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Seattle-tested coronavirus vaccine shows promising progress; Fauci calls it ‘good news’

A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Massachusetts-based Moderna is ready for more tests after showing a promising immune system response in early-stage trials. The National Institute of Health said that the vaccine “was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National...

Washington state extends re-opening pause amid rising coronavirus cases

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaking at a 2019 event in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that his pause on re-opening the state will be extended through July 28 due to rising COVID-19 cases. Counties throughout Washington state will not be allowed to move into the next phase of re-opening until...

Adaptive Biotechnologies will sell 8M shares to accelerate drug development

Adaptive Biotechnologies announced Tuesday that it will sell 8 million shares of its common stock to help accelerate the company’s work. The money will go toward investments in its TCR-Antigen Map activities, marketing activities associated with immunoSEQ Dx clinical products and services, and continued R&D for drug discovery initiatives. The Seattle...

Trump admin revokes rule requiring international students to take in-person classes to stay in the country

(BigStock Photo). The Trump administration is walking back a controversial rule that would not allow international students to remain the country if their universities plan to hold all classes online. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced it will rescind the rule Tuesday in a court filing in response to a case brought by Harvard and MIT....

Amazon plans 20 healthcare clinics across U.S. for warehouse employees and their families

Amazon is establishing health clinics for warehouse employees around the country. (Amazon Photo) Amazon plans to establish healthcare facilities for its warehouse workers and their families across the country. The company unveiled the plan Tuesday, starting with a clinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Amazon expects to build 20 health centers across...

WFH ‘pioneer’ Auth0 shares advice for managing a remote workforce and returning to the office safely

Auth0’s “Back to Office Guidelines” handbook includes guidance on social distancing in the lobby. (Auth0 Image) Remote work was the norm at Auth0 long before the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies into work-from-home mandates. Salesforce Ventures leads $120M round for Seattle-area identity security startup Auth0 More than half of Auth0’s 650-person...

Salesforce Ventures leads $120M round in Auth0 as pandemic fuels Seattle-area startup’s identity tech

Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace speaks at the GeekWire Summit last year. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) Auth0 is raising another big swath of cash as demand for its identity authentication software rises amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seattle-area startup just raised a $120 million Series F round led by Salesforce Ventures that increases its valuation to $1.9...

Photos: LEGO and Nintendo officially show off brick-built NES and retro TV that will sell for $229

The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System is a brick-built take on the classic video game console, complete with tiny TV. (LEGO Photo) A day after leaked images and a short teaser video hinted at a unique expansion of their partnership, LEGO Group and Nintendo have released official word of a new LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System. Intended to allow...

Former Spaceflight CEO and French entrepreneur join forces to launch astronaut training startup

Orbite’s management team includes co-founder Nicolas Gaume, chief financial officer Sophie Stabile and co-founder Jason Andrews. (Orbite Photo) If the 2010s were the decade when small satellites revolutionized the space industry, the 2020s will be when commercial space odysseys finally go mainstream. At least that’s the gamble that Jason Andrews,...

Benaroya Research Institute awarded $5.8M from NIH for immunology-related COVID research

Dr. Jane Buckner, left, Benaroya Research Institute president and BRI researcher Steven Zielger are among the BRI scientists receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health to pursue immune response-related COVID-19 projects. (Benaroya Research Institute Photo) As part of the scientific community trying to understand the varied and curious...

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