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.

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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.

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