COVID-19

Innovating the Research and Therapeutic Response to COVID-19 Webinar

Drs. Bernie Fox and Peter Barr-Gillespie presented the emerging horizons of novel coronavirus research live on April 30th as part of Oregon Bio’s Coffee Talk webinar series.

Participation currently open for two (2) COVID-19 surveys:

  • Supply and Equipment Capabilities: check in here if your company is currently or able to retool to supply personal protection equipment, testing supplies, treatment equipment and/or parts, etc.
  • Scientific Resource Exchange: Bioscience / Medical Tech / Diagnostic / Digital Health companies check in here if your company (1) is producing or developing testing kits, vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics; (2) needs to connect (collaborate, share resources) with companies doing this work.

Oregon Bio Community Resources

Aicon Biotech (Beaverton, OR) is producing testing kits and capable of diagnostic assay development.  Contact Cherry at cherrylai322@aiconbiotech.com.

BSI Group (Hillsboro, OR) – For COVID 19 response support, BSI Consultants are providing onsite respiratory protection fit-testing services to healthcare clients at hospitals, medical clinics and for county departments such as health services, probation, and fire who are working as ‘disaster service workers’ and providing essential services.   BSI will perform fit-tests for N95 respirators per OSHA requirements. Qualitative fit tests use Bitrex and saccharin solutions made by 3M or Allegro Industries. We also conduct quantitative fit-testing using a TSI Portacount for tight fitting respirators.  Contact David at david.meyer@bsigroup.com.

Grace Bio-Labs (Bend, OR) can supply a range of proteomics and genomic tools in the areas of reagents, microarrays, cellular and tissue microscopy and imaging tools and various microcluidic/chambering devices; testing kits, diagnostic assay development and 3D printing.  Contact Lisa at lhale@gracebio.com and/or Dan at dschwartz@gracebio.com.

Immunology Consultants Laboratory (Tigardhusky, OR) antibodies and ELISA kit development.  Contact John at jleslie@icllab.com.

LMT, LLC (Portland, OR) A medical device developer with in-house prototyping capabilities including design and reverse engineering expertise, additive and subtractive production capabilities should a backfill become needed.  LMT has rapid development capabilities; this could be makeshift ventilators, valves or other items in short order.  Contact Graham at g@lmtech.io.

Oasis Diagnostics Corporation (Vancouver, WA) is providing 1) real Time PCR Kits for COVID-19 2) specimen collection devices for saliva samples for COVID-19 Testing 3) sourcing swab products for specimen collection 4) actively searching for funding to develop a saliva, point-of-care screening test for COVID-19.  Validation work is going on in the Portland / Vancouver area which will provide results for a possible home collection system for COVID-19 in the next week. The testing is being performed by a collaborative partner.  Contact Paul at pds@4saliva.com.

Phoseon Technology (Hillsboro, OR) makes UV decontamination & disinfection instruments for lab surfaces & equipment; the instruments are capable of inactivation of RNase, viruses, bacteria, and fungus.  Phoseon is working on testing decontaminating N95 masks for re-use.  Contact Jay at jay.pasquantonio@phoseon.com.

Simplexity Product Development (Vancouver, WA) is engineering design services, ISO-13485 approved designer for medical devices and diagnostic instruments.  Simplexity can design and build prototypes and short-batch manufacturing runs. They are not a manufacturer, but can use their network of suppliers to build equipment and instruments.  Contact Dorota at info@simplexitypd.com.

SJR Associates (Eugene, OR) has experience with IVD submissions and can easily translate that to Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) applications for new assays.  Contact Sheila at sheila@sjrassoc.com.

Various Organizations have capacity to provide lab space, production/distribution services, lab supplies, some reagents (not necessarily specific to COVID-19), CO2 incubators, etc.  Contact Julie at julie@oregonbio.org.

Oregon Bio Community Needs

Various industry companies are having challenges finding (1) bleach (2) masks N95 (3) gloves (4) lab partners who can serve our clinicians and patients with their testing services (5) need swabs for testing (nasal and/or throat).  If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Julie at julie@oregonbio.org.

Business Resources

FEMA Procurement: Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) procurement teams provide guidance on how local companies can sell to FEMA for the COVID-19 response. More details can be found here.

OMEP announces potential COVID-19 related funding available to manufacturers Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), through its membership in Manufacturing USA Institutes (MUSA) ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing), can provide funding to manufacturers who are responding to COVID-19.  More details can be found here.

SBIR/STTR Funding: The NSF Division of Innovation and Industrial Partnership (IIP) has put out a call for SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals addressing COVID-19.  Areas of research that might be considered include, but are not limited to: artificial intelligence, digital health, diagnostics, distributed ledger, environmental technologies, medical devices, pharmaceutical technologies, disinfection and sterilization, and filtration and separations. Only companies may apply.  Details can be found here.

Top 11 tips for managing and mitigating small business impact: Oregon Bio has researched some helpful resources and asked a few experts about short-term support to help small businesses mitigate and manage through this worldwide pandemic. Check out our top 11 tips.

Financial Support: The Commerce Bank of Oregon encourages small and middle market businesses to reach out to their financial partners for assistance during these times. Some companies may need additional financial support to maintain their position, some may see unexpected demands due to a specialized position in the market. Seeking advice from more than one source may be a good idea. For consult/questions, contact Richard at richard.glassman@tcboregon.com.

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