Amazon lends its expertise — and its cash — to Covid-19 research

first_img @erbrod Erin Brodwin Amazon was also influential in the design of the study and suggested that health care workers be included as one of the groups on which the trial focuses, Lipkin said. He added that the Amazon team includes Vin Gupta, who Amazon hired in January as a principal scientist for Amazon Care, its health care initiative.“I’ve been very impressed with their level of commitment,” Lipkin told STAT.Connecting potential plasma donors and researchersAmazon Web Services, the company’s web services provider, has pitched in to help build an online registry for potential plasma donors. The site, created in collaboration with Michigan State University, lets potential donors sign up to be contacted by local researchers. So far, the site enrolled 10,000 potential donors, an Amazon spokesperson said.Nigel Paneth, a professor of epidemiology at Michigan State and the lead on the website, said AWS contacted him out of the blue one day to ask if they could help.“I didn’t even know AWS existed” before this, Paneth said. “The only Amazon I knew was the river in Brazil and a shipping company. Next thing I know, there’s a conference call for getting this website started.” Shipping behemoth Amazon is increasingly throwing its weight into the pandemic response, sharing its staff’s web and research design expertise with scientists across the country and digging into its deep pockets to fund and shape a smattering of Covid-19 studies and projects.The company is backing a wide range of efforts, from funding a clinical trial of blood plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients to delivering at-home coronavirus tests to health workers and others in the U.K. Much of Amazon’s work is focused on people at a high risk of being exposed to the virus, such as delivery drivers, grocery store staff, and health care workers — all roles that exist within Amazon and its subsidiaries.Many of the projects won’t bear fruit for the next several months, or even years. And Amazon’s multimillion-dollar investments in scientific research could come across as cold comfort to workers at its shipment facilities, many of whom have been calling for basic safety precautions since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March. Earlier this week, a worker at Amazon’s Staten Island, N.Y., fulfillment center died from Covid-19.advertisement Related: About the Author Reprints DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images Newsletters Sign up for STAT Health Tech Your weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and life sciences. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Amazon Care is also delivering and picking up self-swab kits to people in Washington state’s King County as part of a research effort backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network, or SCAN.Experts noted that because much of Amazon’s effort focuses on people at high risk of exposure, it could stand to help the company’s own employees and those of its subsidiaries, which include its delivery service, grocery chain Whole Foods, and Amazon Care.“They’re trying to find ways they can mitigate risk to their employees and customers,” Lipkin said. “They had early exposure to the impacts of this pandemic.” HealthAmazon lends its expertise — and its cash — to Covid-19 research linkedin.com/in/erinbrodwin/ Still, Amazon’s efforts have the potential to give a boost to several Covid-19 efforts. In addition to funding, the company is lending the expertise of its staff, with some Amazon employees helping to set up coronavirus research websites and others joining weekly virtual meetings with researchers across the country to pitch in on projects. Here are four key areas of Amazon’s efforts in the pandemic response.Searching for clues in the blood of Covid-19 survivorsAmazon donated $2.5 million in grant funding to a Columbia-led clinical trial — approved by the Food and Drug Administration last month — to study whether blood plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients could help prevent infections in high-risk people or treat severe cases of the disease. Every week, a team from Amazon meets virtually with Columbia researchers including W. Ian Lipkin, director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity and the principal investigator on the trial, to talk about the study, how it is progressing, and to go over logistics and pending approvals.advertisement Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter. Related: A gulf emerges in health tech: While some companies surge, others lay off their workers Paneth and his colleagues now meet weekly with several AWS staff members to troubleshoot problems and talk about the website’s latest needs. They’re also working on developing a donor-matching program that would allow donors to connect with researchers accepting donations in their area.The website also has resources for clinicians on the ongoing research of blood plasma for Covid-19. It lets clinicians record notes on how patients who’ve received plasma for Covid-19 outside of a clinical trial are responding to the treatment and also lists FDA-approved clinical trials of plasma. The researchers hope the responses offer an early look at how plasma is affecting patients while they await the results from clinical trials.“Hopefully we can start to see a little bit of a signal before the results from the randomized controlled trials come in,” Paneth said. “No one knows whether this is going to work.”Studying the spread of Covid-19Amazon is also funding a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle, that aims to collect data on Covid-19’s infection rate, how long an infected person remains contagious, and whether they develop immunity.The study, similar to the other research efforts Amazon is supporting, is focused on high-risk people, including workers in health care and food service workers as well as custodians and members of law enforcement. Participants send weekly nasal swabs — the kind that requires people to sample the very back of their nose — and monthly blood samples to the researchers at Fred Hutchinson. The specimens are collected at home using swab kits and blood collection devices made by Seattle-based diagnostics company Tasso Inc. Amazon is providing an undisclosed amount of funding to the research, as well as collaborating on the study design and lending web hosting support from AWS.Delivering at-home tests to health workersIn the U.K., Amazon is helping to ship at-home coronavirus tests to symptomatic essential workers including health care workers, teachers, delivery drivers, and supermarket staff. The government sends the test kits — made by telehealth company Medbelle and diagnostics company Randox — to Amazon. The company then distributes them at no cost, a spokesperson for Amazon U.K. told STAT. Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] Will employers still shell out for health tech benefits in an unemployment crisis? The industry is about to find out By Erin Brodwin May 7, 2020 Reprints Tags Coronaviruspublic healthlast_img read more

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Ramires discussing big-money move from Chelsea

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Ramires is discussing a big-money move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.The Brazilian midfielder, 28, has been at Chelsea since 2010 and signed a four-year contract in October.AdChoices广告But he has been out of favour under interim boss Guus Hiddink and has not started a league game since Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester on 14 December.Several European clubs enquired about Ramires before he agreed a new deal at Stamford Bridge and seemingly committed his long-term future to the Blues.He has made 247 appearances for Chelsea since being signed from Benfica for £19m. See also:Ramires completes move from Chelsea to Chinalast_img read more

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Bluejay preview: Caldwell is set to play Berean Academy in first round of state tournament

first_imgCaldwell will be playing Berean Academy in the first round of state, a rematch from a December tilt. (Photo by Karen Shellhammer).by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The last three odd years have been good ones for the Caldwell boys basketball program. In 2015, the Bluejays placed third at state. In 2017, the Bluejays finished third again. Now it’s 2019, and Caldwell is looking for another state tournament placing.But in order to do that, the Bluejays must get past a team they lost to on Dec. 11 – Berean Academy. The two teams will hook up again this Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. at the Dodge City – United Wireless Arena for the first round of the Class 1A State Tournament.There’s been a lot of focus on that evening. The Caldwell girls lost to Berean on that mid-December night, only to come back and beat that same team in the first round of sub-state last week.“We are looking to do the same thing,” said Jason Marlin, third year Caldwell basketball coach. “Especially when it matters the most.In December, Berean defeated Caldwell 56-36. Caldwell was down by only four points at the half, but Berean came out in the third quarter and got hot outscoring the Bluejays 18-5 en route to a 20-point win.“We got ourselves in a hole and then we couldn’t get ourselves back out,” Marlin said. “They can really shoot the ball well. We can’t afford to get behind like this on Thursday.”Caleb Noyes led Caldwell with 10 points that game and was the only Bluejay to reach double figures.“They are extremely well coached,” Marlin said. “We will need to minimize our turnovers while pushing the ball down court. If we execute our half-court offense, much like we did against Moundridge, that will help.”Caldwell got to state after an exciting final seconds kind of win against Moundridge last week.Caldwell is coming off that exciting 39-37 victory over Moundridge in the sub-state championship in El Dorado that was concluded when Dru Volavka stole the ball and took it down court for the game-winning layup. The Bluejays will be dependent on their seniors Jalen Risley and Corbin Rice, who have averaged in double figures, 15.1 and 10.4 ppg. Volavka has 8.7 pug and Noyes has 5.1 ppg.This is going to be a loaded state tournament. Caldwell, despite having a 23-2 record, could only get the fourth seed. Central Plains, the proverbial favorite, is undefeated at 25-0. Osborne is the second seed at 23-0 and Hanover is the third seed at 24-1. Of the eight teams in the tourney, there is a cumulative 21 losses among all of them. Macksville has the eighth seed, and its record isn’t a shabby 19-6.Hopefully, Caldwell fans will come out in droves for state tournament game Thursday.The official Class 1A state tournament schedule is as follows:#1 Central Plains 25-0 vs. #8 Macksville 19-6, 6:30 p.m.#4 Caldwell 23-2 vs. Berean Academy 22-3, 8:15 p.m.#2 Osborne 23-0 vs. #7 Lebo 18-5, 3 p.m.#3 Hanover 24-1 vs. #6 St. John-Hudson 21-4, 4:45 p.m.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Tony Oakes reelected as Pattaya Sports Club President

first_imgPeter Malhotra Chairman of the Pattaya Sports Club Association, the governing body of the Pattaya Sports Club, congratulated President Tony and his board of directors and for their dedication to the good cause of sports and charity.“On behalf of the PSC Association committee, I wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all the PSC members who have collectively contributed your time, energy and resources to charity projects in our community. The Pattaya Sports Club’s main concern is to improve the health and well being of our children, which you have done without fail and with success. Your focus on giving our children a decent education is most commendable.”President Tony Oakes made his annual report followed by reports from the other committee chairmen. President Oakes said, “This has been a great year for the Pattaya Sports Club. We were very successful in terms of maintaining our membership numbers and increasing our charity work. Thank you all for your support and good work in Promoting Sports and Supporting Local Charities.”Elections were held to select the president and the board of directors for the 2011-12 year. The results showed that Tony Oakes was reelected as president for another term. Others elected to the committee were, Bobby Clark-Vice President, Paul Donahue-Secretary, Bob Lindberg-Treasurer, William Macey-Charity, Joe Mooneyham-Golf, Bjarne Nielsen-Registrar and Nigel Cannon-Social. Mike Johnston retains his seat in the Founder’s Chair. Special recognition was awarded to Past President Herbie Ishinaga who was also presented with a Life Membership in the Pattaya Sports Club. PATTAYA Saturday June 18: The Pattaya Sports Club held the Annual General Meeting this morning at the Town-in-Town Hotel attended by over 70 elective and founder members.last_img read more

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