Mayor de Blasio today announced the launch of the Pandemic Response Lab (PRL), a facility dedicated to processing COVID-19 tests within 24-48 hours for NYC Health + Hospitals. Based in the Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan, the lab is now up and running, and will scale up its capacity to process approximately 20,000 tests per day by November.
"With New York City's infection rate and hospitalizations at their lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic, we know that our strategy of widespread testing and tracing is working," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The PRL will build on our city's reputation as a world leader in making testing available to everyone."
In an effort led by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and using technology licensed from NYU Langone Health based on research led by Dr. Jef Boeke, a geneticist and founding director of The Institute for Systems Genetics at NYU Langone, Brooklyn-based Opentrons, a robotics company focused on life sciences, worked with diagnostic experts from P4 Clinical, Health + Hospitals, and the NYC Test + Trace team to launch Pandemic Response Lab.
Through LifeSci NYC, a $500 million initiative announced by the mayor in 2016, NYCEDC has done a significant amount of work to grow New York City's life science ecosystem. Building upon this expertise, NYCEDC was called upon by the NYC Test & Trace Corps to support in the identification, operationalization, and coordination of a local lab for COVID-19 testing.
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