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Collaboration Is Redefining The Future Of Healthcare

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The COVID-19 crisis has showed us that no matter how good one organization is, we cannot solve the world’s problems in isolation. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is a case in point, and the spirit of collaboration looks set to define the next chapter in the world’s journey towards medical breakthroughs. Shutterstock.com In the early months of the pandemic in 2020, the world needed a breakthrough. A global shortage of respirators saw the Ford Motor Company join forces with 3M and GE Healthcare to develop a new kind of powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR). Ford located some of its off-the-shelf parts like fans from its cooled seats, whilst 3M used its HEPA air filters to filter airborne contaminants such as droplets that carry virus particles.

Transformative collaborations are also shaping the future of testing– and there appears to be a common theme: strategic partnerships between academic research institutions and commercial companies. It was announced in April 2021 that the University of Oxford, the diagnostics company Prenetics, and the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) are collaborating to further develop OxLAMP, a molecular testing technology for […]

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