Front-runners in producing a coronavirus vaccine include German biotech unicorns Curevac (Tübingen) and BioNTech (Mainz). Other leading biotech firms include Moderna (Cambridge, Mass.) and Novavax (Gaithersburg, Maryland), both backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All are entering clinical trials (human testing). Big pharma are teaming up for co-development and distribution.
Alibaba and Infervision provide AI-based tools to facilitate and enhance diagnostics.
TMiRob and Blue Ocean Robotics supply robots to desinfect rooms in hospitals. Others provide robots to prepare meals for medical workers and serve food to patients (PuduTech), deliver the items within hospitals (Siasun, CloudMinds) and to the infected areas (Terra Drone).
3D printing startup Isinova has teamed up with Lonati (boht Italian) to produce over 100 different parts for live-saving respirators.
Yet, a big part of the solution may be Chloroquine, a drug that has been used to treat malaria since 1944. It is manufactured are all over the world by both big pharma and small independent firms like Ace Pharmaceutical (Netherlands).
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