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IPGG takes part in the fight against COVID-19 outbreak

IPGG takes part in the fight against COVID-19 outbreak
Solidarity with hospitals.

The IPGG's UMS 3750 responded to the call from the Parisian delegation of the CNRS and donated individual protective equipment and chemicals for the manufacture of hydroalcoholic gel to Parisian hospitals and EHPAD.
T’she IPGG technology platform gave 50 litres of ethanol, 25 litres of hydrogen peroxide, protective clothing and nearly 3,000 pairs of gloves. They were sent via ESPCI to help the parisian hospitals and EHPADs in need of equipment.

3D printing of respirator components (photo).

Giacomo Gropplero, research engineer at IPGG, manufactured several components for respirators using the 3D printers available in the Institute. These pieces have allowed the ventilation of COVID19 patients at the Saint-Joseph Hospital in Paris. He produced them in partnership with Curie Institute and the IPGG's technological platform.

The MMN team (ESPCI-IPGG) is developing a rapid and low-cost diagnostic test for covid-19. This project has been selected by the ANR call COVID-19.

Reliable, rapid and low-cost diagnosis is a crucial issue in monitoring the covid-19 outbreak. Building on its past experience in providing such solutions for Ebola, Zika and Chikungunya epidemics, the MMN team led by Patrick Tabeling is currently fully mobilized with Jean-Claude Manuguerra's group at Institut Pasteur to develop paper-based diagnostic tests. These tests detect the presence of nucleic acid sequences associated with the virus and thus make it possible to diagnose individuals carrying the pathogen a day or two after infection. This crucial information cannot be provided by serological tests, which are based on the immune response that is only visible ten to twenty days after infection. The result, obtained in less than an hour, only requires a smartphone for detection. Producing a simple and inexpensive test are the objectives of the team in partnership with the Carnot IPGG Microfluidic to respond to the current health situation.

IPGG thanks its members and especially its young researchers, for taking initiatives that allow the IPPG community to contribute to research against covid-19 and to support colleagues in hospitals.