COLLEGE STATION, Texas - "Ready to save the world," is what Texas A&M says it is ready to do at the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM), a state-of-the-art biotech manufacturing center that’s set up to make millions of vaccine doses.
TAMU Chancellor John Sharp recently interviewed three scientists affiliated with CIADM who help ensure that the center is ready if the government orders it to begin rapidly manufacturing a mass amount of COVID-19 vaccines.
“The bottom line,” Chancellor Sharp told the scientists, is that “as soon as you get a task order, you are ready to save the world.”
The interviews, which will be featured on the next episode of TAMU's "COVID-19: The Texas A& M University System Responds," will go into detail on the numerous challenges that the scientists face in order to manufacture and deliver a future COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the university, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies now owns and operates the CIADM facilities. The university says a trained workforce can quickly respond should the government call on A&M System and Fujifilm, its subcontractor, to manufacture one or more COVID-19 vaccines.
CIADM is one of only four facilities built by the U.S. government following the 2009 swine flu pandemic and in 2017 the university system completed the construction of two new facilities and refitted an additional third site.
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