Apple gives out $10 million to COVID-19 testing kit company
Apple has published that it’s giving out $10 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to COPAN Diagnostics, a company that produces COVID-19 testing kits that are critical to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The funds will help Copan scale up its coronavirus sample-kit production ability from several thousand to over a million kits a week by early July. Apple is pulling on its Advanced Manufacturing Fund — normally reserved for close suppliers like Corning — showing the relative urgency it’s placing on the project.
“COPAN is one of the world’s most innovative manufacturers of sample collection kits for COVID-19 testing, and we’re thrilled to partner with them so they can expand as we work to address this significant issue for our nation,” stated Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in a press release. “I couldn’t be prouder of our teams for bringing all of their energy, passion, and innovative spirit to supporting the country’s COVID-19 response.”
The company is also the “leading transport medium for collection, transport, preservation, and long-term freeze storage of clinical specimens containing viruses,” according to the press release.
Apple noted that it has donated 10 million face shields and sourced 30 million masks for healthcare professionals. It also developed an app and website in cooperation with the CDC to help users check their symptoms, and is collaborating with Google on a COVID-19 contact-tracing app.