FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clinical Enterprise, Inc., a member of the Eurofins Clinical Diagnostic group of companies, today announced that it is extending its partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA) to continue supporting the Operation Expanded Testing program with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Defense. The partnership will continue until December 31, 2022.
Operation Expanded Testing provides fully federally funded COVID-19 testing to K-12 schools, Historically Black Colleges & Universities, early childhood learning centers, and other congregate settings like correctional facilities, long-term care communities and homeless shelters. By serving vulnerable populations and under-resourced communities, the program aims to promote equity in COVID-19 testing and mitigation. Through this extended partnership, Operation Expanded Testing will continue serving over 1,800 different organizations across the Northeast and South regions of the United States.
Clinical Enterprise has worked with Ginkgo Bioworks through its biosecurity and public health initiative, Concentric by Ginkgo, to provide testing services that can help detect asymptomatic infections to reduce transmission, prevent outbreaks, and protect vulnerable populations.
“Through this ongoing partnership with Clinical Enterprise, we’ve been able to equip community leaders with tools they can use to generate the information they need to protect the most vulnerable members of their communities,” said Matt McKnight, General Manager for Biosecurity at Ginkgo Bioworks. “We are proud to be building a testing and monitoring platform to empower local communities to make timely and targeted interventions to defend against infection.”
To date, Clinical Enterprise has enrolled under the Other Transaction agreement (OTA) schools and organizations in 26 states in the Northeast and South regions, as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the 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 Other Transaction 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 is the global leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetic product testing, and in discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and agroscience Contract Research services. Eurofins is also a market leader in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, and in the support of clinical studies, as well as in BioPharma Contract Development and Manufacturing. The Group also has a rapidly developing presence in highly specialized and molecular clinical diagnostic testing and in-vitro diagnostic products.
With over 61,000 staff across a network of 940 laboratories in 59 countries, Eurofins’ companies offer a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods.
Eurofins Shares are listed on Euronext Paris Stock Exchange.
Clinical Enterprise, Inc., is a member of the Eurofins Clinical Diagnostic group of companies.
About Ginkgo Bioworks
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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