We are researchers at MRIGlobal developing testing methods ＆ biosafety procedures for COVID-19 ＆ will test the efficacy of the vaccine. AUA!
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MRIGlobal conducts applied scientific and engineering research impacting the health and safety of millions of people each year. Since our founding in 1944, we have earned a reputation for expertise in infectious disease, supporting our clients to predict, prevent, and control outbreaks such as Ebola and other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS.
Today, we are fighting against COVID-19 (AKA SARS-CoV-2 corona virus). We help our commercial and government stakeholders in three areas:
1) Evaluate the efficacy and safety of vaccines and therapeutics and develop diagnostic assays to detect COVID-19 in patients and in the environment.
2) Develop and share biosafety procedures and offer subject matter expertise and training to partner organizations working with SARS-CoV-2 corona virus and COVID-19 and
3) Develop and deploy flyable infectious disease biocontainment systems and mobile diagnostic laboratories that can be fielded wherever needed.
We are working with industry partners to provide cutting-edge solutions for COVID-19 in the USA and globally. Initially, our focus is developing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) assays, followed by further testing to obtain FDA clearance for the diagnostic assays. In addition, we will evaluate the efficacy and safety of vaccines and therapeutics, including efforts to discover new antiviral candidates. Simultaneously, we are ramping up teams to support human clinical trials of medical countermeasures that are now under development. With our infectious disease expertise, we are positioned to study the virus and its transmission. As leaders in biosafety with pandemic preparedness expertise, we are sharing our knowledge with the community and businesses.
Our work makes a difference in the health outcomes of people around the globe facing the challenges of infectious disease. MRIGlobal’s subject matter experts have unsurpassed research and technical expertise. That level of scientific excellence is what every client deserves and demands. But we provide so much more: a personal relationship with our scientists who partner with our clients to find customized solutions to their specific challenges.
MRIGlobal experts responding to your questions today include:
Gene G. Olinger, Ph.D., MBA, Principal advisor Doctorate degree in microbiology and immunology with an emphasis in virology. His greatest expertise lie in area of working in BSL 1-4 biocontainment laboratories to include select agents and serving on various global health committees.
Lolly Gardiner MBA, RBP, SM (NCRM), RBP Program Manager, BS&S Global Bio Engagement Specialties
· Biological Safety and Security
· Laboratory Start-up
· Program Management
· Staff Training and Development
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More About MRIGlobal: Throughout its history, MRIGlobal’s work has had a major impact on health and safety around the world. MRIGlobal scientists and engineers revolutionized soap, studied the effect of urban smog, and designed space suits for NASA’s astronauts. We spearheaded global health initiatives to help people with Ebola, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and HIV. Our work with the federal government keeps our soldiers safer and better equipped for the dangers they face. Since 1977, MRIGlobal has managed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the world’s premier laboratory for R&D in solar, wind, biomass, and energy systems integration. Within the Department of Energy, NREL leads all national labs in finding innovative ways for government to work with industry.
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