Alexander Says NIH “Shark Tank” Doing In Months What Usually Takes 3-7 Years

Friday, July 31, 2020
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Friday said the “Shark Tank” initiative at the National Institutes of Health is “doing in months what usually takes three to seven years,” after the NIH announced fun
ding for seven new COVID-19 diagnostic testing methods.
 
“Tens of millions of new diagnostic tests with quick results are key to containing the virus and building confidence to go back to school, back to work and out to eat,” Senator Alexander said. “This is the surest path toward normalcy until we have a vaccine.
Thanks to NIH’s ‘Shark Tank,’ scientists are transforming COVID-19 testing by fast tracking new technologies with a goal of producing tens of millions more diagnostic tests this fall that can deliver results in minutes, instead of waiting days for a laboratory to send a result.
 
“I commend Dr. Francis Collins and the scientists and engineers at NIH and other agencies for today’s announcement of additional, rapid, point-of-care and lab-based tests—some using hand-held technologies. I am looking forward to their continued success in getting more tests to schools, colleges, nursing homes, hospitals and states to contain the virus.”
 
Officials said, "Senator Alexander and Senate health appropriations committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) led an effort in April to pass $1.5 billion in funding for the competitive “Shark Tank” at NIH so it could work in coordination with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the private sector to pull out all stops and fast track new technologies designed to produce tens of millions of tests. Their legislation allocated another $1 billion to BARDA to work with NIH to accelerate production of these tests."

Sites Announced For Free Health Department COVID-19 Testing This Week And Weekend

CHI Memorial Receives "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus" Quality Achievement Award

CASA Celebrates 10 Years Of Child Advocacy


The Health Department has announced free COVID-19 testing sites available this week and weekend. Testing Wednesday through Sunday: Alstom Plant, 1125 Riverfront Pkwy. - Thursday and ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s ... (click for more)

On Aug. 18, 2010, CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on working with trained, community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected ... (click for more)



Living Well

Sites Announced For Free Health Department COVID-19 Testing This Week And Weekend

The Health Department has announced free COVID-19 testing sites available this week and weekend. Testing Wednesday through Sunday: Alstom Plant, 1125 Riverfront Pkwy. - Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Saturday and Sunday from 7-11 a.m. Testing Saturday and Sunday: The Village Church (the old Mt. Canaan Church), 2800 N Chamberlain Ave. Saturday ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Receives "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus" Quality Achievement Award

CHI Memorial has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s "commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence." CHI ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Commission Told That Local Company With $85 Million Expansion Got "No Help" From City Government

County Commission members were told Wednesday that a local firm's effort to invest $85 million and create 120 new jobs in Chattanooga got absolutely no help from city government. Officials of Southern Champion Tray on Tuesday announced the major project, but the press release did not have any quotes from Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke as usually would be the case. County Mayor ... (click for more)

Commissioner Smedley Says Most Apison Residents Do Not Want New Dollar General

County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said Wednesday that most Apison residents like their rural way of life and do not want a new Dollar General. She said the location of the requested store at 11156 East Brainerd Road "is right in the middle of a residential area." Ben Berry, an engineer from Cleveland, Tn., said Apison is growing and many residents would welcome a new shopping ... (click for more)

Opinion

PILOTs In The Pandemic Period

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost everything. But there are a few exceptions. One exception is how easy it still is for a company to get a Payment-in-Lieu-of-Tax (PILOT) Agreement from Hamilton County. On Wednesday at the Hamilton County Commission agenda meeting, commissioners and the county mayor appeared enthusiastic about approving a property tax break for Southern ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Lunchbox Letters

You’ll remember the COVID crisis abruptly ended the 2019-20 school year in April and then followed a miserable four months where the flu effectively prohibited our children from seeing their friends, playing Little League baseball and being on the swim team. Our psychologists tell us the children have also suffered from “negative mental health issues.” Children need to begin catching ... (click for more)