Guest Editorial by Monique Merhige, President, Infusion Direct Marketing
With the COVID-19 global pandemic on the rise and no end in sight, the Biopharma industry has received billions in US government funding to push the development of a COVID vaccine forward.
The race is on as drug makers across the country work diligently to develop vaccines and therapies to help fight the COVID-19 battle.
The U.S. government will pay $1.95 billion to buy 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc. and German biotech BioNTech SE if it proves to be safe and effective.**
The contract is the most the United States has agreed to spend on a vaccine, under “Operation Warp Speed,” the White House program aimed at accelerating access to vaccines and treatments for the new coronavirus.
(Hear directly from HHS Secretary Azar as he explains Operation Warp Speed – a plan to bring #coronavirus vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to the American people in record time. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and YouTube. Posted on May 27, 2020.)
Previous deals with other vaccine makers were intended to also help pay for development costs.
The U.S. government has agreed to invest more than $5 billion in vaccines and has funded more than 30 projects, including for diagnostics and treatments.
AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company has also received 1 billion from the government towards research and development and is currently working with Oxford University to develop a vaccine.
(Yahoo Finance’s Anjalee Khemlani reports on the latest coronavirus vaccine news. Courtesy of Yahoo Finance and YouTube. Posted on Jul 20, 2019.)
With significant progress being made, the projections are for the first deliveries potentially starting in September.
Biopharmaceutical, also known as a biologic(al) medical product, or biologic, is any pharmaceutical drug product manufactured in, extracted from, or semi-synthesized from biological sources.
Different from totally synthesized pharmaceuticals, they include vaccines, blood, blood components, allergenics, somatic cells, gene therapies, tissues, recombinant therapeutic protein, and living medicines used in cell therapy.
With the current global health pandemic, Biopharma manufacturers need to upgrade their security quickly and efficiently to help keep their facilities safe from anti-vaccine protestors and people trying to steal confidential information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a race to the finish line when it comes to developing a safe and effective vaccine through research and development.
(Learn More. Humankind has never had a more urgent task than creating broad immunity for coronavirus. Realistically, if we’re going to return to normal, we need to develop a safe, effective vaccine—and we need to do it faster than we’ve ever developed a vaccine before. Courtesy of Bill Gates and YouTube. Posted on Apr 30, 2020.)
These manufacturers need to protect themselves from situations emanating from corporate espionage, vaccine protestors, product tampering, and leaked information.
The way to accomplish this effectively is to secure the perimeter of the facilities with high performance turnstiles and create a strong barrier to prevent unauthorized access.
Over the years, Aeroturn, a leading made in the USA turnstile manufacturer has been instrumental in helping this Biopharma industry secure their facilities where access control and securing the perimeter needs to be tight.
The Biopharma industry needs must only deploy a best-in-class turnstile solution that can operate without any downtime to ensure the wrong person or group does not enter the premises.
Aeroturn has been working in the US Biopharma industry as well as multi-continent companies with headquarters based in the US and continues to deliver quality turnstiles that can be counted on to secure these high-profile facilities.
“We are proud to have been selected as the winning turnstile solution for a major Biopharma company in North America who is helping the fight against COVID-19 after competing against two other large well-known turnstile manufacturers,” explains Michael Stoll, VP of Technical Sales & Marketing at Aeroturn.
“Aeroturn won the initial project back in 2018 and all future installations based on superior reputation, performance specifications, durability, endurance, our 5-year warranty & zero maintenance mechanisms, and a 10 million passages guarantee.”
(Aeroturn was featured on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland® to discuss with Mike Stoll how the company is securing entryways with zero-maintenance custom turnstiles. Courtesy of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland and YouTube. Posted on Mar 10, 2020.)
With a phased approach, Aeroturn won Phase I in September of 2018 and deployed four lanes of its enhanced X-Wing turnstiles with custom LED’s that matched the corporate colors at the Biopharma company’s North American headquarters.
Phase II consisted of an additional 11 lanes of X-Wing turnstiles that were deployed the following year at another campus.
After proving themselves over the course of two years, Aeroturn was selected once again in 2020 to complete Phase III with an additional 8 lanes of turnstiles and the remaining to be deployed at the end of 2020 at the same campus.
Each location came with its own set of customized floor conditions, side entry cabling, and low-profile platforms when necessary; making this a customized turnstile solution.
In addition, all work was performed off-hours and weekends to help minimize disruption at the facility at no additional cost to the Biopharma company.
Phase IV has already commenced with the architects and engineers specifying portions of the next group of security upgrades for 2021; which will include more Aeroturn turnstiles deployed.
Being Proactive When It Comes To Security
Due to the current national emergency, the Biopharma industry needs to be proactive when it comes to securing its entrance ways with quality, reliable turnstiles to protect valuable vaccine research.
As a vaccine manufacturer, coming up with a quality vaccine is just as important as keeping it safe with the right perimeter protection solution.
With the requests for turnstiles highly expedited at these vaccine manufacturing facilities; Aeroturn is ready to deliver and handle the influx.
With a sparkling track record for quality, Aeroturn offers the Biopharma industry turnstiles that never had a single lane replacement due to performance failure in 15 years.
In addition, every customer is offered a 10 million passage guarantee without required maintenance and an industry leading 5-year warranty.
With all parts manufactured 100% in the USA and zero maintenance mechanisms, Aeroturn understands that there is no room for error in today’s world.
By creating a safe environment for vaccine research and development to take place; the closer we will come to a world without COVID-19 in it.
This will be a good day for all.
About the Author
Monique Merhige, Founder and President of Infusion Direct Marketing, has over 20 years of marketing communications experience with technology companies ranging from small security integrators and equipment manufacturers to high profile security manufacturers including Sony Security Systems.
Infusion offers cost-effective marketing consulting services to take their clients businesses to the next level of success, with client companies relying on Infusion Direct Marketing as their extended marketing team.
Monique has served as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Dowling College in Oakdale and Brookhaven and holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and an MBA in General Management.
Additionally, she has authored numerous case studies and articles published in the NY Real Estate Journal, Security Products, Campus Safety and Security Sales & Integration.
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Aeroturn has been offering integrators and end users this century’s turnstiles that include a comprehensive range of turnstile products.
With an engineering team that is second to none; the team has been together for over two and a half decades in the product design, development and manufacturing field and continues to lead the way in the security industry.
Since its inception in 2001, Aeroturn offers every customer a 5-year warranty, zero maintenance mechanisms, 10 million passages guaranteed, site specific cabinets, 10,000 cycle factory burn-in, and industry unique-factory direct delivery & installation.
The company installed its first turnstiles in 2003 and 2004 and has not stopped delivering quality turnstiles and services over the years to its high-profile customers in a wide variety of vertical markets.
Those markets include commercial, private, government, industrial, bio-pharma and education sectors.
Working closely with the architect, consultant & engineering community, Aeroturn understands the specific needs of its customers and continues to exceed expectations on each and every project.
Aeroturn LLC Takes the Gold in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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Integrated Turnstile System
The Integrated deployable turnstile system from Aeroturn LLC, is a modular deployable turnstile system fully integrated into a passive or active metal detection module, (the two most effective pedestrian entrance control devices – turnstile & metal detection).
With this cutting edge screening technology system, Aeroturn LLC is providing clients with the capability to rapidly detect and prevent unauthorized entry after attempting to proceed with ferrous metal objects otherwise unseen in sensitive locations.
Aeroturn LLC was also recognized with a Win in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award.
For further information on Aeroturn’s turnkey turnstile solutions, visit www.aeroturn.com.
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