Argonaut and Local Health System Address COVID-19 Sample Collection Shortage in San Diego

Argonaut Providing Supply of Materials for COVID-19 Sample Collection

Argonaut and Local Health System Address COVID-19 Sample Collection Shortage in San Diego

Carlsbad, CA, 10/21/20 – Argonaut Manufacturing Services (‘Argonaut’), a contract manufacturing organization (CMO) serving the life sciences, molecular diagnostics, and biopharma industries, today announced that they are working to supply the material needed for the San Diego community including UC San Diego Health and the San Diego County school districts for COVID-19 sample collection, commonly known as Viral Transport Media (VTM).

VTM’s stabilize the COVID-19 virus so that it can be transported to a laboratory for analysis. VTM’s are critical to detect COVID-19 and the supply chain has been susceptible to interruption.

To rapidly scale-up production of VTM, UC San Diego Health worked with Argonaut to match high volume capability requirements to meet the needs of their testing facilities.

“Argonaut was able to assemble our test kit components at a high volume, making more than 500,000 kits available, thus far, to help serve the San Diego community,” said Nick Worn, UC San Diego Health’s Distribution Program Manager.

Eric Blair, Chief Commercial Officer of Argonaut shared “Argonaut’s growth relies on the amazing people we draw from our local San Diego community. Our teams are predominately local, and we are committed to being part of the solution locally, nationally, and globally to this pandemic, but especially focused on delivering to our community. We are honored to assist UC San Diego in their critical mission to help control COVID-19, and our approach with UCSD demonstrates that local teams working together for a common goal can impact immediate change in this pandemic.”

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About Argonaut Manufacturing Services

 Argonaut Manufacturing Services is an FDA-registered cGMP contract manufacturing organization dedicated to providing custom manufacturing and supply chain solutions for biopharmaceutical companies worldwide. Argonaut features state-of-the-art automated equipment for high-yield filling of sterile injectable drugs. Projects are supported by a full analytical quality control service offering, warehousing, and global shipping logistics. Serving innovators in the life science, molecular diagnostics, and biopharma industries, Argonaut provides a wide range of flexible solutions for diverse outsourcing needs. Argonaut focuses on biologics manufacturing and does not currently manufacture vaccines with live or attenuated virus, antibody drug conjugates, or potent drugs.

Contact us to learn how we can help you with your COVID-19 sample collection materials or other sample collection materials.

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