Global support

IChemE has set up a COVID-19 Response Team to lead this effort which is made up of members who bring to the team much expertise from a wide range of geographical locations.

The response from volunteers to join the team was incredible and over 40 volunteers from several different countries with expertise in pharmaceutical process scale-up, design and manufacturing; project management; facilities build and antibody therapeutics, have agreed to provide their time and expertise. The volunteers’ networks were used to co-opt others with relevant expertise and to facilitate discussions with other institutions.

Objectives of the team

The vision for the project is to build networks of volunteers in a structured hub so that we can mobilise assistance to address current and any future technical gaps in the COVID-19 response action plan. By pooling IChemE’s global resources, we will be able to respond quickly to calls for assistance from international governmental and healthcare organisations and will be able to offer advice and support, independent of commercial interests.

Workstreams

The project will focus on specific work streams, reflecting areas of chemical engineering expertise in manufacture of small molecule and biological medicines as well as extending to cover diagnostics and hospital service requirements including medical gases and PPE.

The support provided will change as the issues become apparent over the next weeks. Ultimately, if the project team can assist in providing the right support, this will contribute to helping as many patients as possible in a timely manner.

The workstreams are outlined below:

  • diagnostics: test methodology, manufacturing, and roll out
  • vaccines/bioprocess/API
  • vaccines/bioprocess/drug product including fill finish
  • antibody therapeutics
  • small molecules therapeutics
  • hospital services and medical supplies (HSMS)
  • international liaison – global collaboration hub to share learning
  • communications.

More information

If you have a request for engineering support or are able to volunteer to be part of this project, please contact the IChemE COVID-19 Response Team at covid@icheme.org.

The work of the project team is moving at a rapid pace, please look out for further updates on this page and on our social media channels. To contact the team please email covid@icheme.org.