Apple has awarded $10 million from its Advanced Production Fund to COPAN Diagnostics, a company concentrated on producing sample collection kits for screening COVID-19 to healthcare facilities in the U.S. The cash comes from the fund that Apple developed to support the development and growth of U.S.-based manufacturing, but is especially notable since to date, the fund has actually been utilized to support companies tied more directly to its own supply chain.
The $10 million award also includes Apple employing its sourcing resources to discover equipment and products for COPAN Diagnostics, consisting of brand-new innovative equipment the iPhone-maker is helping create itself. Funds will likewise be utilized by COPAN to expand to a bigger production center in Southern California that can output more supply, growing its run rate from around several thousand currently, to over one million kits weekly by July, according to Apple.
COPAN is a pioneer in the diagnostics world, having actually previously created flocked swabs in 2003, and it presently uses the world’s leading transportation medium for virus-containing clinical specimens. The financial investment here from Apple is focused mainly on scale, taking the existing knowledge of COPAN and making it into something that can operate somewhere closer to the amazing production volumes that Apple can accomplish, in order to help attend to the urgent need for more testing products to avoid that being the bottleneck to widespread COVID-19 diagnostics in the U.S.
Apple has actually rerouted a lot of its resources, consisting of financial donations, protective equipment sourcing, and software application development resources for both symptom-checking apps and the upcoming partnership with Google on exposure alert software application, to combatting the worldwide coronavirus crisis. This deployment of the Advanced Production Fund is yet another example of how the business can deal with the pandemic in a range of ways that are unique to its global position, expertise and relationships.