We want to thank medical staff, researchers, and everyone on the front lines of this pandemic for their hard work and contributions to their community.
SCIREQ is maintaining a core production team, prioritizing Covid-19 related projects, to ensure researchers have access to essential equipment as soon as possible. Check out the team getting the first flexiVent for Covid-19 research ready for shipment!
While the current news concerning Covid-19 can be alarming, there are many companies and organizations doing their part to help the crisis.
Dr. Adam Bailey and his lab are one of the many researchers in the fight against Covid-19. They are using the flexiVent in a BSL-3 laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), one of the largest infectious disease research centers, to study a mouse model of severe SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Check out Dr. Bailey and his team working with the flexiVent to study the pathophysiology of Covid-19 in mouse models!
SCIREQs very own Sarah Dort and Dr. Annette Robichaud collaborated closely with Dr. Bailey and his group. The groups work shows that humanized mice from The Jackson Laboratory exhibit symptoms that closely match clinical manifestations of the severe form of COVID-19. Read the publication here!
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Moderna Announces FDA Authorization of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in U.S. On December 18th, 2020, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.
Pfizer and BioNTech achieve first authorization in the world for a COVID-19 vaccine marking a historic moment in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.
Vermont team invents emergency ventilator: A team of scientists, engineers and doctors at the University of Vermont, which includes Jason Bates, one of the founders of SCIREQ and an expert on lung mechanics and systems modelling, has developed a new design—and built a working model—for a simple, inexpensive ventilator. They affectionately called the device “the Vermontilator”.
NIAID has issued an urgent award mechanism for researchers who can contribute to the COVID19 crisis. For the first time ever, NIAID and the National institute of general medical sciences (NIGMS) is using the NIH Urgent Award Mechanism in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Doctors and engineers from University College London teamed up with Mercedes F1 engineers to develop a Cpap device in less than 100 hours. The device has been approved by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. This device will help save lives by ensuring that ventilators are only used for the critically ill.
Code Life Ventilator Challenge: This initiative organized by the Research Institute of McGill University Health Center and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation challenges teams to design a low cost, easy-to-use and easy-to-build ventilator that can serve Covid-19 patients world wide.
Medtronic is making the full design specifications, manuals, design documents, and software code for their PB 560 portable ventilator available to anyone to help spin up production.