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University of Texas in Trial Phase of Regeneron COVID Treatment Similar to Drug First Used by Trump

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Scientists at the are carrying out tests for a trial of a similar experimental antibody treatment than was first given to President Trump as he began treatment for the coronavirus.



a group of people standing on top of a desk: A doctor puts on hand sanitizer in the ER at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas, on July 15, 2020. Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are currently carrying out a number of trials of Covid-19 treatments, including one previously given to President Trump.


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A doctor puts on hand sanitizer in the ER at Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas, on July 15, 2020. Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are currently carrying out a number of trials of Covid-19 treatments, including one previously given to President Trump.

UTHealth researchers are studying the efficacy of an antibody treatment from drug maker Eli Lilly as well the first treatment of antibodies the president took, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Since being admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further monitoring on Friday, specialists at the hospital opted to initiate Remdesivir therapy, according to a statement from the official presidential physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley.

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“There’s been a history of using antibody’s to treat infections,” said Dr. Netanya Utay, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UTHealth. “The results that are out so far definitely look promising, but they’re from small trials.”

“We still need to enroll a lot more patients in these studies to really determine how effective they are for decreasing time to symptom resolution and decreasing hospitalizations,” the doctor said according to local news site ABC13.

UTHealth is undertaking several trial studies for antibody therapies and treatments from different drug makers for the coronavirus, including one investigating the use of blood plasma to treat the virus.

The trial being carried out by UTHealth with drugs from Regeneron, the same company behind the experimental drug first given to Trump, is with individuals who have been exposed

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Intellisense Systems Wins Phase II Funding for Fire Weather Observation Sensor from USDA

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This sensor builds on the proven Micro Weather Sensor to include fuel moisture, solar radiation, particulate monitoring, and thermal imaging that will improve firefighting efforts.

Torrance ,CA, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — September 29, 2020 – Torrance, CA – Intellisense Systems, Inc., a leading provider of integrated environmental sensing solutions, won Phase II funding to continue development of the Fire Weather Observation Sensor (FWOS) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FWOS is a stand-alone, unattended, field-deployable sensor for remote measurements of fire weather-related data. These devices will be placed throughout forests and areas prone to wildfire outbreak and transmit data via satellite from anywhere in the world. This development will integrate new sensing capabilities to the proven Micro Weather Sensor (MWS®) platform, including fuel moisture, solar radiation, particulate monitoring, and thermal imaging.

 

In 2020, the Western United States experienced a record-setting number of wildfires, which have displaced millions of residents, burned over 6 million acres, and destroyed nearly 10,000 structures. The FWOS will support fire departments to anticipate fire weather conditions and improve awareness in remote and densely forested regions.

 

“We’re very excited to continue the development of the Fire Weather Observation Sensor,” said David Miller, the Vice President and General Manager of Environmental Monitoring Systems at Intellisense. “New technology that facilitates the detection and management of wildfires is critical. The FWOS falls right in line with our strategic growth plan in applying our MWS system to the fire weather market and aligns with one of our primary goals of providing advanced solutions that ensure the safety and protection of people and property, especially our front-line firefighters.”

 

During Phase I, Intellisense demonstrated the feasibility of adding miniature fuel moisture, particulate, thermal infrared, and solar radiation sensors into the MWS package, and they have already developed a