showing suboptimal immune response.
Full Story: Spectrum (9/9) 
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DuPont is adding capital to its silicone materials business Liveo Healthcare Solutions to address broader issue of supply chain disruption. In addition to expanding operations in Michigan and China, DuPont will start manufacturing silicone pharmaceutical tubing at a facility in South Carolina by the second quarter of 2022.
Full Story: FiercePharma (9/9) 
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A former Toys R Us building in Richmond, Va., is being renovated and expanded to be used as a lab space for a North Carolina pharmaceutical research company. Plans for the nearly $12 million project include a 16,000-square-foot addition to the front of the building and rehabilitation of the existing 43,100-square-foot structure.
Full Story: Richmond BizSense (Va.) (9/13) 
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The FDA has given expanded approval to Brentwood, Tenn.-based Cairn Diagnostics for its 13C-Spirulina Gastric Emptying Breath Test, allowing it to be administered at home under the company's virtual supervision. "Our new virtual at-home telehealth administration option significantly expands access to this test, on a more widespread scale, from rural communities to cities," said President and Chief Operating Officer Kerry Bush.
Full Story: 360Dx (tiered subscription model) (9/14) 
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Finance and Economics
Bioplastics supplier NANTRenewables will invest $29 million to build a production plant at the Savannah, Ga., SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex. The plant will manufacture biogenic renewable mineral plastic enhancers that are integrated into finished products, and the company serves the pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries.
Full Story: Powder & Bulk Solids (9/15) 
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An $11.5 million NIH grant will allow scientists at Arkansas Children's Research Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to improve interventions to prevent obesity in childhood. An NIH grant was used to establish the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention in 2016, and it "continues to be a prime example of how research translates into interventions, creating a brighter future for kids right here in Arkansas and around the nation," said center leader Dr. Judith Weber.
Full Story: KUAR-FM (Little Rock, Ark.) (9/14) 
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Research Developments
Researchers from Auburn University have developed a COVID-19 test on a microchip that uses semiconductor technology and transistor biosensors to instantly reveal results after detecting the virus spike protein in a blood sample. The findings of the study, which is published in the journal ACS Nano, show a potential development for electronic biomedical sensors.
Full Story: WPMI-TV (Mobile, Ala.) (9/14) 
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Life Sciences Landscape
The South Carolina Research Authority's partner network has added Advent Innovations, DPX Technologies, Parimer Scientific and Prewrite. In addition to access to coaching and experts, the new members will be eligible to apply for grant funding, with Advent and DPX receiving federal matching grants of $50,000.
Full Story: Upstate Business Journal (Greenville, S.C.) (9/10) 
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Leadership in Life Sciences
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette played a key role in helping to develop Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine and has used its research to help the city of New Orleans create a COVID-19 action plan to vaccinate remote residents and to reduce the virus' spread. "We do research for a reason. For us, there is nothing more impactful, meaningful or urgent," said Ramesh Kolluru, vice president of research, innovation and economic development.
Full Story: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate (9/13) 
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News from Southeast Life Sciences
The opportunity to attend the premier event for life science professionals in the Southeast is on for October 27-29 in Charleston, SC! We've reviewed our conference surveys from past years and we've come up with the 5 best reasons to attend the 2021 AdvanSE Conference, so check it out and register today!
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Southeast Life Science's flagship event, AdvanSE, is fast approaching; October 27-29, 2021 in Charleston, SC. Every year, it presents a powerful opportunity for life science innovators and entrepreneurs to showcase their companies to an audience of discriminating investors. The 2021 program is taking shape, so take a look and register today!
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