The collaboration has resulted in a mobile LabPOD to support immediate diagnostic testing, such as that required for COVID-19
G-CON Manufacturing has announced a collaboration with Avantor, a global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the life sciences, advanced technologies and applied materials industries, to offer fully equipped, mobile lab units to fast-track delivery of diagnostic testing.
The mobile LabPOD can support immediate diagnostic testing, such as that required for COVID-19.
The collaboration will help ensure critical at-site testing capability and streamline the diagnostic testing process. Lab operators will have the ability to mobilise their analytical capabilities near collection locations, eliminating lengthy waiting times for results.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that patient access to testing is only one part of the COVID test equation," Maik Jornitz, CEO of G-CON explained. "The other crucial part is testing the sample, and that test has been performed off-site in most cases. With the mobile test lab, we can place the test capabilities at the sampling location and gain speed, which in turn could slow the infection rate, since we will know whether a person tests positive or negative much faster."
"Addressing the need to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is paramount," said Frederic Vanderhaegen, Executive VP of Americas and Europe, at Avantor. "Combining our expertise in scientific workflow processes with G-CON's extensive capabilities in fabricating mobile cleanroom and lab solutions is a natural fit to help reinvent diagnostic testing. We are proud to play a critical role in supporting diagnostic testing, as well as in the drug development phases of research, clinical trials and the production of approved therapies and vaccines. This collaboration is another example of how Avantor sets science in motion to create a better world."
Avantor has provided the overall guidance for the scientific station design within the mobile lab, including technical expertise for processes and configuration, and will outfit the entire lab with equipment and supplies to accurately test samples. Avantor will also provide the products used during diagnostic testing.
In addition to being used for at-site COVID-19 diagnostic testing locations, Mobile Test LabPODs can be used and reconfigured for multipurpose testing capabilities, including microbial and analytical evaluations, as well as training purposes.