Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced it has received a $15 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in coordination with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the domestic production of robotic pipette tips used in support of diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
This investment will allow Corning Life Sciences to add incremental domestic production capacity. Robotic tips help automate liquid handling and are used in drug discovery and screening, cell culture, and PCR testing applications, most notably in support of COVID-19 diagnostic testing.
Ron Verkleeren, senior vice president and general manager, Life Science Technologies, said, “The surge in global demand for COVID-19 testing has revealed an industry-wide shortage of robotic tips and other integral products. Corning is pleased to again answer the call, as we mobilize our capabilities to combat the virus. We’re proud to support the U.S. government in its effort to expand domestic manufacturing of diagnostic products and to help establish a robust supply chain for the future.”
This development is the latest example of Corning’s ongoing role in the pandemic response. Under a separate agreement with the U.S. government announced earlier this year, Corning is substantially expanding its domestic manufacturing capacity of Corning Valor® Glass vials to help support the vaccination and treatment of millions of patients.
Funded by the Health Care Enhancement Act, the new award was led by the DoD's Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) Cell in coordination with the Department of the Air Force's Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT) to support domestic industrial base expansion for critical medical resources.
Corning has been a trusted supplier to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries since introducing PYREX® glass in 1915. Today, Corning is a leader in life sciences laboratory products, cell culture solutions, bioprocess vessels, and specialty surfaces. The company is also helping to provide more reliable access to medicine with its revolutionary new glass packaging for drug storage and delivery.
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