Minnesota health care startups pull in record VC total, but deal flow ebbs
Minnesota's health care startups pulled in a record amount of cash in 2020, but the action was dominated by a few later-stage companies able to shake off the volatility created by the Covid-19 pandemic. That's according to the Medical Alley Association's annual Startup Investment Report. Minnesota's health care startups raised a total of $1.4 billion, $220 million more than in 2019. Yet the total number of deals for the year fell. Seventy-three companies raised money from institutional and ange l… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Here's when Gov. DeWine could lift Ohio's Covid curfew
Ohioans could see the state's curfew shortened and later removed if Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to fall in the state. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Eleanor Kennedy Source Type: news

Wolf on Covid-19 vaccine rollout: 'We want to do a much better job'
Says supply constraints and the expanded vaccine priorities are challenges to be worked through. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Riding the rise of telehealth services during the pandemic, this virtual pharmacy startup looks to crowdfunding for $2.5M raise
With the SEC making moves on regulations that would raise the amount startups can raise through crowdfunding, a Plano startup is eyeing the route for its next raise. Virtual pharmacy startup Scripx is planning to raise $2.5 million through the recently launched Republic Dallas, a curated community of companies and investors created by early-stage crowdfunding investment platform Republic, to expand its inventory and bring on new hires the rise of telemedicine services created by the pandemic. “I… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Kevin Cummings Source Type: news

UH adds Doctor of Nursing Practice program amid efforts to expand health care to disadvantaged communities
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the University of Houston ’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice program.  The practice doctorate is intended to address shortages of primary care providers, nursing educators and leaders, something UH and other local educational institutions have discussed addressing for some time.  The DNP program is a part-time post-mast er’s program designed for working nurses. It will have both face-to-face and online education, and students choose… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Laura Gillespie Source Type: news

Here's when Gov. DeWine could lift Ohio's Covid curfew
Ohioans could see the state's curfew shortened and later removed if Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to fall in the state. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Eleanor Kennedy Source Type: news

Moffitt unveils plans for massive Pasco County research and innovation campus
During a county meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved a $25 million incentive agreement to financially support the construction of infrastructure for the site. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

Independent Life Building, Southern Baptist and Florida Blue projects to go before City Council
The Jacksonville City Council will address several downtown development projects, including the redevelopment of the Independent Life Building during their Tuesday evening meeting. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Wilson Source Type: news

City of Dallas drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site to open Thursday
This story is available as part of a content partnership with WFAA-TV. For more local news, visit WFAA.com. The city of Dallas expects to receive a shipment of 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses Tuesday morning. Distribution of those doses should begin about 48 hours later, at 10 a.m. Thursday, at a drive-thru clinic set up at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. This will mark the first time the city has administered the vaccine to the general public. The city will be vaccinating… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Teresa Woodard (WFAA) Source Type: news

Cleveland Innovation District center could create 8,500 Ohio jobs, Clinic CEO says
The center could create more than 20,000 Ohio jobs in 10 years, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Mary Vanac Source Type: news

SFBT Digest: 5 things to know to start your Monday
Big changes are expected today to the state's coronavirus stay-at-home orders affecting restaurants throughout the Bay Area. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Andersen Source Type: news

Investors sue Bayer over Monsanto purchase, decline in stock
Another Roundup lawsuit is added to Bayer's legal pile. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Greg Edwards Source Type: news

Second antitrust lawsuit against Sutter Health headed to trial
Another legal battle that has ensnared the Sacramento-based health system appears to have picked up momentum. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Felicia Alvarez Source Type: news

Newsom expected to lift regional stay-at-home orders across California
The shift in approach is a recognition that the capacity of beds in intensive care units is growing. But it's unclear when areas that had been under strict lockdown orders, like the Bay Area, will be allowed to permit more business activity. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: J. Jennings Moss Source Type: news

Newsom expected to lift regional stay-at-home orders across California
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday is expected to lift the regional Covid-19 stay-at-home orders that have been in place throughout much of California since late last year. Such a move could see some businesses, such as hair salons and barbers, open up for limited indoor services. It could also permit restaurants to open up outdoor seating areas and expand their services. But it's not at all clear if the expected decision from Newsom will have an immediate impact at the county level. On Sunday, California's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: J. Jennings Moss Source Type: news

Merck discontinues work on Covid-19 vaccine candidates
The company is continuing work on two therapeutics to treat coronavirus infections. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine is effective against new variants
Moderna Inc., the Cambridge-based maker of one of the two vaccines for Covid-19 that are now in use in the U.S., said Monday that studies of recipients of the vaccine suggest that it provides some protection against two of the newer, faster-spreading variants of the coronavirus. The company said the current vaccine appears about equally effective against the strain first identified in the United Kingdom as it is against the original strain of the virus, which has been said to be about 95%. However,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Don Seiffert Source Type: news

Poverty-health connection the focus of UTHSC nationally funded research
“If these social determinants of health are ignored when patients visit health facilities … then the long-term effectiveness of physical and mental health treatment is limited." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Help with vaccination push comes from unexpected businesses
While some retailers and pharmacy chains have been directly involved in the rollout of coronavirus vaccinations, more surprising is the number of companies that have offered help despite having little to do with health care. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Gillian Friedman and Lauren Hirsch Source Type: news

4% of Missourians have received first Covid-19 vaccine shot, lowest in US
Just 4% of Missourians have received the first shot of the two-dose coronavirus vaccine as of Sunday, the lowest of any state in the country. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled by The New York Times, Missouri is behind every state in the rate of distribution for the first dose, and only U.S. territories in the Virgin Islands, Micronesia and Guam have a lower percentage of the population with t he first dose. According to the data, 4.4% of people in Illinois… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sam Clancy, KSDK Source Type: news

Here's what it was like at Amazon, Virginia Mason's mass vaccination event (Photos)
In one of the state ’s first mass Covid-19 vaccination events, hundreds of people waited in an orderly line that wrapped around the corner of Lenora Street and Seventh Avenue in downtown Seattle on Sunday. The goal: to vaccinate 2,000 at-risk patients in a single day. Amazon.com Inc., working with Virginia Mason Fr anciscan Health, held the one-day, appointment-only pop-up clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in one of the company's large meeting spaces, across from the Spheres. The event, which will… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Megan Campbell Source Type: news

Talis Biomedical, Menlo Park-based Covid test maker, files for IPO
The company, whose board includes molecular diagnostics pioneers Randy Scott and Kim Popovits of Genomic Health, is seeking emergency use authorization of its Covid test. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 24, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

First cases of Covid-19 variant detected in Snohomish County
The UW Medicine Virology Lab detected the first two cases of the more transmittable variant of Covid-19 in Snohomish County, the Washington State Department of Health announced Saturday evening. The variant was originally identified in the United Kingdom in December, and since then, it has been detected in 12 other U.S. states. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released last week suggested it would become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March, which could increase cas es and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 24, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Megan Campbell Source Type: news

Duke graduate's huge task: Leading Biden's Covid-19 response
A Duke graduate is tasked with leading the new Biden administration's top priority – taming the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 24, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Dane Huffman Source Type: news

Portland Audubon leader on why his group isn't just for the birders
Portland Audubon's Nick Hardigg on soaring to new heights (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

SA gains new Covid-19 vaccination hub for city ’s sickest
The designation is expected to provide access to the vaccine for many of Bexar County's most vulnerable people. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Raleigh health-care provider makes 'aggressive acquisition' in South Carolina
A 1,300-person organization that recently moved its headquarters to Raleigh has snapped up a mental health provider based in South Carolina. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Cameron Snipes Source Type: news

Philadelphia-based Children's Brain Tumor Network to double staff thanks to $2.75M gift
The Philadelphia-based Children ’s Brain Tumor Network is doubling the size of its workforce thanks to $2.75 million in donations. The Swifty Foundation provided a $1.75 million gift to the nonprofit organization to accelerate pediatric brain tumor research around the globe. The gift was augmented by another $1 million in don ations that Swifty Foundation co-founders Al and Patti Gustafson secured by partnering with surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Illinois-based foundation… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Global organizations look past pandemic to other health crises
This year, Atlanta-based global organizations like the Task Force for Global Health, Carter Center and CARE are continue to focus on future health crises while also operating under the constrains of the current Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Randy Southerland Source Type: news

Birmingham's RxBenefits recapitalized at $1.1B valuation
A Birmingham benefits firm has been recapitalized with a $1.1 billion valuation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

All R Friends, an adult day care and vocational training business, is rapidly expanding in Central Ohio
An adult day care and vocational training chain is rapidly growing in Central Ohio, building new to replace leased locations. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Oregon sees new weekly high for Covid deaths
Last week Oregon had its highest weekly number of weekly deaths related to Covid so far in the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority reported 195 people had died from Covid in the week ended Jan. 17, following a previous high of 177 the week before. The increase in deaths comes as the state saw a slight decline in new weekly cases. There were 7,860 cases during the week, down 4% from the week befor e. The OHA also reported a decline in the positive test rate during the week, falling to 5.9% from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher Bjorke Source Type: news

In an East Bay company's move to the Peninsula, a sign of biotech's space race
The company must make way for a 521,000-square-foot Berkeley biotech development, but it had few options in a limited timeframe. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

NFL sets Super Bowl LV capacity at 22,000, including vaccinated health care workers
Just weeks before the big game, the NFL has announced the final capacity for Super Bowl LV in Tampa, and the audience will include vaccinated health care workers. Raymond James Stadium will host 22,000 fans for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, with 7,500 of those being vaccinated health care workers, the league announced Friday. The workers will come from all 32 NFL markets, though a majority will be from Tampa Bay and Central Florida. That number is larger than the earlier reported 20 percent capacity,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Brendan Ward Source Type: news

Virtual Executive Forum: Mental health and wellbeing in a pandemic
Mental health is a key factor of overall health and wellbeing, and it's become a primary concern over the last months as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the world. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Staff Report Source Type: news

Biotech real estate needs in Seattle area remain high despite pandemic
Seattle's life science lab space has a vacancy rate of less than 1% last year. The need for space continues even during a pandemic. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Megan Campbell Source Type: news

Philadelphia launches online form for residents interested in receiving Covid-19 vaccine
Philadelphia ’s Department of Public Health has opened its vaccine interest form online, allowing city residents to alert health officials of their desire to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.  The form, which can be found here, can only be used to indicate interest in getting vaccinated, and it is not a means of s cheduling an appointment to get a vaccine. The Department of Public Health will contact those who fill out the form when they become eligible to receive a vaccine. The health department said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Kennedy Rose Source Type: news

Blue Cross Blue Shield-Sanitas partnership opens sixth Houston-area clinic
The joint venture between Sanitas USA and Health Care Service Corp., parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, launched in late 2019. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Mathews Source Type: news

Alameda Health appoints interim CEO
Alameda Health System appointed James Jackson as interim CEO on Thursday, nearly two months after the abrupt resignation of Delvecchio Finley. Jackson served as the chief administrative officer at Alameda and San Leandro Hospitals until 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in health care, recently serving as a consultant to the Alameda County Healthcare Services Agency response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to that, he was the chie f operating officer for Seton Hospital and Seton Coastside… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jim Gardner Source Type: news

Amazon to open a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Seattle
The retail giant is working with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to administer up to 2,000 doses to eligible members of the public at its Denny Triangle campus on Sunday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Megan Campbell Source Type: news

Gov. Kate Brown's 2021 State of the State: Racism is 'endemic,' broadband expansion is critical
The governor delivered her annual address to lawmakers on Thursday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Andy Giegerich Source Type: news

How Durham beat Boston for a nearly 900-job, $61M expansion
North Carolina had to lay down big incentives to snag nearly 900 jobs for Durham. And the competition from Massachusetts was tough. Here's how it played out. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

What worms are telling us about aging — and more with the Buck Institute's incoming chief scientific officer
The Buck Institute role is sort of a homecoming for Malene Hanson, who did her post-doctoral work at UCSF nearly 20 years ago. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Alabama working on Covid-19 vaccine deal with Walmart
Alabama is working on a partnership with Walmart to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Ohio to spend $50M on at-home rapid Covid-19 antigen tests
The state of Ohio will send two million at-home Covid-19 rapid antigen tests to local health departments in another arm of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The deal with Abbott Laboratories and telemedicine company eMed is paid for with $50 million from the federal CARES Act, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. "We think this will be very, very helpful to slowing the spread," he said. "If we get a hot spot, if we get an outbreak in a factory, we can mo ve in very quickly." Local health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Boston Scientific to buy Minnesota heart monitor firm Preventice
Preventice Solutions, a Twin Cities-based health technology company that makes systems that can monitor heart activity remotely, has agreed to be acquired by Boston Scientific Corp. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Harris Teeter, Publix start offering Covid-19 vaccines
Harris Teeter and Publix are gearing up to distribute Covid-19 vaccines at stores across the Carolinas. The Matthews-based grocer, a subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), says the vaccine will be administered across its 211 pharmacy locations. It will be available for limited distribution in a phased approach following federal and state guidelines. The grocer began offering the no-cost vaccinati on at some South Carolina stores this week. It plans to expand that to other stores in its footprint… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jennifer Thomas Source Type: news

Chimerix eyes $100 million stock offering as share price leaps
A Durham biopharma is aiming to raise around $100 million through a stock offering – and the news brought a boost to the company's stock price. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Forsyth County Department of Public Health to open mass Covid-19 vaccination site
Forsyth County Department of Public Health has announced plans to begin mass Covid-19 vaccinations at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building starting Jan. 24.    The health department will vaccinate individuals who qualify under phase 1 and phase 2 under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Covid-19 vaccination plan. Phase 1 includes health care workers, long-term care staff and residents. Phase 2 includes adults 65 years or olde r, regardless of health conditions… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Trajan Warren Source Type: news

Biden unveils a national pandemic response that Trump resisted
President Joe Biden will use his first full day in office on Thursday to go on the offensive against the coronavirus, with a 21-page national strategy that includes aggressive use of executive authority to protect workers, advance racial equity and ramp up the manufacturing of test kits, vaccines and supplies. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sheryl Gay Stolberg Source Type: news