SteriPack Group, a global contract manufacturer serving the medical device, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic markets, has received a $14.743 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to develop domestic production capability for XpressCollect used in support of diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
XpressCollect integrates a lower nasal collection device within a dry transport vial promoting increased accessibility, courtesy of self-collection, while also substantially reducing laboratory costs. This industrial base expansion allows SteriPack to establish production capacity of more than 22 million units per month.
“The development of XpressCollect is the latest example of SteriPack’s continued efforts to combat COVID-19,” says Andrew McLean, president & CEO of SteriPack. “This project underscores the capabilities of our global product Design & Development team, coupled with our ability to rapidly execute projects with full product lifecycle management services. We are humbled to have received this contract from the US Government and look forward to bringing this new production capacity on-line.”
The DoD’s Defense Assisted Acquisition (DA2) Cell led this effort in coordination with the Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAF ACT). This effort was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to enable and support domestic industrial expansion for critical medical resources.
Featured Image: XpressCollect, an innovative product that integrates a lower nasal collection device within a dry transport vial promoting increased accessibility, courtesy of self-collection, while also substantially reducing laboratory costs for COVID-19 testing. Photo: SteriPack