Today's Coronavirus News and Resources

SCBIO In Action: Responding to COVID-19

SCBIO continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation as it unfolds globally, and its impact on South Carolina...

We continue to monitor the most up-to-date safety, infection control and health protocols recommended by experts, including the CDC, WHO, SC DHEC and others.  We're keeping our life sciences industry connected and informed with webinars each Friday at 10am, and adding important 3rd party programs as we spot them.  Check out this week's calendar of great programs below.

The life sciences industry is hard at work in South Carolina... so share how you are dealing with the challenges of this global crisis.  Tell us how your organization is "stepping up" to make a special difference in difficult times... and recommend sources to turn to for the latest news and resources.  Now more than ever, America needs South Carolina life sciences... and you.


Making A Difference: SC Life Sciences Respond

               South Carolina organizations are on the front lines developing solutions to the COVID-19 crisis as it unfolds globally...

Abbott of Liberty has launched a molecular point-of-care test that can detect positive COVID-19 infection cases in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.

The test, which will run on Abbott’s ID NOW analyser, was granted FDA Emergency Use Authorization on March 27 together with Luminex’s NxTAG CoV extended panel assay.

In addition to fast results, the portable design of ID NOW -- roughly the size of a small toaster -- means COVID-19 testing can be performed in multiple settings.  The portable molecular test means that healthcare providers can perform point-of-care testing outside of clinics and hospitals in outbreak hotspots.  Abbott is now making ID NOW COVID-19 tests available across the US, with plans to produce about 50,000 ID NOW tests per day. 

SiMT responded to a call from McLeod Health for assistance to sustain critical equipment and supplies, and the engineering team at Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SiMT) in Florence sprung into action.  Located at Florence-Darlington Technical College, SiMT is collaborating with hospitals across South Carolina to use its 3D printing and rapid prototyping capabilities to produce visors that hold face shields to protect doctors, nurses, and staff from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.  The SiMT team is also working on producing face masks and ventilator “splitters”, utilizing every 3D Printer at the college. SiMT’s Advanced Machining, Additive Manufacturing, and Social Media Listening Center are also fully deployed to assist with the coronavirus response effort.

SC Hospital Association Calls for Personal Protection Equipment

With a limited supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) available to healthcare providers in preventing spread of COVID-19, and at risk of being unable to get needed supplies from current manufacturers or the national stockpile, the SC Hospital Association (SCHA) is proactively  pursuing options to support South Carolina providers and hospitals.

If any SC manufacturers already manufacture items that help from an infection control and prevention standpoint, or personal protection equipment, please alert the SCHA team.  If you are able to begin manufacturing such items, please let us know as well.   

Please contact Lara Hewitt of SCHA immediately -- or 803.609.0037.

South Carolina Industry News & Updates

A round-up of late news on the global COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts SC:     [NEW POST]

     Bristol Myers Squibb Expands Patient Support Programs to Help Newly Uninsured   (BMS)

     BlueCross, BlueChoice Waive Cost-Sharing for In-Network COVID-19 Treatment (BCBSSC)

     Virus peak in SC is 3-4 weeks away, experts say (The State)

     Greenwood Mills Switching Production from Denim to Needed Masks   (GSA Business)

     Governor issues Stay-at-Home Order for Palmetto State   (Greenville Online)

     MUSC Students Volunteer to Care for Healthcare Workers' Kids During COVID-19   (MUSC)

     Collaborative Innovation Leads to Refurbishing N95 Masks for COVID-19 Response (SC CEO)

     Milliken Boosting Production of Medical Products Technology  (GSA Business)

     Data predicts South Carolina's peak coronavirus resource use on April 24   (Greenville News)

     Greenville Lab to Supply Free COVID-19 Tests to First Responders   (Greenville CEO)

     Lancaster's DPI Chemicals shifts gears to produce hand sanitizer   (Lancaster News)


Join SCBIO for These Upcoming Webinars

Join SCBIO and special guests for these important upcoming webinars.  All webinars begin at 10 a.m. EST.  unless noted.

To register for these FREE webinars, click the title of each and sign up

April 8:     Preparing for the Economic Impacts of a Pandemic    1PM EST
                         Presented by BDO 

April 10:    Maintaining Cybersecurity in light of the COVID-19    10AM EST
Featuring Delano Collins from Corsica Technologies and Corsica Cybersecurity

April 13:    Southeast Life Sciences Investors:  Is the Faucet Still On?    12PM EST  
Gerry Brunk of Lumira Ventures, Joe Cook III of Mountain Group Ptrs. and Kyparissia Sirinakis of     
                          Epidarex Capital

April 14:    How 3D Printing is Reshaping Health Tech    10AM EST  
Presented by JLABS and Johnson & Johnson

April 15:    Can SBIR funding help my company?   10AM EST  
Presented by SC's Innovation Leaders at 3Phase

April 17:     Hiring and Retaining a Life Sciences Workforce During COVID-19    10AM EST  
                          Featuring SC Life Sciences HR Leaders TBA

April 24:    SC United: Organizations Align Forces in Fight Against COVID-19   10AM EST  
Presented by JLABS and Johnson & Johnson


Webinar Playback - Watch at Your Leisure!

Missed a recent webinar?  That's OK... we have them here for your watching pleasure 24/7.  Enjoy!
(NOTE:  In some instances, you may have to complete a form prior to playing webinar) 


SC Life Sciences On The Front Lines Against COVID-19 
Featuring Lou Kennedy, CEO, Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Dr. Bill Massey, Chief Scientific Officer, Vikor Scientific

   Regulatory Guidance to Business in Response to COVID-19   
    Featuring Medpoint, LLC's Rich Alberti, COO and Reuben Lawson, Regulatory Consultant

 Responding to COVID-19:  An Update from Washington DC
 Featuring Phyllis Arthur, VP of Infectious Disease, BIO and Andrew Fish, Chief Strategy Officer, AdvaMed


BIO Coronavirus Hub Expedites Supplies, Resources to Organizations in Need

BIO's new and FREE Coronavirus Hub is designed to connect companies that have relevant supplies and resources to share with those companies, researchers, or healthcare providers that need them.

The portal is searchable by keywords, and ensures an organized and optimized allocation of items in need. BIO created the Coronavirus Hub to enable industry to post requests and  announce availability, and encourages those with products to share information through the hub. Beyond physical supplies, the Hub provides users the ability to request or share other resources, such as capacities, technologies, or assets that may be useful in COVID-19 response and/or development programs. Sign up now...

Supply Chain Issues? Product Needs or Offerings?

Having supply chain challenges or product needs?  Have questions about regulatory or legal guidance?  Can you provide equipment or products to offer our industry?

SCBIO can connect you to critical resources. Email or call us at 864.397.5101.  We're here for you.

After The Wave: Thoughts on Life Beyond COVID-19

He's president of an academic health sciences center, a cancer surgeon, a scientist, a colleague, a husband and a dad, and not a minute goes by that MUSC's David Cole isn't thinking about the impact of COVID-19... and what needs to come next.  Read his commentary here...

SCBIO Media Corner

Check out this continuously-refreshed mix of videos on how we'll defeat the COVID-19 threat.


Preventing COVID-19 At Home

COVID-19 In The Workplace video

Collaborating to Address the COVID-19 Challenge video

How The Life Sciences Industry Is Addressing COVID-19 

Interactive Coronavirus Map

Johns Hopkins University maintains an interactive map of the global status of the COVID-19 situation.

FDA Policy: Preparing Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers During COVID-19

The FDA has issued  new guidance for entities that currently are not licensed or now registered manufacturers that would like to prepare alcohol-based sanitizers, either for public distribution or for their own internal use during the COVID-19 emergency.  Read full details here.