“We’ve been approached by three different companies. All three of which have been our clients and each of them have a COVID treatment,” said Andrea Wagner, BSM’s Senior VP Business Development.
“The COVID blocks the lungs from distributing oxygen to your body. These treatments are designed to open up your airways and get oxygen through”, completes Wagner.
Kinney explains, first of all, that each of the three companies – who cannot be named due to confidentiality agreements – are approaching the problem from a different vantage point.
Furthermore, BSM has also been approached by the US federal government asking the company to develop clinical material that could be used in a possible vaccine. Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing’s role in the process would be to sterilize material, then place it in vials and syringes so that to have it ready for clinical trials.
“Clinical trials are held on newly developed drugs to determine if they’re safe to put on the market”, Kinney explained.
“The problem with many of these patients that get pneumonia is the inflammation of the lungs, and if they can disrupt the inflammation process so you don’t get inflammation these patients will be able to continue to breathe and hopefully do well,” explained Kinney.
COVID-19 TREATMENT DRUGS
One of the drug molecules attacks inflammation. A second drug might be able to boost the immune system of COVID-19 patients. Finally, the third drug seeks to expand how much oxygen the lungs can take in.
“If they can boost the immune system of people they are hoping that some of them won’t get to the advanced stages of pneumonia. Regarding the third drug, it might help people having difficulty to breathe. If they can improve the oxygen uptake, likewise it will offer greater support in the later stages of the disease,” Kinney said.
Founded in 2014, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing is located in Lee, Massachusetts. The company provides small scale sterile manufacturing services with the highest level of sterility assurance and quality achievable through the use of the most modern technologies for sterile manufacturing.
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