FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clinical Enterprise, Inc., a Eurofins Scientific Company, today announced it has launched a new partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA) to support Operation Expanded Testing Program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense. Operation Expanded Testing provides fully federally funded COVID-19 PCR testing to K-12 public and private schools, Historically Black Colleges & Universities, daycare centers, community organizations, congregate settings, correctional facilities, and underserved communities. The program helps to equip these organizations with testing guidance and resources, promoting equity in COVID-19 testing and mitigation.
Clinical Enterprise and the Eurofins U.S. Clinical Diagnostics team are excited to partner with Ginkgo Bioworks to provide these organizations a fast and reliable solution to help detect asymptomatic infections in order to reduce transmission, prevent outbreaks, and protect vulnerable populations. Throughout the pandemic, Ginkgo Bioworks has supported widespread surveillance testing through its biosecurity and public health effort, Concentric by Ginkgo. Concentric currently provides an integrated COVID-19 testing platform for over 220,000 individuals per week through its programs in K-12 schools, correctional facilities, and airports. Concentric’s involvement will help the organizations already participating in the program to implement testing and will provide the opportunity to expand testing to more sites and organizations.
“Through this collaboration with the incredible team at Eurofins, we can empower community leaders with critical information while helping to keep kids in class and COVID-19 out,” said Matthew McKnight, Ginkgo’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We believe the biosecurity tools provided through this program will support public health across the country.”
To date, Clinical Enterprise has enrolled schools and organizations in 26 states in the northeast and south regions, as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
To learn more, please visit www.OperationExpandedTesting.com.
This project has been funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Government under Agreement No. W52P1J-21-9-200. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.
About Eurofins – the global leader in bio-analysis
Eurofins is Testing for Life. Eurofins companies are global leaders in food, environment, and pharmaceutical product testing. They are also market leaders in testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and have a rapidly developing presence in highly specialized and molecular clinical diagnostic testing.
With over 50,000 staff across a network of more than 800 laboratories in over 50 countries, Eurofins’ companies offer a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods.
Eurofins shares are listed on Euronext Paris Stock Exchange.
Ginkgo is building a platform to enable customers to program cells as easily as we can program computers. The company's platform is enabling biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals to pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo has also actively supported a number of COVID-19 response efforts, including K-12 pooled testing, vaccine manufacturing optimization, and therapeutics discovery. For more information, visit www.ginkgobioworks.com.
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