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How Safe are Staff and Patients in a Vaccinated World?

May 9, 2021

After a devastating year grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the future is looking brighter with the rollout of highly effective vaccines.  But while the number of people vaccinated is steadily increasing, unfortunately their immunity to the virus will inevitably wane over time, raising important questions for healthcare businesses, providers and the public at large: How long will vaccines provide protective immunity?  Are vaccines working as expected in each person? What impact do viral variations have on vaccine efficacy?

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Australian Researchers Say Best COVID-19 Vaccines 58% Effective at 250 Days

May 4, 2021

Next year, people are likely to need an annual COVID-19 vaccination just like they need an annual flu shot.
That prediction is made by researchers at six of Australia’s leading medical research institutions, based
upon their study of the levels of neutralizing antibodies needed to confer protection against COVID-19.
The detailed paper appeared in a medRxiv preprint.

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When Can I Visit a Friend’s House After I’m Fully Vaccinated?

April 6, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been separated from their friends and family due to the need for social distancing and lockdowns. Now, as efforts to vaccinate people against COVID-19 are well underway, there is hope that everyone will be reunited with their loved ones again soon.

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What to do it you test positive for COVID-19 today

March 10, 2021

Got a positive COVID-19 test? Take a deep breath and use this guide to make sense of the situation.

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How a 7th Grade Science Project Set a Little Girl on the Path to Become a Leading COVID-19 Antibody Researcher

Dr. Rianna Vandergaast’s journey into the sciences began with a simple, seventh grade science project. Now, she’s a lead researcher in COVID-19 neutralizing antibody testing.

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Can Non-Vaccinated People Get Vaccinated People Sick With COVID-19?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines have been updated stating that fully vaccinated people may visit unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19.

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Rochester’s Vyriad developing oral COVID-19 vaccine

February 25, 2021

Vyriad, a Rochester biotech firm founded by Mayo Clinic researchers, is developing an oral vaccine for the coronavirus that could be used as a booster in the months after the initial wave of vaccinations.

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Imanis Life Sciences Announces New Data from Clinical Assay Measuring SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibodies

February 23, 2021

Company releases data from its latest improved IMMUNO-COV™️ quantitative neutralizing antibody test. Data shows former COVID-19 patients, in a small preliminary sample set, saw marked decline in neutralizing antibodies within six months, and assay shows no guarantee that severe disease results in higher levels of antibody protection. The manuscript is available on medRxiv and has been submitted for additional publication following scientific peer review.

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Company in Rochester, Minnesota Developing Oral COVID-19 Vaccine

February 16, 2021

Vyriad, a scientific research lab based in Rochester, Minnesota, started working on a COVID-19 vaccine early last year and lab testing shows its delivery method and properties could give people immunity to the virus.

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FDA: New COVID-19 Variants May Cause False Negatives on Diagnostic Tests

January 15, 2021

On January 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of the potential for coronavirus tests to produce false negative results because of genetic variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This announcement comes after a new COVID-19 strain called B.1.1.7 emerged in the United Kingdom, which has also been detected in the United States.

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The 20 Hottest Digital Health Startups From Flyover Country, 2021

January 13, 2021

The Observer, in advance of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, names Imanis Life Sciences and sister company Vyriad as one of the hottest health startups from flyover country of 2021.

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Inspirational Women in STEM and Tech: Dr. Rianna Vandergaast of Imanis Life Sciences On The 5 Leadership Lessons She Learned From Her Experience

January 10, 2021

Imanis Life Sciences Principal Scientist, Rianna Vandergaast, Ph.D talks to Authority Magazine about lessons learned about leadership and the principles that guide her in the world of STEM.

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Heroes of the COVID Crisis: How Stephen Russel & Imanis Life Sciences Stepped Up to Make a Difference During the Pandemic

December 23, 2020

Imanis Life Sciences CEO and co-founder, Dr. Stephen Russell, talks to Authority Magazine about Heroes – what makes a hero, heroes in his own life, and heroes amid the current world climate.

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If You’ve Already Had COVID-19, Do You Need the Vaccine? Here’s What Experts Say

December 17, 2020

As the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine distribution process begins in the United States, there’s plenty of deliberation around who gets the vaccine, and when. Much attention has been brought to the people who have already been infected with COVID-19. Should they also get the vaccine? Don’t people who have had COVID-19 have immunity?

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New COVID-19 antibody test developed in Rochester

December 9, 2020

While many wait for news of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, a Rochester company says it has created something that can help figure out if you can fight the virus off on your own.

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Antibody test puts Rochester at forefront of tracking COVID-19 immunity

How immune are you? That’s the question developers of a new COVID-19 antibody test or assay hope to answer for patients and doctors.

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New test by Minnesota biotech firm can read COVID antibody levels

December 7, 2020

So, what’s your titer? That question, still strange sounding, may soon become important as vaccines bring about the endgame for COVID-19.

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Imanis Life Sciences Announces Improvements and Increased Capacity of IMMUNO-COV™️, a First-in-Class Neutralizing Antibody Test for COVID-19

November 19, 2020

High-throughput clinical assay detects and quantifies SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies

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Dueling quantitative COVID-19 neutralizing antibody tests roll out as vaccines approach completion

As COVID-19 vaccines ready themselves for market, two companies have turned their attention to what comes next – verifying whether the vaccines provide effective and lasting protection against SARS-CoV-2.

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Study suggests herd immunity to COVID-19 in New York City is low

November 9, 2020

Researchers in the United States have estimated that the proportion of people in New York City who developed antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) during the first wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is around one in eight.

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