This $15 Million Grant Will Give HBCUs The Ability To Build Labs, Provide COVID-19 Testing This Fall

Ashley Hendricks September 12, 2020 5 No Comments

This $15 Million Grant Will Give HBCUs The Ability To Build Labs, Provide COVID-19 Testing This Fall

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that I t is no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the Black community, therefore one laboratory gear company is stepping up to be sure Black youth have access to testing.

Thermo Fisher has reportedly contributed $15 million worth of gear to HBCUs throughout the nation in an initiative called The Just Project.

“Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO), the world leader in serving science, has dedicated to supporting the efforts of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) from the U.S. to create COVID-19 analyzing available to all returning students, staff and faculty at the start of the autumn semester. Through an initiative called”The Just Project,” named after pioneering biologist Ernest Everett JustThermo Fisher intends to contribute $15 million in diagnostic tools, test kits and related supplies. The company will also offer technical aid to HBCUs trying to establish or enlarge their labs to present routine on-campus COVID-19 testing during the 2020-21 school year,” a media release states.

Howard University, Morehouse School of Medicine,  Meharry Medical CollegeXavier University of Louisiana and Hampton University are a portion of the very first schools to get their contributions, whereas others are expected to join the initiative at the forthcoming months.

“Our first priority is to ensure a safe and healthy environment on our campuses,” stated Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. (president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine) via media release. “The support we receive from Thermo Fisher Scientific through The Just Project allows us to offer easy access to COVID-19 testing that is so important to getting our students back to school safely.”

In a statement, Thermo Fisher also dedicated to hiring at 500 students from HBCUs during the upcoming few decades.

“The pandemic has disproportionately affected the Black community, and historically black colleges and universities have taken a leadership role in making testing available in order to safely reopen this fall. These schools play an important role in closing the achievement gap in America and consistently train talented STEM professionals who are invaluable to companies like ours seeking to attract top talent and build a more inclusive workplace,” Fred Lowery (senior vice president and president, Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products in Thermo Fisher Scientific) said.

“Given the value we place on recruiting diverse talent, we have also committed to hiring at least 500 students from these institutions over the next three years,” Lowery added.

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