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Technology developed locally helps coronavirus patients return home for treatment

Innovative technology from a Kansas City company has enabled 14 U.S. citizens who tested positive for coronavirus to receive treatment back home in the United States.

Flight-ready containerized biocontainment systems (CBCS) from MRIGlobal easily roll on and off of airplanes. The units containerize highly contagious pathogens, are extremely durable and allow for the safe transport of patients while maintaining biocontainment and safe flight. MRIGlobal designed the CBCS through a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Paul G. Allen Foundation in response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

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As reported on international news, the citizens were evacuated on Monday from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been quarantined off the coast of Japan for more than 10 days. The patients were evacuated in the safest manner to a specialized containment area on chartered evacuation aircraft to isolate them, using standard protocols, for medical care in coronavirus treatment centers in the United States.

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MRIGlobal designed the units as a reusable bio-containment and medical treatment unit to operate on government or civilian cargo aircraft. The units can containerize highly contagious pathogens, are extremely durable and allow for the safe transport of critically ill patients while maintaining biocontainment and safe flight.

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“We’re proud to play a part in helping to safely evacuate people out of harm’s way to locations where they can receive appropriate medical care,” said Dean Gray, Ph.D., director at MRIGlobal “There’s nothing like the CBCS for flyable medical transport. It was developed to respond to critical global health situations like the coronavirus outbreak and ultimately to save lives.”

To date, MRIGlobal has designed and delivered four CBCS units, which are in use by the U.S. government. MRIGlobal’s state-of-the-art, flight-ready Containerized Biocontainment System was awarded an R&D100 Award for Innovation by R&D Magazine in 2016. Each year R&D Magazine presents the awards to 100 of the most technologically significant and innovative technologies introduced to the marketplace over the past year.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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