Join the Cambridge companies supporting local and national effort to fight Covid-19
There are many ways to help the local and national effort to fight Covid-19 - and Cambridge companies have been quick off the mark.
Owlstone Medical has donated two packages of supplies to support Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
The company, which is developing a breathalyser for disease detection, gave key lab supplies such as masks and lab coats.
Fellow Cambridge Science Park company Johnson Matthey and Wright Design, the product design and development consultancy based in Wellington Court, Cambridge, have also donated vital personal protective equipment.
The University of Cambridge is co-ordinating local efforts to tackle Covid-19, including establishing research collaborations, dealing with donations of equipment for frontline NHS staff, and supporting the government’s drive to manufacture more ventilators.
Areas of focus for research include clinical trials, critical care, diagnostics, immunology, infectious diseases, public health, respiratory medicine, vaccines, virology, business risk, data science and modelling, engineering and manufacturing.
Visit https://www.cam.ac.uk/business-and-enterprise/help-us-tackle-covid-19 to find out more and for a link to a form where companies can offer their support.
Meanwhile, the Cambridge-Norwich Tech Corridor has compiled a list of ways technology companies can help - visit techcorridor.co.uk. Among the ways to get involved are:
- Applying for government funding of up to £25,000 to test solutions for innovations that support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during the crisis - visit techforce19.uk for details of the NHSX scheme.
- Helping to gather transport data to assess the success of social distancing measures - contact @Karla_Jakeman on Twitter.
- Assisting the University of East Anglia in creating 3D printed ventilators - visit https://www.meetup.com/syncnorwich/messages/boards/thread/52740368
You can offer your company’s support to the government at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business.
The support required includes
- medical testing equipment
- medical equipment design
- protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
- hotel rooms
- transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
- manufacturing equipment
- warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
- expertise or support on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement, engineering or communications
- social care or childcare.
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