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Expanding America’s testing supply & infrastructure

Stop the Spread helps increase America’s testing capabilities by facilitating funding to scale production and matching lab facilities with manufacturers. We also work with research, medical, and public institutions to form connections that advance and support new treatment and tracing efforts.

Expanding

America’s testing supply & infrastructure

Stop the Spread helps increase America’s testing capabilities by facilitating funding to scale production and matching lab facilities with manufacturers. We also work with research, medical, and public institutions to form connections that advance and support new treatment and tracing efforts.

Testing: a critical need

Widespread molecular and antibody testing is needed to better understand the way that COVID-19 spreads and to reopen the economy. Molecular tests provide real-time information on who is infected, and antibody tests provide information for individuals on whether they are or may become immune. Molecular testing needs to increase by at least 10X in the USA to properly detect symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Antibody testing helps assess asymptomatic rates and identifies donors for plasma therapy treatment.

CASE STUDIES

Here are select opportunities that Stop the Spread helped connect and catalyze:

Tasso: Home Testing for the 
American Public

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Tasso, a startup that offers a novel at-home blood collection device, realized they had an opportunity to help. They rapidly established a network of labs to conduct serology testing for hospital staff, yet demand for their devices quickly outpaced supply. Stop the Spread is working with Tasso to facilitate philanthropic funding to help finance a new production line and onboard contract manufacturers, with a goal of increasing supply of these at-home blood collection devices.

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Form Labs & Northwell Health: 3D Printing & Sterilizing Sample Collection Swabs at Scale

Formlabs, a 3D printing manufacturer, recognized they could leverage their technology to help address the nationwide shortage of sample collection swabs required for COVID-19 testing. Working with Northwell Health and USF Health researchers, Formlabs developed a 3D printed swab, yet lacked the capabilities to sterilize the swabs for distribution to other hospitals. Stop the Spread is introducing Formlabs to contract manufacturers with sterilization capabilities to help form a new connection that addresses their needs.

Columbia University: Scaling Precise Viral Load Testing

Precise viral load testing allows for measurement of the levels of the virus and the stage of the illness. These measurements are critical for clinical tests of COVID-19 treatments like plasma therapy. Columbia University is currently producing 200 tests per day for Johns Hopkins University to conduct clinical tests, but require additional funding to scale. Stop the Spread is working to facilitate philanthropic funding to support the rapid scaling of these tests.

I Can Help:

Resources for Testing

Testing Prioritization

How should testing resources be allocated to best target priority groups?

Testing & Reopening Our Economy

How testing strategies support the reopening of our economy

Preparing for a "Return to Work"

How should employers prepare for the "Return to Work"?

Future State of Testing

What should the future of testing look like?

A Call for Community-Based Testing

How do we increase access to testing in underserved communities?

Testing Overview

Overview of antibody and molecular testing

Types of Tests

Overview of primary tests within molecular and antibody testing

Testing Providers

Overview of primary manufacturers of antibody and molecular tests

Molecular Testing Bottlenecks

Detailed information about bottlenecks in molecular testing

Antibody Testing Bottlenecks

Detailed information about bottlenecks in antibody testing

Contact Tracing

Existing models and best practices for contract tracing

Full Factbase

Overview of information related to COVID-19 Testing

External Resources

Molecular testing capacity of large labs

Daily molecular tests performed by American Clinical Laboratory Assoc. members

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John Hopkins Global COVID-19 Cases Dashboard

Up-to-date U.S. and Global COVID-19 cases

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COVID Tracking Project: US Testing Volumes

Up-to-date current testing levels in the U.S.

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FDA Emergency Use Authorizations

EUA approvals across Medical Devices (Testing, Ventilator, and PPE)

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Topic Papers

A Call for Community-Based Testing

How do we increase access to testing in underserved communities?

Future State of Testing

What should the future of testing look like?

Preparing for a "Return to Work"

How should employers prepare for the "Return to Work"?

Testing & Reopening Our Economy

How testing strategies support the reopening of our economy

Testing Prioritization

How should testing resources be allocated to best target priority groups?