The gear, which was discovered in a former environmental control facility storeroom at its ON3 campus on the border of Clifton and Nutley, includes more than 400 DuPont Tyvek Bacteria suits, 500 Kimtec bacterial masks and 1,000 personal hygiene kits each with four masks, latex gloves, a disposable thermometer, hand sanitizer and sterile wipes.
“When Roche sold us the campus, they left lots of things behind — from artwork, to building materials to biologic research supplies,” Eugene Diaz, principal partner, Prism, said. “When we realized the abundance of the protective gear in our possession, we quickly determined that the best way to make good use of these items was to give them to the medical community at a time when supplies are so desperately needed and in short supply. We hope that other similarly situated research properties and companies can do the same thing.”
ON3 is the home of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery an Innovation, which recently received approval by the U.S. FDA to begin using a rapid response diagnostic test for COVID-19.
“We are proud that ON3’s growing bio ecosystem is contributing to healthcare advancements at a time when our nation – and globe – needs this type of innovation more than any other time in recent history,” Diaz said.
Prism said it delivered the gear at the medical center’s loading dock in adherence with state restrictions and precautions.
“I want to offer our deep appreciation to Prism for the discovery and donation of these essential materials during this critical time,” Robert Glenning, president, financial and information services division, and chief financial officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, said. “We are grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity as we all work together on behalf of our patients, our team members and our community.”
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