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BARDA Teams Up with DoD’s JPEO-CBRN and Corning Incorporated to Expand Production of Corning’s Valor® Glass Vials

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BARDA partnered with the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRN) and Corning Incorporated for the rapid expansion of domestic capacity to manufacture high-quality Corning Valor® Glass tubing and vials/cartridges to reduce supply chain risk and ensure rapid delivery of medical countermeasures (MCMs) in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. With this investment, the U.S. government will secure access to vital supplies to safeguard the nation against potential shortages and decrease the reliance on foreign supply chains.

Corning Valor Glass vials are purpose-built for pharmaceuticals and securely transporting medicines to the U.S. warfighter, including in combat zones. This award will allow Corning to expand its domestic manufacturing capacity to produce enough Valor glass vials to supply billions of doses of drugs or vaccines over the next three years if needed for the COVID-19 pandemic response and future public health emergencies. Corning will accelerate the scale up of Valor Glass tubing and vial manufacturing at the company’s facilities in Durham, North Carolina; Big Flats, New York; and Vineland, New Jersey.

According to information provided by Corning, Valor Glass provides superior chemical durability to minimize particulate contamination. The specialized glass allows for rapid filling and capping methods that can increase manufacturing throughput by as much as 50 percent on conventional filling lines, which in turn can reduce the overall manufacturing time for vaccines and therapies. Valor glass vials also have been shown to be up to 10 times stronger than conventional glass vials, which can reduce damage and breakage during manufacturing and shipping.

About Corning:

The following information is provided by the company and does not indicate endorsement by the federal government of the company or its products.

Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 169-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, automotive technologies, life sciences technologies, and display technologies.

Last Updated: June 19, 2020

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