As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, discovering and distributing a vaccine remains a critical path toward global immunity and an end to the pandemic. To achieve this, the world will need billions of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Corning, a leading provider of a glass vial that can help pharmaceutical companies deliver vaccines safely and efficiently, is ramping up production to fulfill enormous demand for the millions-of-vials commitment to the U.S. Government’s Operation Warp Speed.
These Valor® Glass vials aren’t just an iterative improvement on conventional vials. They are a new category of glass, solving a costly problem the pharmaceutical industry has endured for decades but never knew it could fix.
And it’s the latest example of Corning’s way of weaving together science, manufacturing development, and longstanding connections to various industries to produce world-changing new market categories over and over. In other words, it’s a manifestation of the company’s strategic framework, which encompasses three core technologies, four manufacturing platforms and five market-access platforms. The strategy’s purpose is to develop entirely new market categories, which can drive the company’s growth. The same basic strategic concept is why Corning has consistently developed world-changing products such as optical fiber, flat-panel TV glass and Corning® Gorilla® Glass, which covers millions of mobile consumer electronic devices.
The three core technologies are the focus of the work of Corning’s scientists. The company spends nearly $1 billion a year on research in glass science, ceramic science and optical physics. That work, and more than 160 years of experience, allows the company to have confidence that it is a world leader in knowledge about glass.
Similarly, investment in four manufacturing technology platforms – called vapor deposition, fusion, precision forming and extrusion – means Corning can know that if it develops an innovative new glass product, the company can make it at scale.
The work inside the labs and in manufacturing allows Corning to listen for glass-related problems and customer input, confident that the company can come up with and deliver a solution. The path to Valor Glass began just that way.