DoD funds swab device in COVID-19 tube
The United States Department of Defense (DoD), in coordination with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $ 14.7 million contract to the SteriPack Group based in Lakeland, Fla., To increase domestic production of a self-collection device used in COVID-19 testing.
The swab product in the tube, called XpressCollect, incorporates a dry transport bottle with a polyester swab spun from the anterior nostrils (lower nasal) for sample collection. The do-it-yourself design increases consumer accessibility to sample collection and significantly reduces laboratory costs for testing.
SteriPack plans to establish a new domestic production capacity of over 22 million XpressCollect units per month. The company will manufacture and package the device at its Lakeland plant using an automated production line, which is expected to be at full capacity by February 2022. The packaging for XpressCollect is a sachet / blister pack that maintains a sterile barrier and provides tamper proof.
The DoD Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) cell coordinated with the Air Department’s COVID-19 Acquisition Working Group (DAF ACT) on the XpressCollect contract, with funding from the through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Among its many provisions, ARPA supports the construction, repair and modernization of facilities for the production of medical supplies and equipment used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In October 2020, SteriPack received a grant of $ 852,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to obtain the equipment necessary for the accelerated production of sterile nasal swabs used in COVID-19 tests. The 3 inch polyester nasal swabs are individually wrapped and labeled at SteriPack’s ISO Class 8 cleanroom manufacturing facilities located in North America, Europe and Asia.
SteriPack, a global contract manufacturer and packager of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, has also used its ISO Class 7 and 8 cleanroom facilities to develop COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment and hand hygiene products and has used its design and developing expertise to support novel therapeutic and diagnostic devices.