Delivering Solutions and Customer Value with Small- and Mid-Sized Partners

Partner Relationships Benefit Customers with Specialized Solutions

With world-class research laboratories and expertise across applied scientific and engineering research, MRIGlobal is well-equipped to address the world’s most important challenges. In cases when customer needs are uniquely specialized, we will also partner with the right companies – many of which are small- and mid-sized – to support fulfilling research needs. When establishing those partnerships, it is because we are committed to exceeding customer expectations.  

“UNLIKE MANY CROS, MRIGLOBAL WILL ONLY ESTABLISH A PARTNERSHIP WHEN WE BELIEVE THERE WILL BE A CLEAR BENEFIT FOR OUR CUSTOMER, RESULTING IN THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME FOR THEM.” 

To learn more about our partnerships with small- and mid-sized companies, we spoke with Dominie Garcia, Director of Business Development for MRIGlobal’s Health business. 

How does MRIGlobal approach partnerships with small- and mid-sized companies?
Unlike many CROs, MRIGlobal will only establish a partnership when we believe there will be a clear benefit for our customer, resulting in the best possible outcome for them. This ensures that we’re delivering value for our customer, which is our priority.  

What is the benefit for customers of MRIGlobal partnering with others?  
While our laboratories and teams of researchers are world class, customers can have very specialized needs for expertise or instrumentation. When their needs warrant additional expertise in the design, development, or execution of research, we call on partners to help support that work. In that way, we’re not only providing research, but also bringing in the right expertise in a way that delivers the best possible outcomes for our customers. Some of these relationships with other companies and individuals go back decades, so we’re quite familiar with their capabilities and the benefits they will provide our customers.  

It sounds like that relationship extends beyond us being not only a CRO, but also a solutions provider. Our commitment to customers goes beyond serving only as their research partner – our depth of knowledge, laboratories, and network means we also often serve as a solutions provider. In some cases, we may have the majority of a solution, but need specialized expertise to further develop and complete the work. In those cases, we will source the right complementary partner to do so in collaboration with us, presenting our shared solution or results to the customer. Ultimately, this leads to the best possible outcomes for the customer and their research.  

Do other companies also call on MRIGlobal to be their partner?
Absolutely – it’s rare to find the expertise and laboratories like what MRIGlobal has in disease diagnostics, pharmaceutical sciences, and engineering research. We often receive calls from other organizations looking to tap into these capabilities. Just as with our own customers, we provide them with this expertise and the innovative solutions we’re known for to address their important challenges.

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Coronavirus evacuees return safely to U.S. via innovative, MRIGlobal-designed biocontainment system.

Fourteen U.S. citizens who tested positive for coronavirus are receiving medical treatment back home in the U.S. yesterday – and not thousands of miles away in Japan – partly in thanks to innovative technology by biocontainment and global health experts at MRIGlobal, based in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

As reported on international news, the citizens were evacuated on Monday from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had been quarantined off the coast of Japan for more than 10 days. The patients were evacuated in the safest manner to a specialized containment area on chartered evacuation aircraft to isolate them, using standard protocols, for medical care in coronavirus treatment centers in the U.S.

One of the specialized units was designed by MRIGlobal engineers through a private-public partnership with U.S. Department of State and the Paul Allen Foundation in response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. The units are state-of-the-art, flight-ready containerized biocontainment systems (CBCS) that roll on and off planes. MRIGlobal designed the CBCS as a reusable bio-containment and medical treatment unit to operate on government/civilian cargo aircraft. The units can containerize highly contagious pathogens, are extremely durable and allow for the safe transport of critically ill patients while maintaining biocontainment and safe flight.

According to Dean Gray, Ph.D., Director at MRIGlobal, “We’re proud to play a part in helping to safely evacuate people out of harm’s way to locations where they can receive appropriate medical care.

“There’s nothing like the CBCS for flyable medical transport” added Gray. “It was developed to respond to critical global health situations like the coronavirus outbreak, and ultimately to save lives.”

To date, MRIGlobal has designed and delivered four CBCS units, which are in use by the U.S. government.

MRIGlobal’s state-of-the-art, flight-ready Containerized Biocontainment System (CBCS) was awarded an R&D100 Award for Innovation by R&D Magazine in 2016. Each year R&D Magazine presents the awards to 100 of the most technologically significant and innovative technologies introduced to the marketplace over the past year.

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT THE SITES BELOW:
  • For more information about CBCS, visit https://mriglobal.org/containerized-bio-containment-system-cbcs/
  • Outside media sources covering this event –
    – https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32248/747s-carrying-americans-exposed-to-coronavirus-used-new-quarantine-box-for-infected-flyers
    – http:www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-japan-cruise-passengers-isolated-plane-2020-2?fbclid=IwAR322KLoEJhI4W-6BF5VfZItQDCoJDw7VoxxcoiYZhRYI-_2m1YGvn-VCh8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dignitaries gathered to unveil the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) School, Chemical Defense Training Facility (CDTF) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Fully operational and the only facility of its kind within the U.S. Department of Defense, the CDTF will be the global venue of choice for live toxic CBRN defense training. Authorities estimate that nearly 5,000 Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and allied nation military personnel will be trained at the CDTF in the next year.

Following a six-month shutdown, the CDTF reopens a more robust facility with 11 realistic scenarios for basic, intermediate, and advanced CBRN training programs.  The enhancements enable immersive training in diverse environments to challenge the senses and skills of future Joint Force leaders and units.  Modifications transformed the gray masonry walls and institutional “feel” with high resolution 3D graphics and state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and furnishings to provide a modern, gaming-style atmosphere through which students are trained.

The initiative was managed by Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND).  The JPEO-CBRND and CBRN School partnered with U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (CCDC CBC) to create imagery for the updated CDTF.  Innovative, high resolution 3D wall graphics were designed and rendered by CCDC CBC’s Interactive Software and Visual Media branch of the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Business Unit.  MRIGlobal designed and executed facility upgrades in concert with HHI Corporation fabrication and installation efforts.

Revised training materials and procedures have been developed by Maneuver Support Center of Excellence to leverage the expanded mission sets now available within the facility and meet the evolving needs of the Operational Force.

Review of work done for CDTF

“JPEO-CBRND’s involvement in the CDTF is an investment in our warfighters and those of our international allies. This state-of-the-art facility and the capabilities it houses will ensure our soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen have the critical skills and understanding they need to fight and win in a CBRN environment.”
–Douglas Bryce, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense

“Absolutely amazing transformation of this one-of-kind facility in the DOD—truly a first class enhancement effort that has without a doubt made the CDTF the global venue of choice for live, toxic dismounted chemical reconnaissance and counter-weapons of mass destruction mission training for our Joint uniformed service members and international partners.”
–Brigadier General Andy Munera, Commandant, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood Missouri

“MRIGlobal is honored to continue our support of the U.S. Department of Defense in providing such an important training facility to defend against threat agents.”
–Thomas M. Sack, Ph.D., MRIGlobal President and Chief Executive Officer

“HHI Corporation was fortunate to be able to work with such a great team on this project. We are privileged to help create an amazing training facility for our armed forces.”
– Ryan Lamoreaux, HHI Corporation Senior Project Manager for CDTF.

To learn more about MRIGlobal’s security and defense program, click here.

To learn more about the Chemical Defense Training Facility, visit the following links.

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