Ellume Announces $231.8 Million Agreement with the U.S. Government
Digital diagnostics company Ellume today announced a $231.8 million agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to accelerate domestic U.S. production of its COVID-19 home tests.
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is the first rapid self-test for COVID-19 detection authorized by the U.S. FDA for both asymptomatic and symptomatic use without a prescription. With the CDC reporting that at least 50% of COVID-19 cases are transmitted asymptomatically, Ellume’s test will play a crucial role as the only diagnostic tool authorized for non-prescription use as a screening tool in the United States.
“Our focus is enabling the U.S. to minimize community transmission and reopen as quickly as possible. The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is the only authorized test of its kind and is an essential tool for the broader pandemic response in the U.S.” said Ellume founder and CEO, Dr. Sean Parsons.
“We are prioritizing our partnership with the U.S. government to mobilize tests quickly and in the most impactful way. We will fulfill the order for these tests at the same time as we ramp up the output across our production facilities, creating more possibilities for retail and private institution use in the future,” Dr Parsons said.
The agreement includes funding to support the establishment of Ellume’s U.S.-based manufacturing facility and the delivery of 8.5 million COVID-19 home tests that will be distributed across the U.S. in accordance with the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness plan.
This US-based manufacturing capacity builds upon Ellume’s existing Australian production capacity which is on-track to procure approximately 200,000 tests per day this quarter. Under the agreement, Ellume will be delivering 100,000 tests per month from the Australian manufacturing facility until the U.S. facility is built. At full capacity, the U.S. facility will be able to produce up to 19 million tests per month.
Ellume is a participant in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative and this agreement further extends the engagement between Ellume and the U.S. government in pandemic preparedness and response.
This contract is being led by the DOD’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND), in coordination with the DOD Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell (DA2) and funded through the Health Care Enhancement Act (HCEA) to enable and support domestic production of critical medical resources. Ellume continues to pursue a multi-faceted rollout strategy of its COVID-19 Home Test including retail commercialization and partnerships with other public and private institutions.
Ellume is at the forefront of accurate, rapid and accessible testing that is integral to today’s COVID-19 response and will help ensure the world is prepared for the next infectious disease pandemic. Ellume is a digital diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes high-performance, connected products for healthcare professionals and consumers. Ellume’s key focus is on the detection of common infectious diseases which affect the global population across all diagnostic settings; at-home, point-of-care and in-laboratory. Ellume’s suite of products differ from conventional diagnostics through performance, digital connectivity, actionability and simplicity. Its novel detection technology is powered by unique quantum dot nanoparticles and integrates optics, electronics, biologics and software into an intuitive and high-performance digital platform. Ellume has a global consumer health partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, a global COVID-19 and latent TB partnership with QIAGEN, and a range of professional products under its ellume·lab brand. Ellume is committed to developing high-quality digital diagnostics that the world can rely on in a health crisis.
Further information can be found at ellumehealth.com.
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