At EI we are applying our skills, expertise and resources to tackle many complex challenges resulting from the current pandemic, from ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity, developing systems approaches for tracking the disease, and enabling research with our computational infrastructure, tools and resources.
Latest actions and updates in response to COVID-19
Resources and collaboration key to the Earlham Institute meeting the COVID-19 challenge
Norwich Testing Initiative
Ramping up COVID-19 testing for key workers
Applying expertise in automation to scale up testing
EI scientists have played an essential role in applying their expertise in automation to scale up a new testing facility in the University of East Anglia Bob Champion Building, which is a stone’s throw from NNUH.
James Lipscombe and Dr Thomas Brabbs of the Genomics Pipelines Group worked hard throughout the Easter period to develop flexible, automated protocols for RNA extraction and qPCR setup for COVID-19 testing.
Laboratory manager Geoff Plumb has ensured that robots and other essential equipment could be successfully redeployed. The expertise and services normally offered to people through our BIO Foundry are being redirected towards COVID testing.