UTAH BUSINESS:

Utah’s Biotech Companies Changed the Course of the Pandemic

By: Elainna Ciaramella
October 21, 2020

Utah is home to more than 40 companies directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by way of diagnostic test manufacturing, serological test manufacturing, personal protective equipment (PPE), therapeutics, and other laboratories that are conducting various types of testing.

Wade Stevenson, VP of North American clinical marketing at BioFire Diagnostics, one of the life science leaders in Utah, says an important part of the story is that the current demand for BioFire’s testing product far exceeds the supply. While the company has been doing everything humanly possible to ramp up manufacturing and better meet demand, they’re still behind.

Currently, BioFire has over 300 roles they’re looking to fill in response to this demand, especially in manufacturing. “We are not meeting all the demand that we have–it’s been overwhelming. A big part of our response is hiring, hiring, hiring,” Stevenson says.

UTAH BUSINESS:

Utah’s Biotech Companies Changed the Course of the Pandemic

By: Elainna Ciaramella
October 21, 2020

Utah is home to more than 40 companies directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by way of diagnostic test manufacturing, serological test manufacturing, personal protective equipment (PPE), therapeutics, and other laboratories that are conducting various types of testing.

Wade Stevenson, VP of North American clinical marketing at BioFire Diagnostics, one of the life science leaders in Utah, says an important part of the story is that the current demand for BioFire’s testing product far exceeds the supply. While the company has been doing everything humanly possible to ramp up manufacturing and better meet demand, they’re still behind.

Currently, BioFire has over 300 roles they’re looking to fill in response to this demand, especially in manufacturing. “We are not meeting all the demand that we have–it’s been overwhelming. A big part of our response is hiring, hiring, hiring,” Stevenson says.

The Race for More Testing

Headquartered in Draper, the Spectrum campus includes Spectrum Solutions and its medical device and services division, Spectrum DNA. Before Spectrum, testing methods for the coronavirus required individuals to endure an invasive and uncomfortable swabbing of the throat and nasal cavity to gather a specimen.

“The prospect of weekly, and in many settings, daily testing, brought sharp opposition, not to mention increased risk of exposure for healthcare professionals and shortages of testing supplies,” says Bill Phillips, chief operating officer at Spectrum Solutions.

Pioneering an altogether new, pain-free alternative, Spectrum secured the first FDA EUA authorization for the use of saliva collected with their SNDA-1000 saliva collection device. “This incredible innovation additionally delivered the first FDA EUA authorization for at-home biosample collection and provides 100 percent in-device viral inactivation.”

The SDNA-1000 saliva collection device creates the most robust and safest biomaterial collection approach for the detection of COVID infections and leads the way to a new era of at-home biosample self-collection for the diagnosis of many viral infections, mitigating any risk of infection throughout the testing process, delivering over a 90 percent reduction in PPE usage compared to swabbing, saving both time and money.

Spectrum Solutions Manufactures FDA EUA Authorized SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Kit for Coronavirus Diagnostic Testing

Spectrum Solutions Manufactures Only FDA Authorized Saliva Collection Device for COVID-19 Testing Integration | Draper, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

The Race for More Testing

Headquartered in Draper, the Spectrum campus includes Spectrum Solutions and its medical device and services division, Spectrum DNA. Before Spectrum, testing methods for the coronavirus required individuals to endure an invasive and uncomfortable swabbing of the throat and nasal cavity to gather a specimen.

“The prospect of weekly, and in many settings, daily testing, brought sharp opposition, not to mention increased risk of exposure for healthcare professionals and shortages of testing supplies,” says Bill Phillips, chief operating officer at Spectrum Solutions.

Pioneering an altogether new, pain-free alternative, Spectrum secured the first FDA EUA authorization for the use of saliva collected with their SNDA-1000 saliva collection device. “This incredible innovation additionally delivered the first FDA EUA authorization for at-home biosample collection and provides 100 percent in-device viral inactivation.”

The SDNA-1000 saliva collection device creates the most robust and safest biomaterial collection approach for the detection of COVID infections and leads the way to a new era of at-home biosample self-collection for the diagnosis of many viral infections, mitigating any risk of infection throughout the testing process, delivering over a 90 percent reduction in PPE usage compared to swabbing, saving both time and money.

Spectrum Solutions Manufactures FDA EUA Authorized SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Kit for Coronavirus Diagnostic Testing

Spectrum Solutions Manufactures Only FDA Authorized Saliva Collection Device for COVID-19 Testing Integration | Draper, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Utah Hustle

In addition to testing, Nelson Labs, LLC, located in Taylorsville, is one of a handful of laboratories authorized to certify masks and personal protective equipment.

According to company president, Jeffery R. Nelson, Nelson Labs tests virtually everything that can be found in the healthcare setting that could go in someone, on them, or around them to ensure it’s safe for healthcare providers and patients alike. The company helps ensure devices are biocompatible, clean or sterile, have safe packaging, and when needed, can be cleaned or reused. They also test face masks, respirators, and other protective equipment to make sure they function safely and adhere to industry standards.

Like BioFire, Nelson Labs’ high demand for personal protective equipment has been outpacing what could be manufactured in the short run, Nelson explains. And shortages of PPE have left hospitals and healthcare facilities with few options but to reuse equipment that was never intended to be reused.

Nelson Labs, along with its sister companies, Sterigenics, and Nordion, joined with industry leaders and government agencies to find ways for decontamination and sterilization of single-use PPE so it could be reused. As a result of the collaboration, Nelson Labs created a test plan that gives innovators trying to reprocess their PPE a way to validate their reprocessing solutions.

“This potentially allows many face masks, which were previously single-use, to be reprocessed and reused, increasing the total number of protective masks available to end-users,” Nelson says.

Kelvyn Cullimore, CEO of BioUtah also mentions that Utah companies like Sports Medicine Research and Testing Lab performs COVID testing for professional sports programs, including the National Football League, and the Major League Baseball, and Professional Golf Associations.

“When we think about the many challenges around the world created by this pandemic, we are honored to be playing an important role in supporting our customers in this fight against the coronavirus with the ongoing validation of PPE and other critical healthcare supplies,” says Cullimore.

Read the full article online at Utah Business

Utah Hustle

In addition to testing, Nelson Labs, LLC, located in Taylorsville, is one of a handful of laboratories authorized to certify masks and personal protective equipment.

According to company president, Jeffery R. Nelson, Nelson Labs tests virtually everything that can be found in the healthcare setting that could go in someone, on them, or around them to ensure it’s safe for healthcare providers and patients alike. The company helps ensure devices are biocompatible, clean or sterile, have safe packaging, and when needed, can be cleaned or reused. They also test face masks, respirators, and other protective equipment to make sure they function safely and adhere to industry standards.

Like BioFire, Nelson Labs’ high demand for personal protective equipment has been outpacing what could be manufactured in the short run, Nelson explains. And shortages of PPE have left hospitals and healthcare facilities with few options but to reuse equipment that was never intended to be reused.

Nelson Labs, along with its sister companies, Sterigenics, and Nordion, joined with industry leaders and government agencies to find ways for decontamination and sterilization of single-use PPE so it could be reused. As a result of the collaboration, Nelson Labs created a test plan that gives innovators trying to reprocess their PPE a way to validate their reprocessing solutions.

“This potentially allows many face masks, which were previously single-use, to be reprocessed and reused, increasing the total number of protective masks available to end-users,” Nelson says.

Kelvyn Cullimore, CEO of BioUtah also mentions that Utah companies like Sports Medicine Research and Testing Lab performs COVID testing for professional sports programs, including the National Football League, and the Major League Baseball, and Professional Golf Associations.

“When we think about the many challenges around the world created by this pandemic, we are honored to be playing an important role in supporting our customers in this fight against the coronavirus with the ongoing validation of PPE and other critical healthcare supplies,” says Cullimore.

Read the full article online at Utah Business

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Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Spectrum Solutions and its medical device and services division, Spectrum DNA, focus their concentrated industry expertise on engineering innovative end-to-end solutions for both clinical diagnostic projects and commercial product plans. A single-source provider of on-site medical device development and manufacturing, custom packaging, kitting, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Its biosample collection devices, patented technologies, and dedicated services deliver measurable process optimization, unprecedented efficiency, and unmatched global scalability.

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ABOUT SPECTRUM SOLUTIONS AND SPECTRUM DNA

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Spectrum Solutions and its medical device and services division, Spectrum DNA, focus their concentrated industry expertise on engineering innovative end-to-end solutions for both clinical diagnostic projects and commercial product plans. A single-source provider of on-site medical device development and manufacturing, custom packaging, kitting, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Its biosample collection devices, patented technologies, and dedicated services deliver measurable process optimization, unprecedented efficiency, and unmatched global scalability.

#partoftheSolution

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Leslie Titus Bryant
Director of Marketing & Brand
admin@spectrumsolution.com

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Innovative Engineering

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Spectrum Solutions has manufactured over 20 million Saliva Collection devices for distribution worldwide. Spectrum’s technically superior  SDNA-1000 saliva collection device was engineered to lead the saliva collection industry in molecular diagnostics and clinical research applications delivering the safest and most robust biomaterial collection approach for the detection and diagnosis of disease or viral infection.

  • First saliva collection device to receive EUA authorization for COVID-19 testing
  • First saliva collection device FDA authorized for at-home sample collection
  • Only pain-free biosample collection option for COVID-19 testing
  • Engineered to reduce self-collection error
  • Delivers consistent high-quality, high-yield biosamples
  • 100% inactivation of the live virus
  • 100% bacteriostatic
  • Delivers over a 90% reduction in PPE usage compared to current swab collections for COVID-19 testing
  • Single device preserves both DNA and fragile viral RNA transcripts
  • Device stabilizes and extends biosample viability post-collection over 10 days with no degradation of sample efficacy extending shipping and transport options
  • Saliva collection system mitigates any risk of infection throughout the testing process
  • Pinpoint life-cycle stage of active viral infection
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Spectrum-SDNA-1000-Saliva-Collection-Proud Partner of MLB2

About the Product

Innovative Engineering

Spectrum Solutions has manufactured over 20 million Saliva Collection devices for distribution worldwide. Spectrum’s technically superior  SDNA-1000 saliva collection device was engineered to lead the saliva collection industry in molecular diagnostics and clinical research applications delivering the safest and most robust biomaterial collection approach for the detection and diagnosis of disease or viral infection.

  • First saliva collection device to receive EUA authorization for COVID-19 testing
  • First saliva collection device FDA authorized for at-home sample collection
  • Only pain-free biosample collection option for COVID-19 testing
  • Engineered to reduce self-collection error
  • Delivers consistent high-quality, high-yield biosamples
  • 100% inactivation of the live virus
  • 100% bacteriostatic
  • Delivers over a 90% reduction in PPE usage compared to current swab collections for COVID-19 testing
  • Single device preserves both DNA and fragile viral RNA transcripts
  • Device stabilizes and extends biosample viability post-collection over 10 days with no degradation of sample efficacy extending shipping and transport options
  • Saliva collection system mitigates any risk of infection throughout the testing process
  • Pinpoint life-cycle stage of active viral infection
Questions? Let’s Connect